Teenage Bisexuality Associated with Risky Sexual Behaviors

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NEW YORK -- More than 10% of teens in New York City public high schools who have ever had intercourse reported bisexual behavior in a 2005 survey, according to a recent analysis.

Those teens reported a higher prevalence of risky behaviors, including lower rates of condom use and a greater number of sex partners, researchers from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

The analysis is based on responses to the New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a population-based survey of in-school adolescents. Of 1,881 males who reported ever having had intercourse, 94% reported opposite sex partners, 3% reported same-sex partners, and 3% reported partners of both sexes. Of 1,705 females who reported ever having had intercourse, 88% reported opposite sex partners, 3% reported same-sex partners, and 9% reported partners of both sexes.

Males and females were equally likely to report same-sex only behavior, but females were three times more likely to report bisexual behavior, Preeti Pathela, Dr.P.H., a research scientist at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said at a joint conference of the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Association and the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV.

Males who reported both male and female sex partners reported an earlier age of sexual debut, compared with heterosexual and homosexual respondents. Males who reported partners of both sexes also were more likely than the other two groups to report a greater number of lifetime and recent sex partners. …