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Younger teens account for 1 in 4 teen births

By Tim Sandle     Apr 14, 2014 in Lifestyle
Washington - Births to younger teens aged 15 to 17 years account for over a quarter of teen births. That is nearly 1,700 births a week, according to U.S. government stats.
The latest data on teen births has been collated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report recommends renewed focus on the need for targeted interventions to prevent teen pregnancy.
The research into teen pregnancies reveals:
The rate of births per 1,000 teens aged 15 to 17 years declined 63 percent, from 38.6 in 1991 to 14.1 in 2012.
The birth rate to younger teens is higher for Hispanic, non-Hispanic black and American Indian/Alaska Native teens. In 2012, the birth rate per 1,000 teens aged 15 to 17 years was 25.5 for Hispanic teens, 21.9 for non-Hispanic black teens, 17 for American Indian/Alaska Native teens, 8.4 for non-Hispanic white teens and 4.1 for Asian/Pacific Islander teens.
Most teens aged 15-17 (73 percent) had not had sex yet.
Nearly one in four teens in this age group never spoke with their parents or guardians about sex.
According to CDC Director Tom Frieden: “Although we have made significant progress reducing teen pregnancy, far too many teens are still having babies. Births to younger teens pose the greatest risk of poor medical, social and economic outcomes. Efforts to prevent teen childbearing need to focus on evidence-based approaches to delaying sexual activity and increasing use of the most effective methods of contraception for those teens who are sexually active.”
The CDC has set May 2014 to be ‘Teen Pregnancy Month’ and it aims to run several campaigns on the important matter.
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