We have a preventable public health problem in this country. an estimated 750,000 american teens will become pregnant this year and nearly four million will contract a sexually-transmitted infection. in utah alone:
Thousands of new sexually-transmitted infections are diagnosed every year
and many more are spread but go undetected for months or even years. If left untreated these diseases can cause infertility, cervical cancer, and other severe health problems.
In 2006 5,092 cases of Chlamydia were reported in Utah1 —1,508 of which occurred among teenagers age 13-192. That's more than double the rate of infection since the year 2000.
Since 2000 Utah's reported Gonorrhea infection rate has increased by 195%—the highest increase among all Western states (and nearly double
that of the second-highest rate increase)3 Utah's reported HIV infection rate also jumped almost 200% between 1999 and 20064.
Thousands of utah's teenage girls face pregnancy every year and the many difficult decisions that follow.
2006 saw the first increase in Utah's teenage pregnancy rates in five years5. At just over 40 teenage pregnancies per 1,000 girls age 15-195, at least 4,000 teenage girls will become pregnant in Utah in 2008.
In 2006 nearly 70% of all births among 15-17 year olds were the result of an unintended pregnancy. Among 18-19 year olds, the rate was just over 60%5.
- Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Communicable Disease Control. Chlamydia, 1996-2007. http://health.utah.gov/cdc/sp.htm
- Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Communicable Disease Control. Teenage Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Cases for Utah by Gender, 2002-2006. http://health.utah.gov/cdc/sp.htm
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Increases in Gonorrhea - Eight Western States, 2000-2005. March 16, 2007, 56(10), pp 222-225.
- Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Communicable Disease Control. Latest Utah and US HIV/AIDS Statistics. http://health.utah.gov/cdc/sp.htm
- Utah Department of Health, Vital Statistics Data. Compiled February 2008.
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