With the help of contraceptives and the efforts of health professionals encouraging abstinence, New York City has got its teen pregnancy rate down 27% in the past decade, according to Health Commissioner Tom Farley (February 2).
"It shows that when you make condoms and contraception available to teens, they don't increase their likelihood of being sexually active. But they get the message that sex is risky," the commission told the New York Daily News.
From 2001-2010, fewer high school students reported having sex. In 2001, 51% said they had, and in 2011 the rate was 38%.
In 2001, there were 24,815 pregnancies; in 2011, that number dropped to 19,080. The Village Voice reported that the number, while decreasing, is still higher than the national average, with the Bronx claiming one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country.
by RTT Staff Writer
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