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CDC Alarms The Public Of Teen Sexual Health Trends

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Teen Pregnancy Rates

More teenagers are getting pregnant or sick with sexually transmitted diseases. This is according to a new analysis released by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Teen birthrates and cases of full blown AIDS and syphilis are up.

In 2004 there were 745,000 pregnancies among U.S. teens who were under the age of twenty years old. Alarmingly 16 thousand of these cases were among 10 to 14 years old girl. About 1 million adolescents and young adults aged 10-24 years were reported to have chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis in 2006. Nearly a quarter of females aged 15-19 years, and 45 percent of those aged 20-24 years, had a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection during 2003-2004.

“This report identifies a number of concerns regarding the sexual and reproductive health of our nation′s young people. 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,” said Janet Collins, Ph.D., director of CDC′s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

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The report also shows that the Hispanic teens aged between 15-19 are more likely to become pregnant then non-Hispanic black or white groups.

Particularlly the progress with teenage sexual health has been slowed down in the following areas. Teen birth rates increased in 2006 and 2007, following large declines from 1991-2005. Rates of AIDS cases among males aged 15-24 years increased during 1997-2006 (AIDS data reflects people with HIV who have already progressed to AIDS.)

Syphilis cases among teens and young adults aged 15-19 and 20-24 years have increased in both males and females in recent years.

By Armen Hareyan
Materials from CDC Report of YRBSS: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System are used in this story.