Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
Did you know…?
- Teen births have gone down by 64% since 2009.
- 52.7% of pregnancies to women 20-24 years of age in Pueblo County were unplanned.
- 53% of high school students have reported to have had sexual intercourse (2013).
The mission of the Adolescent Pregnancy Program is two-fold: (1) to help youth, teens, and young adults gain the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions about their sexual health and (2) to encourage behavioral change to support the prevention and reduction of adolescent pregnancies (in ages 15-19), unplanned pregnancies (in ages 20-24), and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) throughout Pueblo County.
The program utilizes a message of abstinence and contraception to encourage teens and young adults to make responsible, healthy choices. This mission is reached using various strategies, including peer education in schools, evidence based curriculum, a medically accurate and anonymous texting service, and implementation of an ongoing teen/unintended pregnancy and STI prevention media campaign.
- Youth are smart, valuable and responsible.
- Adolescent/unplanned pregnancy and STI transmission are completely preventable.
- Too-early pregnancy is a community issue that can be addressed with collaborative partnerships.
- Parents, families and schools are an integral part of communication and education for youth and young adults.
- Adolescents and young adults should abstain from sexual activity until they have been taught both the medical rationale for abstinence as well as the most effective and safe methods for contraception.
- Sexually active adolescents and young adults must have access to medical advice and care along with counseling, advice and support to assist them in developing a safe and healthy lifestyle.
- Tolerance and diversity are necessary to reduce the rate of adolescent pregnancy and STIs in Pueblo County.
Go Ask Tara is a Facebook page focused on spreading awareness about health issues facing teens and young adults today. Information is provided by the clinc and Health Promotion Specialist at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. Like this page by clicking here.
firstname.lastname@example.org is an anonymous sexual health text or email service for adolescents and young adults can ask questions about birth control, STD’s or any other sexual health topic. Answers from a qualified healthcare provider will be provided within 24 hours. Clinic appointments can also be made by calling 719-583-4380.
For questions or more information call 719-583-4360.