Premarital sexual experience among adolescent women--United States, 1970-1988

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1991 Jan 4;39(51-52):929-32.


The initiation of sexual intercourse early in life is associated with an increased number of sex partners and a greater risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). This report describes trends in age at first premarital sexual intercourse for adolescent women (15-19 years of age) in the United States during 1970-1988 and indicates an accelerated increase in the proportion having had premarital sex from 1986 to 1988.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Adult
  • African Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Coitus*
  • European Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Sexual Behavior / ethnology
  • Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology
  • United States / epidemiology