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November 16, 2021

Young adults report fewer sexual partners, higher abstention rate

A number of behaviors in younger adults that increase risk for the transmission of HIV/AIDS have declined or changed between 2010 and 2020, according to the national Monitoring the Future study, including fewer sexual partners and higher abstention rates. A particularly high-risk group for HIV/AIDS is men who have sex with other men, including those who have sex with both genders. Males in this high-risk group having male sex partners are much more likely to report having been tested for HIV/AIDS in the prior 12 months. Lloyd Johnston says, 'But, while they have much more testing, they do not show any greater frequency of another protective behavior & using condoms. In 2020, about the same percentage of young men ages 21 to 30 who had sex exclusively with men report using condoms most times' or always' (36.7 percent) as males who reported having only female sexual partners (36.4 percent).'