Friday, November 12, 2010


As if in honor of Stanford's second years studying the reproductive health block right around now, a big sex study was published a month ago: the "National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB), a nationally representative study of the sexual and sexual health related behaviors of 5,865 adolescents and adults in the U.S." How I didn't hear about it until now given how Facebookable this is, I don't know. Here are some of the interesting findings:

1. Single people report using condoms ~33% of the time; 14-17 year old boys are highest (80%), and white women are lowest (20%).
2. Male orgasm correlates with a consistent partner; female with sex variety (i.e. vaginal/oral).
3. 8% of men, 7% of women identified as being gay; between 8-15% (depending on type of sex, age, male/female) have ever tried it.
4. In 16-17 year old boys/girls, 30%/32% have ever had sex, 79%/54% have ever masturbated; in 18-19 year old boys/girls, 60%/61% have ever had sex.

This was pulled from Time's webpage here:
I intend to go through the primary literature here (Stanford med proxy):

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