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STDs and Pregnancy Rates Among U.S. Teens and Young Adults

December 4th, 2011 by


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed nationally representative data concerning the sexual and reproductive health of teens and young adults. The findings, representing the years 2002-2007,  indicate that teens and young adults are engaging in risky sexual behavior and, as a result, are experiencing the consequences.



Janet Collins, director of the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion:

It is disheartening that after years of improvement with respect to teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, we now see signs that progress is stalling and many of these trends are going in the wrong direction.

Link to the Study

Sexual and Reproductive Health of Persons Aged 10–24 Years — United States, 2002–2007

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10 Responses to “STDs and Pregnancy Rates Among U.S. Teens and Young Adults”

  1. Sally says:

    We should have some reference to MTV’s “16 and Pregnant”…shows teh reality of what it’s liek to have a baby while still a kid yourself…

  2. Andi says:

    ya just today i found out another one of my friends who is 15 is pregnant a little over 1/3 of the girls at my school have children or where pregnant last year and this you even more its not so good

  3. Andi says:

    *supposed to day this year not this you, sorry

  4. Amber says:

    I just want to say I got pregnant at 15 and had my son at 16. I passed all of my exams, settled down, got a well-paying job and now, as a 17 year old mother, I’m supporting my son, giving him everything he could possibly need and I’m about to study genetics. I’ve done more than most people my age, so don’t tar us all with the same brush.

  5. Jennifer says:

    You miss out a lot on life having a child at a young age. You aren’t able to get up and go. You can’t just hang out with your friends at a moment’s notice. You have to always think about someone elses’ well being and care before you can do something on your own or for yourself. I recently had a child and I’m 27 and I miss the freedom I use to have. And I’m married and have help from both sets of grandparents but I couldn’t imagine doing all of this at the age of 16 when I was thinking of prom and what I wanted to be when I grew up and hanging out with my friends and going to college. I know a lady who had kids at your age and 20 years later she’s acting like a kid who never got to experience what it was like to be young and free. Good luck I hope everything works out in your and your sons best interest.

  6. Abu Abbas says:

    I don’t think we are tackling the problem from the correct angle when we label the problem as being “teenage pregnancy”. My wife, for example, gave birth to our soon when she was 19. We both were each others first partners, which in fact is not uncommon at all in many parts of the world.

    I think that we should be focus on the real issue of sex outside of marriage, regardless of age, employment status, education, etc.

    Moreover, the idea of being a ‘kid’ at the age of 16 is not a universal truth. In reality, you will find in less developed countries children maturing much more quickly into adulthood. Thus, a 16 year old women can shoulder the same responsibilities that a 30 year old newly wed in the west shoulders.

  7. just my opinion says:

    It is not just about the responsibility but about the child that is being born. It is wrong for a child who is born into a world without both parents. Children need both parents love and guidance to be the best they can be.( If the father past away it is a different story)

    If a girl gets pregnant she may not reach her goals in life. Some might even later begin to blame the child(I have heard of this before) and blame them for all the problems. A mother in a loving marriage a good enjoyable and satisfying job can give a child more than a young single mother that got a job just to get an income(not the job she may have wanted)and a child to care for.

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    I would love to join this site but it looks like you’re experiencing some major tech issues.

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  9. Abby says:

    Countries that are open about sex instead of pushing an abscinence only agenda have much lower rates of STD’s and teen pregnancy.

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