Teen Pregnancies, STDs Increase: CDC
Figures raise concerns after positive trends
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 20, 2009 1:28 PM CDT
CDC analysis found a rise in teen pregnancies and STDs.   (Shutterstock)

(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.

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Jul 22, 2009 2:13 AM CDT
Er, what's to argue? "Just Say No" and teen chastity vows, two repuglican favorite...er, programs, for lack of a better word...failed ridiculously. Here...this guy did the research for both of us... http://healthwise-everythinghe... / teen-chastity-vows-dont-work.html - there's more evidence, but it ain't my problem, so you can go look for it. I'm sure there's something, somewhere, from a right leaning site to refute it, but I don't need stats to know that teens are horny. Period. It's been that way throughout history, so why anyone would even *consider* chastity vows is beyond my understanding. Really, most of the idiots who support that nonsense had pre-marital sex, without a doubt. So, be my guest...go look...see what you find. I don't much care, because lesbians don't have to worry about oopsie pregnancies & we are the lowest risk group for STD's, but that doesn't mean I'm going to pass up an opp to make fun of stupid repuglicans. Het women are on the increase for STD's because heterosexual males are carriers although they don't always exhibit symptoms. I'm not knocking the het boys; they don't even know they're carrying something harmless to them, but bad for their partners. Bi-sexual men are the reason for the rise in HIV for het women. So, to me, there's nothing to argue. It is what it is & I will always use "repuglicans" because I prefer it. Dawgs, we all stereotype sometimes when we speak generally of a group. Don't take it personally. I think very well of you, strangely enough, even though I don't always agree with you. Oh yeah...PS - goheels...
Jul 21, 2009 12:53 PM CDT
The lack of morals and discipline in today's youth is alarming.
Jul 21, 2009 3:20 AM CDT
Now that we are entering an era of increased sexual freedom and the break down of many barriers and stigmas surrounding sexuality (of the hetero or homo variety) what we truly lack is a new approach to teaching our youth the proper way to go about using this newfound freedom. In my opinion, schools are not the place for this education (sex ed programs have been a resounding failure.) The worst part is that I don't believe parents are well equipped for this either, which makes this entire problem all the more frustrating. The parents try to foist their ideals on the new generation which inevitably bucks the advice anyway because it just doesn't work anymore (culturally speaking.) Most teens now have a choice between parents who rely on abstinence/shame/misinformation at home and the equivalent of learning from lame 20-year-old PSAs at school. Neither is very good at encouraging and handling the byzantine issue of human sexuality correctly.