Abstract This paper shall provide a cursory review of adolescent sexual activity and teen pregnancy. It will examine the statistics and trends in these areas. The level of federal involvement will be reviewed. The initiatives and goals of Healthy People 2010 are outlined. The fiscal impact and educational outreaches are investigated. The need for public health education is presented. Adolescent Sexual Activity and Teen Pregnancy The teen pregnancy problem reached epidemic proportions in the late 1970’s and through the 1980’s and peaked in 1991 (Brindis, 2006, p.277). The problem of teen sexual activity often centers on the likely manifestation of pregnancy, but the risk of sexually transmitted diseases took a dramatic turn with the advent...The end:
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