DDC Study Finds Decrease In Oral Sex Among Teens When Researchers Are Observing

BANGKOK, TH—A study recently released by the Department of Disease Control in Thailand found that although the number of Thai teens having oral sex remained high, the rate was considerably lower when scientific researchers were openly observing them. “When teenagers were by themselves, with nobody from the scientific community in the same room with them closely watching their sexual behavior, our findings indicate that 47 percent of them engaged in oral sex,” DDC Director General Dr. Amnuay Gajeena told participants during a regional workshop on One Health. “However, when the adolescents were being watched by researchers, that number dropped as low as 3 percent. Moreover, when scientists, clipboard in hand, told the teenagers that they wouldn’t mind at all or be offended if they began having oral sex right there in front of them, that number rose only slightly to a still very low 5 percent.” According to Amnuay, the rate of teenagers willing to engage in anal sex while alone or while being observed by scientists was, in both cases, 89 percent.