Teenage pregnancy rates have hit a thirty year low according to the CDC. However, this does not mean that sexual activity have decreased among those aged 14-19. Studies show that sexual activity has increased among teens while contraceptive use has also increased. The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rates among developed countries. Teenagers are being more responsible about their lifestyle choices. Teen pregnancy rates are still the highest in conservative, strong Christian based areas like the Bible belt in the South. More comprehensive sexual health education can lead to teenagers making responsible decisions about their lives whether to remain abstinent or engage in responsible sexual behavior. Overall still more that 50% of teenagers are still not engaging in sexual activity until at least 18. For more information see the CDC's website.
September 16, 2013