STDs and Pregnancy Rates Among U.S. Teens and Young AdultsDecember 4th, 2011 by Olivier
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.
- In 2004, approximately 745,000 pregnancies occurred among U.S. females aged less than 20 years old.
- Approximately 1 million adolescents and young adults aged 10-24 years old were reported to have chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis.
- During 2003-2004, 25% of females aged 15-19 and 45% of females aged 20-24 were infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV).
- In 2006, 22,000 adolescents and young adults aged 10-24 years were living with HIV/AIDS.
- Rates of HIV/AIDS increased among males aged 15-24.
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.