How frequently do college/Harvard students have sex?

EXPERT ANSWER:

This is a great question. According to the most recent Health Services Health Assessment only 40% of students are regularly engaging in sexual activity as defined by oral, vaginal, or anal sex. The perception can sometimes feel as if “everyone” on campus is having sex, but it is most certainly not the case.

If you ever have any more questions regarding sexual activity please stop by our office on the 6th floor of HUHS.

Best,

Amanda Ayers, MPH

Health Educator

Health Promotion & Education


STUDENT ANSWER:

Short answer: not that often.

Longer answer: The truth is that only 40% of undergrads are actually having sex regularly. Especially if you have a few friends who are having sex pretty regularly then it can totally feel like everyone is having sex all the time. Definitely not true: a quarter of the seniors in the class of 2015 didn’t have sex at all while they were at Harvard. The thing is, people don’t go around talking about all the sex they’re not having, so it’s pretty easy to get into the mindset where it seems way more prevalent than it actually is. Maybe we all spend too much time p-setting or doing 20 hours of MUN each week or focusing on very important and serious career plans. Whatever the case may be, if you’re not having sex, don’t sweat it. More (the majority!) of our classmates are in your position than most people would think. But if you are having sex, that’s awesome and totally normal too!

Thanks for the question!

AG

Student