A definition of virginity is hard to come by at UA ÷ thereās probably one for every student on campus, based on everything from religious beliefs to sexual orientation to family values.
A survey conducted last spring of more than 1,000 UA undergrads found that 27 percent considered themselves virgins, and of those students, their reasons varied.
But also how students define virginity could vary, as surveys of teenagers students have showed. While the survey suggested the number of students having sexual intercourse had decreased, the number of students who were sexually active had gone up.
In 1990, 1991, 1993, and 1995, 53 to 54 percent of high school students said they had had sexual intercourse. In 1999, however, only 49.9 percent of teenagers reported having had sexual intercourse, according to research collected by the Planned Parenthood Federation.