Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy
Source: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
Half of all pregnancies are unplanned. Of the 6.4 million U.S. pregnancies in 2001, over 3 million were unplanned
- Three quarters of unplanned pregnancies (2.3 million) were to women 29 and younger.
- More than 1/3 of unplanned pregnancies (1.1 million) were to unmarried women in their 20s.
- Unplanned pregnancy rates are higher for minority women, lower income women, and women with limited education.
- Unplanned pregnancies increase the risk of dropping out or stopping college-61% of women who have children after enrolling in community college fail to finish their degree, which is 65% higher than the rate for those who didn’t have children.
- Seven out of ten births to never-married young men in their early twenties were the result of an unplanned pregnancy.
Children born as a result of an unplanned pregnancy are at a greater risk of:
- Low birthweight and preterm birth
- Having mothers and fathers who suffer from depression and relationship conflict
- Lower cognitive scores on a range of measures in early childhood
- Six in ten teens say they wish they’d waited longer to have sex.
- Three out of ten teenage girls in the United States get pregnant at least once before age 20 (approx. 750,000 teen pregnancies annually)
- Almost 50% of teen have never considered how a pregnancy would impact their lives.
- A sexually active teen that is not using protection has a 90% chance of getting pregnant within a year.
- 2/3 of all teenage pregnancies occur among 18-19 year olds.
- ¼ of teen mothers have a second child within 24 months of the first birth.
- The teen birth rate in Maryland declined 40% percent between 1991 and 2008.<
- Teen childbearing in the United States cost taxpayers (federal, state, and local) at least $10.9 billion in 2008, according to an updated analysis by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
- The teen birth rate in the District of Columbia declined 56% percent between 1991 and 2008.
- An updated analysis from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy shows that teen childbearing in the District of Columbia cost taxpayers at least $47 million in 2008.
Source: Child Trends
- Less than half of teen moms ever graduate from high school and fewer than 2% earn a college degree by age 30.
- In three-quarters of dating relationships, young adults had used some method of birth control at last intercourse; 26 percent used a condom only, 26 percent used a hormonal method or long-acting method alone (such as the pill or shot) and 23 percent used dual methods (a condom combined with a hormonal or long-acting method).
Source: HPV.com (Merck)
- Everyday about 12,000 people between the ages of 15-24 are infected with HPV.
- An estimated 8 out of ten women will become infected with HPV in their lifetime.
- About 2 out of 3 people will get genital warts after having any kind of contact with someone infected.
- According to the New England Journal of Medicine, an estimated 60% of female college students will become infected with HPV by the end of 3 years.
- Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic through 2009, there have been 38,613 cumulative AIDS diagnoses.
- There were 1, 314 reported AIDS diagnoses in the state of Maryland in 2009.
- In 2008, the estimated number of deaths of persons with a diagnosis of HIV infection in the 40 states and 5 U.S. dependent areas with confidential name-based HIV infection reporting was 17,374. In the 40 states only, this included 16,762 adults and adolescents, and 7 children under age 13 years at death.
- At the end of 2006, an estimated 1,106,400 persons (95% confidence interval 1,056,400-1,156,400) in the United States were living with HIV infection, with 21% undiagnosed.
- An updated analysis from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy shows that teen childbearing in Maryland cost taxpayers at least $229 million in 2008. Nationally, teen childbearing costs taxpayers at least $10.9 billion each year.
Source: Guttmacher Institute
- 48 percent of new cases of STDs each year occur in those aged 15-24. This age group represents only one fourth of the population, yet almost half of the new cases of STDs occur therein.
- Rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia are heavily concentrated among young people. Young women aged 15–24 are hit hardest by chlamydia, with rates more than five times as high as women overall.
- In 2002, half of men and women aged 15–44 reported that they had been tested at least once for HIV (other than through blood donation);20 15% had been tested in the past 12 months.
- 20 percent of the people in the U.S. have an STD.
- It costs $8 billion each year to treat STDs (other than HIV).
- 80 percent of those with genital herpes do not know that they are infected. This probably accounts for the lack of case data on this particular STD.
- 15 percent of infertile women can trace their condition to untreated cases of the STD known as pelvic inflammatory disease.
- The STD Hepatitis B is more infectious than HIV.
Source: Get Yourself Tested
- 1 in 2 sexually active young people will get an STD by the age of 25 most will not know it.
- An estimated 43,000 new cases are reported each year. Up to 1.4 million people are already infected with chronic Hep-B.
- The highest rates of gonorrhea are among women aged 15-24 and men aged 20-24.