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Contraception, including condoms, the "pill" & emergency contraception

The teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. is declining. Experts say that the decline is due to teens' better use of contraception and to teens' increased abstinence. American teens are waiting longer to have sex than in the past. In 2001, 54 percent of high school students reported never having had sex, up from 46 percent in 1991. Among those who have had sex about seven out of ten teens report using a condom the first time they had sex. However, although teens are increasingly adopting protective sexual behaviors, they face lots of barriers—including peer pressure and a lack of knowledge about effective contraceptive methods.

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Visit Advocates for Youth's Web site to learn more about adolescent sexual behavior and contraceptive use.

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