16 percent of heterosexual US adolescents who interviewed researchers for their study had anal intercourse. Only a few protect themselves with a condom.
For their study, scientists from the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center interviewed some 1300 adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 21 about their sexual practices. All study participants had unprotected intercourse in the past three months.
Result of the survey: 16 percent of the subjects had anal sex – and only just under a third used a condom. A worrying result, finds study leader Celia Lescano. Anal sex is a major risk factor in the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
The study also revealed another ugly detail: most female questioned have been forced into sexual intercourse at least once in the past. Against this background, Lescano called for more education: “We have to teach girls and young women to assert themselves in their partnerships.” This includes refusing sex practices if they do not want them, and negotiating safer sex , whether it be anal sex. or vaginal.
The study was published in the journal “American Journal of Public Health”.