Sex and hormones. Teens and sex. You might think they go together, but at least boys are wearing a hat.

The answer is “True”. Teen boys are using condoms.

In a new survey, summarized here, eighty per cent of teen boys claim they wore a condom the first time they had sex. And similarly, 75% of them say they wore plastic the last time they had sex in the previous three months.

Reasons for the spike in safe sex may vary, say observers, between boys taking responsibility, protection against STDs, or simply the girls’ insistence their partners wear a condom.

In any event, it’s a notable rise. In 1988, just 55% of boys wore plastic the first time they had sex, and 71% in 2002.

The survey, of 4,700 boys and girls between 15 and 19, may dispell the myth of rampant sex among America’s youth. As the numbers tell it, about 43% of girls and 42% of boys reported having the in-and-out. That’s unchanged from 2002, but down from 1988, when 51% of girls and 60% of boys reported experience with intercourse.

As you’d expect, teen births are also down. In 2009, the birth rate among teen girls was 39 births per 1000 females – nearly 40% lower than its peak in 1991. However, U.S. teen births are still higher than in Western Europe, where an emphasis on birth control among teens keeps unplanned pregnancies at a minimum.

Notably, the survey reveals that teens were less likely to have sex if they lived with both parents, if their mothers hadn’t been teen mothers or if their mothers had a college degree.

And who did the copulating teens copulate with? Seventy per cent of the girls and 56% of the boys got busy with someone whom with they were “going steady”.

Of course, sex can rock at any age, but we like to take responsibility for our actions. Wait til you’re a little older, and you’ve got a much better idea how to do it, and make it incredible.