Third 'have sex below legal age'
Nearly a third of 16 to 24-year-olds lost their virginity below the age of consent, a survey has suggested.
The BBC Radio 1 poll also suggested 43% of young people had had at least five sexual partners with one in five having more than 10.
Over half - 57% - claimed to have had a one-night stand.
But many of the youngsters, who made up two-thirds of the 29,623 who responded to the online poll, said they did not always use condoms with new partners.
Key findings for 16 - 24 year olds
Some 38% of young people do not always use a condom with a new partner, with being too drunk cited as one of the most common reasons.
Alcohol was also strongly linked to a young person's first experience of sex, with 37% saying they had had a drink before having sex for the first time.
The survey also revealed deficiencies in young people's sex education.
One in 10 claimed to have had no sex education at school, while three quarters said they only learned the basics.
Many showed a lack of awareness about contraception failure, with
Asked what their biggest worry was regarding sex,
However, the pressure young people feel to have sex appears to be declining
Just 4% of the young people quizzed said they had not lost their virginity, the same number as had had sex before 14. Some 9% had had sex at 14 and 17% at 15.
Respondents in Wales and south west England tended to lose their virginity earlier, while Londoners and people from Northern Ireland lost it later than the average.
Men aged 16 to 34 were more likely to describe themselves as homosexual -
A spokeswoman for Brook, the sexual health charity for young people, said:
A Department of Health spokeswoman said the government was trying to improve sex education and access to sexual health clinics.