Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Sexual Health

Youth Sexual Activity

According to the Canadian Community Health Survey (2011 – 2014), 41% (32.1%, 50.5%) of Simcoe Muskoka teens (15-19 years) reported having had sexual intercourse at least once and 39% (30.3%, 48.6%) were sexually active in the past year. Both of these figures were significantly higher than the comparable overall Ontario statistics; where 32% (30.2%, 34.3%) report ever having had sex and 28% (26.7%, 30.6%) were sexually active in the past year.

Among Simcoe Muskoka teens (15-19 years) that have ever had sex, 55% (42.4%, 67.8%) said they were less than 16 years old when they first had sexual intercourse. This was also significantly higher than what was reported by Ontario teens (15-19 years) for the same time period; where 34% (30.7%, 36.7%) reported having first had sex before the age of 16.

Among Simcoe Muskoka teens (15-19 years) that were sexually active in the past year, 54% (42.5%, 64.5%) reported having had more than one sexual partner in the past 12 months. This was slightly higher (but not statistically significant) than what was reported by Ontario teens (15-19 years); where 40% (37.1%, 43.9%) reported having more than one sexual partner in the past 12 months.
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The percentage of Ontario teens that report certain risky sexual behaviours, like first having sex before 16 years of age, decreases with higher levels of household income. According to the CCHS (2011 to 2014), 45% (34.5%, 56.2%) of Ontario teens (15-19), in the lowest income category that ever had sex, reported first having sex before 16 years of age. This was significantly higher than those in the highest income category, where 27% (23.7%, 31.1%) reported first having sex before 16 years of age.

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