Teen sexual activity isn't limited to any particular social group or income level. More than 50 percent of teens are sexually active during their high school years. That at-risk behavior is creating serious problems in South Carolina.
Each year our state is nationally ranked in births to teen mothers — often in or near the top ten highest. South Carolina youth ages 15-24 account for nearly half of all newly diagnosed STI cases per year1. The annual taxpayer bill for unplanned births now tops $200 million.
Providing comprehensive, medically accurate sexual and reproductive health education in our schools gives students:
- Knowledge to make smarter choices.
- Protection against unintended pregnancy and STIs.
- Tools for a more successful adulthood.
- Responsibility for their future wellbeing.
Research shows that when young people are educated about human sexuality — including abstinence and contraception — they are more likely to delay sex2. Those choosing sexual activity do so with the understanding and protection that only comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education programs provide.
- SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
- Advocates for Youth