3 in 10 teen American girls will get pregnant at least once before age 20. That’s nearly 750,000 teen pregnancies every year. The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the western industrialized world.
Parenthood is the leading reason that teen girls drop out of school. More than 50% of teen mothers never graduate from high school. And about 25% of teen moms have a 2nd child within 24 months of their first baby.
A sexually active teen who doesn’t use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year.
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Young women's bodies are biologically more susceptible to STDs.
Young people, between the ages of 15 to 24, account for 50% of all new STDs, although they represent just 25% of the sexually experienced population
46% of American high school students have had sexual intercourse and potentially are at risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and other STDs.
Gonorrhea rates were highest among adolescents and young adults. In 2012, the highest rates were observed among women aged 20–24 years and 15–19 years.
HPV (human papillomavirus) accounts for the majority of prevalent STIs in the US.