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CDC Study: Teen Sex, Pregnancy On The Decline

According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control, less than half of teens between 15 and 19 say they’ve had sex and teen births have declined by 57 percent over the last 30 years. (kidoki/Flickr)
According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control, less than half of teens between 15 and 19 say they’ve had sex and teen births have declined by 57 percent over the last 30 years. (kidoki/Flickr)

The number of teenagers having sex is lower than any time in the last 25 years, at the same time that the use of condoms has risen and teen pregnancy rates have fallen.

According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control, less than half of teens between 15 and 19 say they’ve had sex, and teen births have declined by 57 percent over the last 30 years.

The figures are being hailed as good news by health providers who say they are a positive step toward better health outcomes for adolescents.

Dr. Frank Biro is director of research at the Adolescent and Transition Medicine Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss what the statistics mean.

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  • Frank Biro, director of research at the Adolescent and Transition Medicine Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

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