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
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:
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...