A growing number of young Americans say they're virgins, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the March 3 survey results, 27 percent of young men and 29 percent of young women between the ages 15 and 24 claim to have never had any sexual contact with another person - a slight decrease from 2002.
"The perception is all kids are engaging in oral sex. Obviously, that's not the case," says Jennifer Manlove, a senior research scientist with the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Child Trends, told USA Today. "They may be more in control of their behaviors than we think."
Experts say there could be a number of reasons for the change including abstinence education, awareness of sexually-transmitted diseases -- and simply being too busy with other activities.
"The data should prove useful for planning programs to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections and to prevent unintended pregnancy," the CDC authors wrote.
The study's findings are based on based on interviews conducted between 2006 and 2008 with 13,500 men and women between the ages of 15 to 44.