Teen birth rate on the rise in Utah

"Overall, of every 1,000 girls age 15-19 in the state, there were 31.2 births in 2006, the latest year for which numbers recently became available. That's a jump from 28.7 per 1,000 the year before -- and the first increase since 1996." read more

Utah teen birth rate on rise, first time since '97

"We certainly believe that a comprehensive approach is most beneficial," Mayfield said. "Teens need to be presented with healthy options. Abstinence is one of those healthy options." read more


STD rate for teens 'shocking'

At least 1 in 4 girls is infected, CDC study finds

"At least one in four teenage American girls has a sexually transmitted disease, suggests a first-of-its-kind federal study that startled some adolescent-health experts.

Some doctors said the numbers might be a reflection of both abstinence-only sex education and teens' own sense of invulnerabilty. Because some sexually transmitted infections can cause infertility and cancer, U.S. health officials called for better screening, vaccination and prevention." read more

Should Utah revise sex ed?

Teen birthrates in 18 areas top U.S. average

"According to figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen births increased—for the first time since 1991—by 3 percent from 2005 to 2006.

National and local health officials say they're not necessarily expecting the numbers to indicate a coming trend. They add, however, the jump could have been foretold in the phenomenal increases in the teen rates of sexually transmitted diseases, including Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia." read more

 

Abstinence-Only Programs Fall Short of Teens' Needs
One reason why abstinence-only programs don't do much to prevent teen sexual activity is because abstinence can mean different things to teens than it does to adults
read more-US News and World Report, August 21, 2008

Davis STD rates down for 1st time in 10 years
Educating the population most at risk for sexually transmitted diseases seems to be working, even if that education is limited.
Davis County is seeing a decrease in...
-Ogden Standard Examiner August 13, 2008
Teaching the birds and the bees: Instructors can get stung
"What we really have is a lot of fear. Fear leads to silence, which isn't what the state policy calls for"
-The Salt Lake Tribune June 9, 2008

Quit fiddling: Young Utahns need accurate information on STDs
When young people are risking death from HIV, public health officials and teachers must warn them of the risk and tell them either to abstain from sex or use condoms...
-The Salt Lake Tribune, June 6, 2008

Sex education law needs a new look
"A recent incident in the Jordan School District shows that the state's laws on sex education are too narrow and ought to be changed -- but not in the way one lawmaker proposes."
-Provo Daily Herald, June 3, 2008
Sex education: Threatening to charge teachers makes no sense
Punitive legislation is exactly what sex education in Utah public schools does not need. This state's sex education curriculum already is so narrow that it discourages...
-Salt Lake Tribune, June 1, 2008

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Abstinence-Only Programs Fall Short of Teens' Needs
One reason why abstinence-only programs don't do much to prevent teen sexual activity is because abstinence can mean different things to teens than it does to adults
read more
-US News and World Report, August 21, 2008
Davis STD rates down for 1st time in 10 years
Educating the population most at risk for sexually transmitted diseases seems to be working, even if that education is limited.
Davis County is seeing a decrease in...
read more
-Ogden Standard Examiner August 13, 2008
Teaching the birds and the bees: Instructors can get stung
"What we really have is a lot of fear. Fear leads to silence, which isn't what the state policy calls for"
read more
-The Salt Lake Tribune June 9, 2008