Wednesday, April 8, 2015

CDC Releases a New Vital Signs Report: Preventing Teen Pregnancy

Preventing Teen Pregnancy: A Key Role for Health Care Providers

Join CDC subject matter experts and other public health professionals for a town hall teleconference onTuesday, April 14, 2015 2:00–3:00 pm (EDT)
Dial in (USA only): 800-857-0764   Passcode: 7954413
Teen Pregnancy
Teen births continue to decline in the U.S., but still more than 273,000 infants were born to teens ages 15 to 19 in 2013. Childbearing during the teen years can carry health, economic, and social costs for mothers and their children.
The good news is that more teens are waiting to have sex, and of those who are sexually active, nearly 90 percent used birth control the last time they had sex. Data show that teens most often use condoms and birth control pills which, when not used consistently and correctly, are less effective for preventing pregnancy. According to this month’s Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, increasing access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) is one way to further reduce teen pregnancy.

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