Additionally, the proportion of black and Hispanic high school students who’d had sexual intercourse declined over the 10-year period.
Those decreases “represent positive changes among adolescents who have been shown in previous studies to be at higher risk for negative health outcomes associated with early sexual initiation,’’ the CDC said.
The survey is funded by a five-year grant, and 2017 was the last year of the grant cycle, says Nancy Nydam, a spokeswoman for Public Health.
“The grant stipulates that at least once during the cycle, the sexual behavior questions must be included in YRBS,’’ she told GHN.
“To lose the funding or the information provided by the survey because we did not ask the questions would be highly detrimental to the work of DPH.” The grant requirement about sexual behavior questions is the same state to state, Nydam said.