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12 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Virginity

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By Amy Kramer of The National Campaign To Prevent Teen And Unplanned Pregnancy

MTV’s new show, “Virgin Territory” is about that very special time in every person’s life – their first time. And while you might think you know everything there is to know about sex, chances are there is still a lot to learn. Feel free to whip out these stats next time a friend claims to be a sexpert, when they’re actually more of a rookie.

1. By the time high school graduation rolls around, only 46% of girls and 49% of guys have had sex. Which means that in high school, more than half the people are virgins.

2. Among young adults (age 18-24) who have had sex, less than half (46%) describe their first time as a “mostly good experience.” Just 19% say it was “better than I thought it would be.”

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3. Speaking of expectations, 85% of young adults say that people have unrealistic expectations about sex because of what they see in porn.

4. Most people say they used condoms the first time they did it. Among women 18-24, 66% say so, among men 18-24, 76% do.

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5. When you ask young adults what kind of advice they’d give to a high school freshman, 86% say it’s important to know that it’s okay to be a virgin when you graduate. 85% say it’s important not to believe everything you hear about other people’s sex lives.

6. Among teenagers (age 15-19) who have had sex, more than half (55%) say they wish they had waited longer.

7. Love vs. sex? Love wins. When asked whether they would rather be in a serious romantic relationship that did NOT include sexual intercourse or be having sex but not be in a serious relationship, 78% of young adults choose the sexless relationship over the relationship-less sex.

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8. Speaking of love, only 38% of young adults say they and their first sex partner loved each other.

9. When asked what they think when they find out someone their age is a virgin, 46% of young adults say they feel respect for them. 34% say they don’t even give it a second thought.

10. 90% of young adults who are virgins say they want to wait for the right time before they have sex. Only 6% say they want to have sex as soon as possible.

11. 61% of young adults say they know everything they need to know about preventing pregnancy. However, 7 in 10 pregnancies to single women 18-29 are unplanned.

12. If you’re ready for sex but don’t want to be pregnant/get someone pregnant right now (not to mention keeping you and your partner safe from STDs), the #1 tip is to be on birth control.

Tune in to Virgin Territory Tonight At 11/10c on MTV.

For more information on safe sex, visit It’s Your Sex Life.

Photo: (MTV/Virgin Territory/Getty)

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