British teenage girls having sex before 16December 16th, 2011 - 2:34 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 16 (IANS) Young girls are today far more likely to have had sex before turning 16 in comparison to their mothers or grandmothers during their time, says new figures of Britain’s National Healthy Service (NHS).
According to the Health Survey for England in 2010, over one in four 16 to 24-year-olds –27 percent — admitted they had had sex below the age of consent, the Daily Mail reported.
This was nearly double the 14 percent of women aged between 35 and 44 who admitted having not waited for sexual experience till they turned 16.
Only four percent of women now aged between 55 and 69 said that they had sex under 16.
The report, published by the NHS Information Centre, also found that one in 10 young people aged 16 to 24 have had 10 or more sexual partners.
The rise in sexual promiscuity among young adults is mirrored in a surge in tests for sexually-transmitted diseases.
About half of young women –44 percent — had been tested for a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) — Chlamydia, compared to 12 percent of women aged 45 to 54.