Teen Pregnancies, STDs Increase: CDC

Figures raise concerns after positive trends

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 20, 2009 1:28 PM CDT

(Newser) – After declining in 1991-2005, the US teen birth rate climbed in 2006 and 2007, HealthDay News reports. Crunching numbers from 2002-07, the Centers for Disease Control found a number of trends had flatlined or worsened after a period of improvement.

  • 2004 saw 745,000 pregnancies among females under 20, including 16,000 among girls 10 to 14 years old.
  • One-third of adolescents had no birth-control education before age 18.

  • Syphilis cases are up among both males and females aged 15-24. About 1 million people aged 10-24 were diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis in 2006.
  • That year, the majority of new HIV diagnoses were in males and young people ages 20-24.
  • Almost a quarter of females 15-19 and 45% of females 20-24 had HPV in 2003-2004.
  • Some 100,000 females 10-24 years old sought emergency care for nonfatal sexual assaults from 2004-06.

CDC analysis found a rise in teen pregnancies and STDs.
CDC analysis found a rise in teen pregnancies and STDs.   (Shutterstock)
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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.
- Janet Collins, CDC

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