More Big Apple high-school students than ever say they are abstaining from sex, a health poll reveals.The percentage of adolescents who had sexual intercourse fell from 37.8 percent in 2011 to 31.2 percent in 2013, the federal Centers for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey found.The drop is part of a trend. In 2001, 51 percent of city teens said they had sex.The teen sexual-activity rate for 2013 is the lowest since the CDC began surveying students in 1997.
“This is a welcome move in the right direction. Teens who wait to engage in sexual activity are far likelier to succeed in school,” said Greg Pfundstein, president of the Chiaroscuro Foundation, a group that promotes abstinence-based sex ed. “This trend comes on top of other city data showing the abortion rate steadily declining. We are seeing a positive cycle of change, and that should give us all hope.”