US Teens Not Worried About Pregnancy

RedTracker| In an update on sexual activity among teens in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics say that 42 percent of 15- to 19-year-old girls had ever had sex and 43 percent of boys, which they said was not a significant change from 2002.

Condom usage is up, with 95 percent of 15- to 19-year-olds who have engaged in sex at least once, having used a condom. 

The greatest change concerns teen attitudes around pregnancy. Only 47 percent of unmarried teen males said they would be “very upset” if they got a partner pregnant, while 58 percent females would. via Reuters.

“The U.S. birth rate for females 15-19 years of age was 42.5 births per 1,000 females in 2007,” the report reads.

The U.S. teen birth rate has declined since 1991, however, when it peaked at nearly 62 per 1,000 females.

“That rate was higher than a number of other developed countries in the world.” Canada, for instance, has a teen birth rate of 13 per 1,000, one-third the U.S. rate; Germany’s is 10 per 1,000 and Italy’s just 7 per 1,000.