First sexual intercourse in Italy 2017, by age

A survey conducted in 2017 reveals that most Italians had their first sexual intercourse between the age of 17 and 20. More specifically, about 40 percent of people declared they had sex for the first time in that age range. Approximately 23 percent of young adults had their first sexual intercourse in their early 20s. Hence this age range being the second most common age to have intercourse in Italy.

Sexual frequency and number of sexual partners in Italy

  Further surveys about sexual life of Italians give us insight on the frequency of intercourse and the number of sexual partners. In 2019, 33 percent of Italians stated that they usually had sex two to three times a week. Furthermore, the number of sexual partners Italian people had during their lifetime differed between men and women. The majority of Italian women declared to have had only one sexual partner, while most men said they had sex with more than ten partners.

Sexual education in schools

  In 2018, schools represented the main place in which young people received sexual education. Almost all secondary school students nationwide discussed the topic in a meeting or a course which took place at school. For that matter, students wished to receive information about sexuality and reproduction within the school yet from external professionals. However, only 22 percent of scholars preferred their teachers to talk about sexuality.

How old were you when you had your first sexual intercourse?

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Source

Release date

November 2017

Region

Italy

Survey time period

September 30, 2017

Number of respondents

800 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI)

Supplementary notes

The survey methodology was mixed, using CATI/CAWI.

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