Auburn Sex Stats


Safer Sex

Safer sex means protecting yourself and your partner from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV, and unplanned pregnancy. Safer sex can also mean deciding to abstain from sexual intercourse or finding other forms of sexual expression that do not involve the exchange of bodily fluids.

In Spring of 2013, we surveyed students on their sexual health behaviors (as well as a whole host of other health behaviors). Here is what we found:

  • 35% of Auburn students haven’t been sexually active
  • 79% of students had two or less partners during the last year

Of those that are sexually active:

  • 33% had only had one partner during the last year
  • 43% had oral sex within the last 30 days
  • 43% had vaginal intercourse in the last 30 days and
  • 4% has had anal sex in the past 30 days

NOTE: There is a large discrepancy between how much sex people think everyone else is having and the numbers actually reported by students.

Contraception and STI protection usage:

  • Of those who had oral sex in the last 30 days,  94% never used a condom
  • Of those who had vaginal intercourse in the last 30 days, 50% mostly or always used a condom
  • Of those who had anal sex in the last 30 days, 77% never used a condom
  • Of those who have had vaginal intercourse, 71% used some method of birth control
    • 10% were unsure
  • 77% reported using birth control pills the last time they had vaginal intercourse
  • 65% reported using male condoms the last time they had vaginal intercourse
  • 16% reported using emergency contraception in the last 12 months
  • In the last 12 months, 0.8% reported a pregnancy of themselves or a partner, while another 1% were unsure