Teen Pregnancy on the Decline in NYC

The Health Department developed the Teens in NYC – Protection mobile app as a way to provide access to free health reproductive services.

Go ahead, and pat yourself on the back, Bloomberg; teen pregnancy is on the decline.

According to new data released by the Health Department, teen pregnancy has decreased in the last decade by 30 percent, and dropped five percent between 2010 and 2011.

“For teens who are having sex, it is important to use birth control and condoms to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. “The Teens in NYC mobile app provides information in ways that are familiar to teens so they can access to these services.”

The mobile app, Teens in NYC – Protection,  provides educational outlets and services for both young women and men., including the Young Men’s Initiative, which gives access to reproductive health services.

“The City’s efforts over the last decade have already led to fewer teens becoming pregnant each year in New York City,” said Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs. “Health care guidelines created through the Young Men’s Initiative will help even more teens avoid unintended pregnancy so they can finish their education.”

There are nearly 87 percent of pregnancies that are unintended. While abstinence will prevent unintended pregnancies, for those who are engaging in intercourse can educate themselves with the mobile app.

Of the five boroughs, the Bronx sits atop the list of teen pregnancies with 95.9 of 1000 pregnancies. Health agencies have started a Bronx based initiative called Bronx Teen Connection in Hunts Point and Morrisania.

The city has seen its fair share of controversial ads as a way to address the hard facts of teen pregnancies as well as Plan B is now accessible to 15-year-olds and older.

The app is available for all phones, including the iPhone and Android.

Pic: NYC.gov

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