In an effort to decrease teen pregnancies in Idaho, the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (APP) program aims to provide youth and their parents/caregivers with access to sexual health education. Studies find that sexual health education helps teens delay sexual activity, use condoms and birth control correctly, avoid sexually transmitted infections, and prevent pregnancy.
Unplanned teen pregnancies cost Idaho taxpayers approximately 39 million dollars a year in Medicaid, foster care, and incarceration. These figures are not surprising given that children born from teen pregnancies often have poor mental and physical health compared to children born from planned adult pregnancies.
For more information, please visit the Idaho Teen Pregnancy website or call (208) 334-6600.