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The US is currently experiencing an epidemic; millions of American adolescents are affected by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), teen pregnancy and intimate partner violence (IPV), costing the country both socially and economically:
- Adolescents 15-24 years of age account for 50% of the 20 million new STD cases each year
- US birth rates are significantly higher than countries in Europe
- 6.8 times higher than teens living in the UK
- 13.9 times higher than teens living the EU
- In 2010 18.7% of adolescents ages 11-17 experienced IPV for the first time
- Adolescents who are diagnosed with an STD, are teen parents and IPV victims are at greater risk of experiencing physical, reproductive, social and behavioral health problems
- Collectively STDs, teen pregnancy and IPV cost $33.7 billion annually
Sexual Health Education Programs are a national priority with the primary focus to help reduce incidence rates of STDS, teen pregnancy and IPV in adolescents. These programs are evidence based and are more effective than traditional abstinence-only programs.
An Evaluation of a Sexual Health Education Program for Adolescents in a Residential Treatment Program in the Philadelphia Area, poster, Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson College of Population Health
Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Public Health
Powell (student), Rachel; Smith, P.; and Leader, Amy, "An Evaluation of a Sexual Health Education Program for Adolescents in a Residential Treatment Program in the Philadelphia Area" (2016). College of Population Health Posters. 5.