Fewer U.S. teens are having babies, and teens are less likely to be sexually active and more likely to use contraceptives, especially condoms, at first intercourse, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The latest CDC figures offer further insight into teen childbearing in the United States. For instance, the 1996 birth rate for females ages 15 years to 19 years was down 4 percent from 1995, part of a steady decline since 1991 and reversing an upward trend in the '80s.

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