How To Succeed in College/Sexual Health

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Sexual Health Statistics[edit]

As of 2008, 98% of women and 97% of men between the ages of 25-44 reported having had vaginal intercourse, 89% of women and 90% of men reported having had oral sex with an opposite sex partner, and 36% of women and 44% of men reported having had anal sex with an opposite sex partner. Onset of sexual activity begins after age 15, and by age 24 most people have had sex. Attending college slightly reduces the odds of having had any form of sex compared to those with no high school diploma, but not substantially.[1]

Women are twice as likely as men to have had any type of sex with the same sex. For women aged 18 – 19 years old, 90% identified themselves as heterosexual, 1.9% homosexual, and 5.8% bisexual. For males of the same age, 96% said they were heterosexual, 1.6% homosexual, and 1.1% bisexual.

Sexual Dangers[edit]

Individuals who engaged in riskier sex - sex with a non-intimate person, sex without a condom, and casual sex - in high school are likely to continue to engage in riskier sex in college, as most social behavior does not change in this transition.[2] These behaviors are riskier because they increase the odds of both sexually transmitted infections and sexual violence. According to one recent survey, about 64% of college students engage in these types of risky behaviors.[2]


  1. Sexual behavior, sexual attraction, and sexual identity in the United States: data from the 2006- 2008 National Survey of Family Growth.” National Health Statistics Reports (36):1-36.
  2. a b Bailey, Jennifer A., Charles B. Fleming, Jessica N. Henson, Richard F. Catalano, and Kevin P. Haggerty. 2008. “Sexual Risk Behavior 6 Months Post-High School: Associations with College Attendance, Living with a Parent, and Prior Risk Behavior.” Journal of Adolescent Health 42(6):573-579 Web. 13 Mar. 2012