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Am J Health Behav. 2002 Jul-Aug;26(4):306-14.

Oral sexual experience among young adolescents receiving general health examinations.

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  • 1Department of Public and Community Health, University of Maryland, College Park 20742, USA. bb153@umail.umd.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine whether oral sex occurs among young adolescents receiving general health examinations and warrants inclusion in sexual risk assessments.

METHODS:

Confidential, interviewer-assisted questionnaires completed by 12 to 15-year-olds (n=335).

RESULTS:

Overall, 18% of adolescents reported having oral sex. Among adolescents who had oral sex, 25% reported no vaginal sex. Few adolescents reported using barrier protection during oral sex. Most adolescents thought that penile-vaginal sex (96%) and penile-anal sex (81%) can transmit HIV, but 68% thought that penile-mouth sex can transmit HIV.

CONCLUSION:

Unprotected oral sex among young adolescents warrants attention in research and clinical sexual assessment.

PMID:
12081363
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