Study suggests college may not be time for sexual experimentation
During the four years of undergraduate study, it's assumed that many students, both male and female, will try out sex with a same-sex partner. However, a recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests otherwise.
The National Survey on Family Growth surveyed 13,500 responses from a wide sample of individuals. Around 10 percent of degree-holding women between the age 22 and 44 said they had engaged in a lesbian or bisexual experience at some point in their life. This number is significantly lower than the 15 percent of non-graduate women who said the same.
"It's a Rubik's cube of sexuality, where you turn it a different way, and the factors don't fit together," Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, told the New York times. "It may be that the commonly held wisdom was wrong, that people just like to imagine women in college having sex together, or it may be that society has changed, and as more people come out publicly, in politics or on television, we are getting a clearer view of the breadth of sexuality."
Sexually experimental college students should be sure to protect themselves during intimate dorm room encounters. Using condoms during sex is a very effective form of STI prevention.