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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
SOUTH CAROLINA: South Carolina Teen Birth Rates Drop Again
Joey Holleman
January 25, 2012
The State (Columbia, S.C.) (01.25.12) - Wednesday, January

New statistics from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control show that teen birth rates in the state dropped for the third consecutive year in 2010, continuing a decade-long trend. The state recorded 42.6 births per 1,000 females ages 15-19 in 2010; this represents a 13 percent decrease from 2009 and a 26 percent drop from 2000. CDC data published in November showed that births to females younger than 20 accounted for 11.9 percent of all births in South Carolina in 2010, down from 12.8 percent in 2009. Forrest Alton, CEO of the S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, hailed the "amazing progress that young people have made over the last decade." Teen pregnancies are decreasing because "people are finally starting to pay attention," he said, noting that discussions about the issue are becoming more common both in school and at home. The key to lowering the rate further, Alton said, is enhancing those discussions and making sure youths who are not practicing abstinence are using contraception.