This past Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on pregnancy among teenagers. They revealed that more younger teens were giving birth between the ages of 15 to 17, and also explored what could possibly be done to turn this tide. Specifically, they found that 1,700 babies a week were born to girls aged 15 to 17 in 2012. While this represents a decline of 63 percent in the past 21, giving birth at such a young is associated with a variety of medical risks and emotional, social, and financial costs.
Perhaps what's most striking is that, among sexually active teens in this age group, 83.3 percent did not receive formal sex education before the first time they had sex, leading the CDC to speculate over how we might improve sex education opportunities for those in younger age groups. They laid out a number of suggestions for everyone from the federal government to health care providers to parents to teens themselves.
"We are missing opportunities to deliver prevention messages before younger teens begin having sex," Ileana Arias, the CDC's principal deputy director, told reporters at the Washington Post.
How have you, in both your personal and professional life, made the effort to disseminate valuable information about sex to those within younger age groups? Chime in below, in our comments section!