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The Academy is concerned about the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases in sexually active teenagers and about the very high rate of teenage pregnancy in the United States compared to other developed countries.Research into adolescents' sexual behavior in situations outside traditional dating situations, commonly referred to as "hooking up", shows that adolescents underestimate the risk involved in such situations.For the last twenty years, abstinence rates among American adolescents have risen.The percentage of high school students in the US who reported that they have ever had sexual intercourse dropped from 54.1% in 1991 to 47.8% in 2007 A cross-sectional survey in 1998 found that fear of pregnancy was the most commonly cited reason for choosing abstinence, especially among girls, as well as boys who had caused a pregnancy in the past.Teen pregnancies—defined as pregnancies in women under the age of 20, regardless of marital status—in the United States decreased 28% between 19, from 117 pregnancies per every 1,000 teens to 84 per 1,000.Overall, 68 pregnancies occurred per 1,000 girls aged 15–19 in 2008.Of anal and vaginal sex, 14% believed one could engage in the former and 12% said one could participate in the latter while still remaining abstinent.Among those 15–19 years old, those who remain a "technical virgin" are motivated more by the fear of pregnancy or STIs and less by religion and morality.

However, for girls, a past pregnancy had little correlation with secondary abstinence.

Of the sexually experienced who are now practicing abstinence, girls were more likely than boys to say a lack of desire, fear of STDs, being afraid of getting caught, the belief that sex was not appropriate for someone their age, and that their parents had taught them the advantages of waiting as reasons why they made their decision.

Among young people engaging in some form of sexual activity, definitions of virginity differ.

Additionally, 16% considered themselves virgins after anal sex.

However, 44% believed that one was abstinent after genital touching and 33% believed one could have oral sex and still remain abstinent.

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