Almost a third of all 15 to 24 year olds - 29 per cent - have never had sex, up seven per cent from the year before.
Health scientist at the NCHS and lead author of the study Anjani Chandra said that 15- to 19-year-olds made up the lion’s share of this category, a finding that seems to counter other reports regarding teen sex trends.
She told MSNBC: 'I think a lot of people misconstrue this as meaning they’ve never had vaginal sex. But this is no sexual contact of any kind.
'They didn’t have oral sex or anal sex. They didn’t have anything.' "
Such statistics give hope to the notion of responsible teens on this subject that in spite of the Obama administrations efforts to de-emphasize such initiatives.