U.S. gay and lesbian youth sexual risk behaviors in 2015-2017, by gender

This statistic depicts the percentage of gay and lesbian youth in the United States who had engaged in select sexual risk behaviors from 2015-2017, by gender. According to the data, among lesbian females who ever had sexual intercourse, 11.1 percent had their first sexual intercourse before the age of 13 years.

Sexual risk behaviors among young gay and lesbian adults in the U.S. from 2015 to 2017, by gender

Ever had sexual intercourse47.848.4
Had first sexual intercourse before age 13 years*21.411.1
Had sexual intercourse with ≥ 4 persons*28.825.2
Currently sexually active*^67.169.3
Did not use condom during last sexual intercourse*^^54.482.5
Did not use any method to prevent pregnancy during last sexual intercourse*^^^48.868.5
Drank alcohol or used drugs before last sexual intercourse*15.818.5
Never been tested for HIV*^^^^69.780.3
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Release date

September 2018


United States

Survey time period

2015 and 2017

Number of respondents

Approximately 30,000

Special properties

Students grades 9-12

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

* Analysis conducted among only students who ever had sexual intercourse. Analyses were not conducted for no condom use among female students with only same-sex sexual contact or for no pregnancy prevention use among male or female students with only same-sex sexual contact. In addition, students who had no sexual contact are excluded from the analyses by sex of sexual contact.
^ Had sexual intercourse with at least one person during the 3 months before the survey.
^^ Question asked about condom use by “you or your partner."
^^^ Question asked about method used for pregnancy prevention by “you or your partner.”
^^^^ Question asked, “Have you ever been tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS? (Do not count tests done if you donated blood.)”

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