National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

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Every May, the nation turns its attention to teen pregnancy prevention. National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM) highlights the historic declines in the rates of teen births in the United States. Significant declines have occurred in all 50 states and among all racial/ethnic groups, yet disparities continue.

Among U.S. high school students surveyed in 2015:1

  • 41% had ever had sexual intercourse.
  • 30% had had sexual intercourse during the previous 3 months, and, of these
  • 43% did not use a condom the last time they had sex.
  • 14% did not use any method to prevent pregnancy.
  • 21% had drunk alcohol or used drugs before last sexual intercourse.
  • Only 10% of all students have ever been tested for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).*
  • CDC data show that lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students are at substantial risk for serious health outcomes.


    The Oklahoma City-County Health Department has a program call Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) whose main goal is to reduce teen births in the Oklahoma City-County area by using evidence-based programs to change behavior. Read more about TPP here.


    Sexual risk behaviors place youth at risk for HIV infection, other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and unintended pregnancy:

  • Young people (aged 13-24) accounted for an estimated 21% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States in 2016.2
  • Among young people (aged 13-24) diagnosed with HIV in 2016, 81% were gay and bisexual males.2
  • Half of the 20 million new STDs reported each year were among young people, between the ages of 15 to 24.3
  • Nearly 210,000 babies were born to teen girls aged 15–19 years in 2016.
  • While May is a critical time to consider teen pregnancy and how it impacts individuals and the community as a whole, it is important to note that this issue is one to focus on year-round.


    For more information go to https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/sexualbehaviors/ or https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/news/teen-pregnancy-pr...