Girls having sex as early as boys, report shows

13th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 13, 2007 (AFP) - Teenage girls in France are having sex as early as boys and more of them are experimenting with homosexuality, according to a new report on sexual behaviour.

PARIS, March 13, 2007 (AFP) - Teenage girls in France are having sex as early as boys and more of them are experimenting with homosexuality, according to a new report on sexual behaviour.

Girls become sexually active at the age of 17.6 while boys have sex for the first time at 17.2, according to the research carried out by INSERM (National Institute for Health and Medical Research) and INED (National Institute for Demographic Studies).

The researchers said that over the past 50 years, men had become sexually active a year earlier while women had gained three years.

There is also a "significant increase" in the number of women age 18 to 69 who report that they have had sex with another woman: four percent in the latest survey, up from 2.6 percent in 1992.

The number of men who reported having homosexual sex remained stable at 4.1 percent.

The institutes surveyed more than 12,300 women and men age 18 and 69 between September 2005 and March 2006 on their sexuality, the third major study of French sexual behaviour following the 1970 and 1992 reports.

More than a third of French youth age 18 to 24 have logged on to dating sites on the Internet, according to the research findings released late Monday.

One out of every 10 men between the ages of 20 and 24 has had sex with a partner that he met through the Internet compared to six percent of women.

Women over 50 are also more sexually active, according to the findings of the latest survey compared to previous surveys.

Women also have had more sexual partners compared to earlier surveys, with the number reaching 4.4 in 2006, while men have reported having sex with 11.6 partners in their lifetime, a figure that has been holding steady since 1970.

Researchers however cautioned that women have a tendency not to include one-night stands on their list of sexual partners.

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