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Teens are heading in wrong direction: Likely to have sex, but not use contraception
Date:6/17/2009

t decline in teen contraceptive use since 2003 could be the result of faltering HIV prevention efforts among youth, or of more than a decade of abstinence-only-until-marriage sex education that does not mention contraception unless it is to disparage its use and effectiveness.

This reversal in contraceptive use is consistent with increases in the teen birth rate in 2006 and 2007 as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and may well portend further increases in teen pregnancies and births in 2008. The authors recommend reinvigorated efforts at both the state and national levels to promote contraceptive use among teens through medically accurate sex education and increased access to health services, to effectively address the problem of teen pregnancy. The Western European experience in reducing teen pregnancy and childbearingwith rates that are far lower than in the United Statessuggests that efforts to improve teen contraceptive use are warranted.


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Contact: Stephanie Berger
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212-305-4372
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
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