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Addressing Adolescent Sexual Health Amid Rising STI Rates

karischneiderKari Schneider, MD, FAAP, University of Minnesota Medical School

The 2018 Minnesota Adolescent Sexual Health Report, released in June by the Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center (HYD•PRC) at the University of MN, provides a great look at the sexual health of Minnesota’s youth. Most notably, adolescent pregnancy and birth rates are at “historic lows” with a 65 percent decline in the adolescent birth rate between 1990 and 2016. Unfortunately, however, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continue to increase in the young people of our state. The rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea in MN reached all-time highs in 2017. Chlamydia at 440/100,000 (an increase of 4 percent from 2016) and gonorrhea at 123/100,000 (an increase of 28 percent) illustrate the disproportionate effect that these infections have on Minnesota’s adolescents and young adults.

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