CHICAGO (AP) – Fewer teens and young adults are having sex, according to a national survey, and an Illinois nonprofit group says credit goes to improvements in health education.

Kathleen Burke is CEO of the Hinsdale-based Robert Crown Center for Health Education. The center teaches sex education to Chicago-area students.

A federal study, released Thursday, shows a rising proportion of young people, ages 15 to 24, reporting they’ve never had sex. The percentage rose in the past decade from 22 percent to about 28 percent.

Burke says the numbers show how important it is to fund health education programs.

The Robert Crown Center is the nation’s first health education center and the largest provider of health education for school-aged youth in the Chicago region.

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