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CDC Report Sheds Light on Sex, Drug Behavior of U.S. Adults

One-fifth of U.S. adults have tried cocaine or other street drugs

MONDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- About 29 percent of men and 9 percent of women have had 15 or more sexual partners over their lifetime; and 21 percent of adults have tried cocaine or other street drugs at least once, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which lifts the lid on drug use and sexual behavior of adults in the United States.

The report, published in the June 28 issue of the CDC's Advance Data, was compiled by Cheryl D. Fryar, M.S.P.H., and colleagues in the CDC's Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Among the key findings of the report are that 96 percent of Americans aged 20 to 59 have had sex.

The report was based on self-reported data collected in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1999 and 2002. Among adults aged 20 to 59, 5.5 percent reported using cocaine or street drugs within the previous 12 months, with use increasing in the younger the age group.

The lowest prevalence of sexual behavior was among Mexican Americans, of whom 88 percent reported having sex by the age of 20. While 16 percent of all subjects reported having had sex before the age of 15, abstinence until age 21 or older was reported by 15 percent of subjects.

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