(USA TODAY) – Parents may still be reminding their preteen kids to brush their teeth, clean their room and turn their book report in on time.
But are they forgetting something? Like having the sex talk?
A study released this week in JAMA Pediatrics found that 3.6 percent to 7.6 percent of boys and young men say they are having sex before age 13 – or 1 in 13 boys.
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Researchers want more conversations about boys developing healthy relationships and early, age-appropriate sexual education among parents, in schools and in health care settings. Dr. David Bell, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Samantha Garbers, an associate professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health called for stepped-up responsibility.