Youth Sexual Activity Data

Purpose

To assess adolescent behavioral health risks using the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Key Information

Health risk behaviors in public school students grades 6 through 12 that contribute to the major causes of death, disease, injury, and social problems.

Key Findings, 2019

  • The percent of middle school students who have ever had sex decreased by 55% from 2009 to 2019.
  • In 2019, approximately 1 in 3 (32%) high school students were currently sexually active an increase from 1 in 4 (26%) in 2015.
  • Approximately 55% of sexually active high school students used a condom when they last had sex a significant decrease from 68% in 2013.

Rhode Island Numbers

Sexual Activity

High School risk behavior by demographic group, 2019

Note: A blank cell represents data that has been suppressed due to small numbers. LGB stands for Lesbian, gay or bisexual.