Odds of reporting oral sex were approximately three times higher in than in ; odds of anal sex were twice as high. Providers should be aware of increased risk behavior among young people. Shifts in sexual behaviors over time influence the spread of sexually transmitted infections. Cross-sectional surveys in the United States suggest that patterns of oral and anal sexual activity among adolescents and young adults have been changing. Most surveys of adolescent sexual activity have not asked about oral sex in consistent ways, making trends in these behaviors difficult to assess over time. We selected the first record from each young patient seen in or in , so that each patient appeared only once in the analysis. Nearly all patients reported vaginal intercourse, so only comparative data on oral and anal sex are reported here. Recent receptive oral or anal sexual exposure were defined as exposure of the throat or rectum to a partner's genitals within the preceding three months, and were recorded by trained STD clinicians. We used Pearson's chi-square test to assess bivariate associations, and multivariate logistic regression models stratified by gender to adjust for the effects of other covariates.
Experts say as social morales ease, more youths are trying anal sex.
What is anal sex, and why do people have it?
A new study by researchers at the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center suggests that the incidence of heterosexual anal sex is increasing among teens and young adults — particularly those who have recently had unprotected vaginal sex. These findings mirror recent data that show anal sex rates among adults doubled between the years and The study, published online by the American Journal of Public Health, is among the first to report on the little-known factors associated with heterosexual anal intercourse among adolescents and young adults. It's critical that we recognize that more and more young people are engaging in anal sex so we can open the lines of communications and help them protect their sexual health," says lead author Celia Lescano, PhD, of the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center BHCRC. Researchers assessed the sexual behavior of 1, adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 21 who had unprotected sex in the previous three months. They found that 16 percent had engaged in heterosexual anal intercourse within the timeframe, with condoms being used just 29 percent of the time.
Is anal sex safe?
He wanted to try anal sex, and even though the year-old said she was "OK with the idea," she nervously downed several drinks before their lovemaking began. They never did it again. But experts say that as social mores ease, more young heterosexuals are engaging in anal sex, a behavior once rarely mentioned in polite circles. And the experimentation, they worry, may be linked to the current increase in sexually transmitted diseases. Recently, researchers at the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center in Rhode Island suggested that anal sex is on the rise among teens and young adults, particularly those who have unprotected vaginal sex. Experts say girls and young women like Carry are often persuaded to try such sexual behavior for the wrong reasons -- to please a partner, to have sex without the risk of pregnancy or to preserve their virginity. But many don't understand the health consequences. The study included a comprehensive questionnaire about adolescent sexual and other risk behaviors. The participants self-reported their answers, which scientists say can skew the results in this type of study.
Anal sex can hurt, that much seems clear. But a new study of British teenagers also reveals a few aspects of this sexual activity that are perhaps more surprising. The researchers interviewed teens ages 16 to 18 from diverse backgrounds, and asked them about their perceptions of different sexual practices, as well as their own experiences. The results showed that most teens' anal sex experiences occurred in a relationship setting, but first experiences with anal sex were rarely under circumstances of mutual exploration of sexual pleasure. Instead, it was mainly men who pushed the women to try anal sex, and men said they felt expected to take this role.