A Teen Twist on Sex

A new survey says many U.S. teens have engaged in oral sex--and it's not just boys on the receiving end

Americans have plenty of opinions about teenage sexuality. What they don't have are many hard facts. Alfred Kinsey's celebrated sex surveys in the 1940s and '50s were breakthrough studies, but they were methodologically flawed and didn't delve into the issue of teenage sex. And while a major sex study out of the University of Chicago in 1994 did include some teens in its sample, none were younger than 18.

That's why scientists--and concerned parents--were so interested in a new report issued last week by the National Center for Health Statistics. It finally offered solid data about what real kids are doing...

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