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US citizens report slightly less sexual activity than in 2002

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1500 (Published 07 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1500
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

More young Americans in 2006-8 said that they had never had sex with anybody than did so in 2002, a new report has found. And more said that they had had oral sex but not penile-vaginal sex than in the earlier survey. Across all age groups more women than men reported same sex experiences.

The new report, from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), compares recent data with those from a 2002 survey.

The data were collected in 2006-8 through interviews with 13 495 men and women aged 15-44 in a national sample of US households. Interviewees saw the questions on a computer screen or heard them through headphones and entered their responses directly onto …

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