Discussions about Contraception or STDs Prior to Sex

Fact SheetSexual & Reproductive HealthApr 1 2008

Using data from high school students, this Fact Sheet finds that only half of teens report discussing contraception or STDs with a partner prior to having sexual intercourse for the first time. Males, whites, and Hispanics are less likely to have these discussions, whereas teens who report higher levels of communication with their parents and engage in more dating activities with their partners are more likely to discuss contraception or STDs.