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Young Chinese American Women, Sexually Vulnerable

Sing Tao Daily, Posted: Sep 05, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO -- Recent research found that Chinese American women in the San Francisco Bay Area, begin being sexually active at 17 years old, while the ages for Latino and Caucasian women are 18 and 17.2 respectively. The Sing Tao Daily reports that, according to research by Dr. Sang Leng from Ohlone College, African American women start sexual activity at an average age of 16.3, earlier than Chinese Americans, yet they are the most sexually under-protected of all surveyed groups. Over 80 percent of Chinese American women between the age of 18 and 24 dont have much knowledge of AIDS. About half of all surveyed Chinese American women use condoms while less than a quarter (22%) rely on birth control pills. About 10 percent use no protection. Researchers pointed out that one reason for young Chinese American womens sexual vulnerability could be cultural differences. U.S. born children and immigrant parents in Chinese American families, usually don't discuss sexual matters.

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