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 or programs offered in your area, call the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program at 208-334-6600.
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Learn more on the sexually transmitted diseases website.