NYC Teenagers Less Likely To Use Birth Control Than Teenagers Nationwide

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Teenagers in New York City are less likely to use birth control thanteens nationwide, although they are about as likely as teens nationwideto be sexually active, according to a report released Wednesday by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the AP/Long Island Newsday reports.

Forthe report, the health department compared a 2005 survey of teens ingrades 9 through 12 conducted by health and education officials in NewYork City with a similar CDCsurvey. According to the report, 8% of sexually active teens reportedthat they or their partners used birth control pills, compared with 18%nationwide. About one in five sexually active girls in New York Citysaid they did not use any form of birth control the most recent timethey had sex, compared with one in seven nationwide.


Girls inNew York City's low-income, predominately Hispanic South Bronxneighborhood were almost twice as likely to have unprotected sex asgirls nationwide. Black girls in the city were about as likely to usebirth control as girls nationwide (AP/Long Island Newsday, 8/29).

Thereport also found that 69% of teens in the city use condoms, comparedwith 63% nationwide. About 19% of New York City teens said they did notused condoms or any form of birth control. About 16% of sexually activeteens in the city said they or their partners had become pregnant, andthe pregnancy rate was higher among teens who had sex before they wereage 13, the New York Post reports (Haberman, New York Post, 8/30).

Thereport recommended that health care workers obtain sexual histories ofteen patients and offer teens reproductive and sexual health services.It also recommended that parents encourage teens to delay sexualactivity and highlight the importance of using birth control andcondoms if they are sexually active (New York City health department release, 8/29).

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