By Lauren Shanley
1 in 10 — Sexually active male teens had their first sexual encounter before age 13.
Not only are teens who start having sex early less prepared for the considerable physical and emotional challenges associated with an intimate relationship, they're also more likely to have a larger number of sexual partners. (Another disturbing finding: Girls who were younger than 13 at the time of their first sexual encounter tended to have a partner who was, on average, five or more years older.)
Of the teens who reported having their first sexual encounter before high school, 20 percent of boys and more than 50 percent of girls reported having four or more sexual partners in the past year. Not surprisingly, increasing the number of partners makes teens more susceptible to contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and getting pregnant.
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