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By the Numbers

Teen Pregnancy

6th highest teen birth rate

In 2015, Louisiana had the 6th highest teen birth rate in the nation.

12% of births were underweight

Of all births to females under 20 years of age in 2013, 12% were low birthweight and 17% were repeat births.

3 times more likely

The daughters of young teen mothers are three times more likely to become teen mothers themselves.

Slower changes in teen pregnancy rate

From 1991 to 2013, the national teen birth rate dropped 57%, while the rate in Louisiana for the same time period dropped only 48%.

Pregnancy is a leading cause of dropout

Nationwide, 30% of teen girls who have dropped out of high school cite pregnancy or parenthood as a reason.

Only 38% of teen mothers

Who have a child before age 18 complete high school by age 22 and less than 2% attain a college degree by age 30.

STDs

Highest rate of primary and secondary syphilis.

In 2015, Louisiana had the highest rate of reported cases of primary and secondary syphilis among young people aged 15–19 in the United States.

Ranked 2nd in reported cases of gonorrhea.

In 2015, Louisiana ranked 2nd in the United States for the rate of reported cases of gonorrhea among young people aged 15–19.

Ranked 2nd in reported cases of Chlamydia.

Louisiana ranked 2nd in the nation of reported cases of chlamydia among young people aged 15–19 in the United States in 2015.

Ranked 2nd for HIV infection rate

Louisiana’s HIV infection rate among young people aged 13–19 ranked 2nd in the United States in 2011.

Ranked 4th for AIDS

Louisiana’s AIDS rate among young people aged 13–19 ranks 4th in the United States.

It’s Time for Change.

Sources

SIECUS. Louisiana State Profile Fiscal Year 2016. Retrieved May 17, 2017, from Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States: http://siecus.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=1633&nodeID=1

Kost, Kathryn and Henshaw, Stanley. U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions, 2008: State Trends by Age, Race and Ethnicity. Guttmacher Institute. [Online] March 2013. [Cited: May 29, 2013.] http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/USTPtrendsState08.pdf.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1991-2011 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  [Online] [Cited: May 28, 2013.] http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline.

Ng, Alison Stewart and Kaye, Kelleen. Why It Matters: Teen Childbearing, Education, and Economic Wellbeing . Washington, D.C. : The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 2012. https://thenationalcampaign.org/resource/why-it-matters-teen-childbearing-education-and-economic-wellbeing

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Why It Matters: Teen Pregnancy and Overall Child Wellbeing. Washington, DC : s.n., 2007. https://thenationalcampaign.org/resource/why-it-matters-teen-pregnancy-and-overall-child-wellbeing 

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Why It Matters: Teen Pregnancy and Overall Child Wellbeing. Washington, DC : s.n., 2007. https://thenationalcampaign.org/resource/why-it-matters-teen-pregnancy-and-overall-child-wellbeing 

Source: SIECUS. Louisiana State Profile Fiscal Year 2016. Retrieved May 17, 2017, from Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States: http://siecus.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=1633&nodeID=1

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV Surveillance in Adolescents and Young Adults. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  [Online] [Cited: May 29, 2013.] https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/statistics_surveillance_adolescents.pdf

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV Surveillance in Adolescents and Young Adults. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  [Online] [Cited: May 29, 2013.] https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/statistics_surveillance_adolescents.pdf

SIECUS. Louisiana State Profile Fiscal Year 2016. Retrieved May 17, 2017, from Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States: http://siecus.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=1633&nodeID=1

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV Surveillance in Adolescents and Young Adults. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  [Online] [Cited: May 29, 2013.] https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/statistics_surveillance_adolescents.pdf

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV Surveillance in Adolescents and Young Adults. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  [Online] [Cited: May 29, 2013.] https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/statistics_surveillance_adolescents.pdf

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