CDC Study: Nearly Half of High School Students Having Sex

| by Michael Allen

According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of high school students say they've had sex, but more are using condoms.

About 60 percent of sexually active high school students say they used condoms the last time they had sex, CDC researchers said, today, at the International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C..

That's an increase from the 46 percent who were using condoms in 1991.

Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of CDC's HIV prevention center, said: "This is good news, but we need to do a lot more."

Fenton said many schools don't have strong enough sex education policies that include teaching teens about how to prevent HIV, but said the CDC study can't link the abstinence-only policies pushed by Republicans through the late 1990s and early 2000s to the stalled condom use.

While the CDC was releasing their study results at the meeting, AIDS activists marched across Washington to the White House to call for increased funding of HIV programs.