Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
To decrease teen pregnancies in Idaho, Southeastern Idaho Public Health utilizes the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (APP) program to teach Reducing the Risk (RTR) curriculum in local high schools. APP aims to provide youth and their parents access to comprehensive sexual health education, which studies find helps teens delay sexual activity and use condoms and birth control correctly to avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy.
- Approximately 15 out of 100 Idaho teens gave birth in 2019.
- The US has the highest rate of teen pregnancy among developed nations.
- Taxpayers spend over $9.4 billion a year to cover the social costs of adolescent pregnancy.
- 3 in 10 girls become pregnant at least once before the age of 20.
- 32% of high school teens have ever had sexual intercourse.
- 50% of all sexually transmitted infections occur in people age 24 and younger.
- One quarter of all new HIV infections in the US are in the 13-20 age group.
- Less than 40% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma.
- Sons of teen mothers are more likely to end up behind bars as are other young men.
- Daughters of teen moms are 3 times more likely to become teen mothers themselves (compared to mothers who had a child are age 20-21).