CDC has announced the release of a supplemental issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, providing findings and lessons learned from CDC’s and HHS Office of Adolescent Health’s (OAH) communitywide teen pregnancy initiatives project (CWI). The project that began in 2010, initiated to demonstrate the effectiveness of reducing rates of teen pregnancy and births through innovative, multicomponent, and communitywide initiatives.
A new study finds that doctors often do not have discussions with teens about their sexuality during their annual physicals, resulting in a missed opportunity for sexually transmitted disease prevention and preventing unwanted pregnancies. In addition, teens often do not ask questions about sex or discuss their sexual activity. The study, done by researchers at Duke University Medical Center, recorded the conversations between teens and their doctors and then analyzed how often they discussed sex.
Announcement from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: "The Graduates is a compelling, two-part two-hour documentary program— one hour on young Latino men and one on young Latino women—that focuses, in part, on teen pregnancy.
Declines in teen birth rates were steepest for Hispanic teenagers, averaging 34% for the United States during 2007-2011, according to the most recent findings published by the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During that same time period, there was a 24% decline in teen births among non-Hispanic black teenagers and a 20% decline in teen births among non-Hispanic white teenagers.