BetterDoctor.com recently released its examination of data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions Youth Behavior Risk Survey, and, well, it shows that our teens probably need better, honest sex education.
According to the report, 36.2 percent of the states high school teens say they are sexually active. (Mississippi teens clock in at 40.5 percent, West Virginia at 40.2 percent and Arkansas shows 36.8 percent.)
When asked if they were ever sexually active, those numbers jump: 50 percent of Oklahomas high school teens claimed they were. Thats less than Mississippi (54.2 percent) and West Virginia (53.7 percent) but higher than every other state.
So much for that abstinence nonsense!
BetterDoctor crunched those stats with teen pregnancy and use of birth control numbers to come up with our states overall ranking: No. 17. For comparison, No. 16, New Mexico, had the words no data in the answer field for ever sexually active. No data!
Unfortunately, 13.5 percent of Oklahoma students surveyed said they used no form of birth control. (Thats better than 17 other states could muster, including Mississippi and West Virginia.)
Oklahomas birth rate for high school teens age 15-19 is 42.9 percent, the highest in the nation, the report shows.
Parents, schools, communities, were looking at you.
Print Headline: No. 17!