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CONCORD MONITOR NATION WORLD Friday july 13 2007 A5 Report finds fewer US teens having sex Surgeon general pick pressed on 1991 paper The Associated Press Fewer high school students are having sex these days and more are using condoms The teen birth rate has hit a record low More young people are finishing high school too and more little kids are being read to according to the latest government snapshot on the well-being of the children good news all around experts said of the report being released today implications for the popu lation are quite positive in terms of their health and theii said Edward Sondik director of the National Center for Health Statistics lower figure on teens having sex means the risk of sexu ally transmitted diseases is In 2005 47 percent of high school students 46 million reported having had sexual intercourse down from 54 percent in 1991 Of those who had sex during a three-month period in 2005 63 percent more than 6 million used condoms up from 46 percent in 1991 The teen birth rate the report said was 21 per 1000 young women ages 15-17 in 2005 an all-time low It was down from 39 births per 1000 teens in 1991 The report was compiled from statistics and studies at 22 federal agencies Other highlights: The percentage of children covered by health insurance LESS SEX: In 2005 47 percent of high school students reported having had sex down from 54 percent in 1991 MORE CONDOMS: Sixty-three percent of those who did have sex reported using condoms FEWER BABIES: The 2005 teen birth rate hit a record low decreased slightly In 2005 89 percent of children had health insurance coverage at some point during the year down from 90 percent the previous year More youngsters are getting reading time Sixty percent of children ages 3-5 (and not in kindergarten) were read to daily by a family member in 2005 up from 53 percent in 1993 More young people are completing high school In 2005 88 percent of young adults had finished high school up from 84 percent in 1980 The report was released by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics a consortium of federal agencies Kennedy also raised the issue of allegations testimony showed that the office of the surgeon general has become a morass of shameful political manipulation and distortion of Kennedy said Holsinger has a responsibility to provide strong assurances and a clear plan for seeing that these abuses are not repeated during his tenure if he is Sen Mike Enzi a Wyoming Republican said there was little doubt that Holsinger would be a strong administrator given his experience as undersecretary for the Veterans Affairs Department He said some of the comments made about Holsinger make him wonder why anyone would allow their name to be submitted for a position requiring confirmation deeply troubled personally as you might guess by these allegations Because I feel that they represent who I am what I believe or how I have practiced medicine for the past 40 Holsinger said can only say that I have a deep deep appreciation for the essential humanity of everyone regardless of their personal circumstances or their sexual he said A quick guide to the Concord A Monitor Nominee denies bias against homosexuals By KEVIN FREKING The Associated Press President nominee for surgeon general insisted yesterday that he harbors no bias against homosexuals in spite of his 1991 writings viewed by some as antigay- Dr James Holsinger faced tough questioning at his Senate confirmation hearing over his views on homosexuality and how he would react if he were pressured to put politics ahead of science in his role as the nations Holsinger doctor would Holsinger said emphatically Concerns about his independence were spurred by former surgeon general Richard testimony two days earlier that the Bush administration muzzled him on issues such as abstinence education and stem-cell research because of politics A vote on the nomination of Holsinger a Kentucky doctor was not expected for several weeks Yesterday he distanced himself from a paper he wrote 16 years ago that has been attacked by gay rights organizations and public health experts as inaccurate and inflammatory The paper cited data showing elevated rates of disease among gay men but some medical experts say he completely ignored other data that would contradict the point that homosexuality is an abnormal function Democratic Sen Ted Kennedy chairman of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee asked Holsinger on several occasions to address various aspects of his paper on homosexuality for a study committee of the United Methodist Church paper cherry picks and misuses data to support his thesis that homosexuality is unhealthy and Kennedy said Holsinger said it was not intended to be a scientific paper and that he relied on the information available to him at the time of all the paper does not represent where I am today It does not represent who I am Holsinger said Holsinger emphasized that the data he relied on came from the mid-1980s He also said it represents a literature search that was done for him through a library Holsinger told the committee that he fought to ensure that a conference on health include segments on the health needs of lesbians At the time he was chancellor of the University of Kentucky Medical Center fought fiercely for that even though I had a huge political push-back In fact our budget was being threatened in the state Holsinger said NEW SUBSCRIPTIONS Phone: 224-4287 E-mail: cmcirccmonitorcom Looking to sell your unwanted items? 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