Fri, Mar 17, 2006 - Page 2 News List

Survey reveals young people having sex earlier

CNA , TAIPEI

With the younger generation in Taiwan becoming increasingly open about sex, they are also deciding to engage in their first sexual activity at an earlier age, the results of a survey released yesterday indicated.

According to the survey, 50 percent of the respondents, aged 13 to 25, said they had their first sexual experience before the age of 18.

Senior high school students aged 16 to 18 had intercourse for the first time at an average age of 15.9, the survey showed.

This is earlier than the first-time average age of 16.8 for respondents in the 19-to-25 age group, it showed.

Among the 13-to-17 age group, a high 93 percent had sex for the first time before 17, compared with 24 percent among the 18-25 category, according to the survey.

The survey was conducted online by the Taiwan Gynecology and Obstetrics Association, with 1,068 valid responses from people aged 13 to 25.

Association president Cheng Cheng-chieh (鄭丞傑) said the survey showed that the age at which young people had their first sexual experience may be earlier than most Taiwanese parents perceived.

Cheng added that sex was occurring earlier in relationships among younger people, with high school students engaging in sex within two months after beginning a relationship, which he said was at least two weeks earlier than other age groups.

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