AB WEDNESDAY,'APRIL 18, 2001 HEALTH THE SAUNA JOURNAL T TEEN-AGE PREGNANCY Message heeded: Just don't do it Prevention programs cited for record drop in births by teens By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Programs to reduce teen-age pregnancy are under way in virtually every state and young Americans seem to be getting the message. Births by teens have dropped to a record low. A report Tuesday from the National Center for Health Statistics also found a surprising decline in multiple births of three or more and an increase in the number of women having Caesarean sections. The study said the birth rate for mothers 15-19 declined 3 percent to 49.6 births per 1,000 women in 1999. This rate has fallen 20 percent since 1991 and is now at a record low. "Teen sexual activity has lev- Teen birth rate at record low The birth rate for American women ages 15 to 19 reached a record low in 1999. The rate of 49.6 births per 1,000 women was the iowest since records were first kept In 1940. U.S. birth rate for women ages 15 to 19 70 births per 1,000 60 50 40 30 20 10 1970s 1980s 1990s SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eled off compared to the increases we saw in the previous couple of decades," commented demographer Stephanie Ventura. "Also, teens who are sexually active are more likely to be using contraception," she said. "Every state has a teen pregnancy prevention program.... The message has been transmitted." The 1999 rate broke a record of 50.2 births per 1,000 teen-age women set in 1986. The records go back to 1940. T SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE Chlamydia screening urged Ventura also noted the teen birth rate has been declining during a period when the economy was strong. That may have encouraged yoimgsters to avoid pregnancy in order to pursue education and jobs, she said. Meanwhile, while those instant families of five, six or more children born at once get lots of publicity, the study showed that multiple births of three or more have actually begun to decline. The number of triplets-plus births had been growing steadily, doubling in the 1990s, before reversing course in 1999, NCHS reported. "One possible explanation is that the fertility-enhancing therapies that are the primary contributors to the increase in these births have been refined and improved upon so they are less likely to result in multiple births," said Joyce Martin, an epidemiologist and co-author of the study Pool & Spa SERVICE Treatment for Children's Bekvior Problems ckmhc Centi-al Kansas Mental Health Center Sewing the people of Dickinson, Ellsworth, Lincoln, Ottauia & Saline Counties 809 Elmhurst • Salina' 823-6322 1-800-794-8281 823-75^2 3 million new cases of the STD are reported annually in the U.S. By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A government panel is recommending routine screening of sexually active women for chlamydia. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force urged Tuesday that doctors screen all sexually active women aged 25 and younger, as well as older women at risk for chlamydia, as part of their regular health-care visits. With an estimated 3 million new cases each year, chlamydia IS the most common bacterial, sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Most women have no symptoms when initially infected, but if not treated they can develop pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and other serious health problems. • In a survey of 546 doctors reported in the March 2001 Journal of Adolescent Health, only 32 percent said they would screen an asymptomatic, sexually active teen-age girl for chlamydia as part of a routine gynecological examination. The group also: • Dropped its upper age limit for regular screening for high blood cholesterol and other lipid abnormalities that can lead to coronary heart disease. • Issued a new recommendation calling for the screening of younger adults for lipid abnormalities beginning at age 20 if they have risk factors for coro nary heart disease such as diabetes, family history of heart disease, tobacco use or high blood pressure. • Said that, despite research showing that pregnant women with bacterial vaginosis have a higher risk of pre-term delivery, evidence does not merit regular screening to reduce the incidence of pre-term delivery NATION I UNDEF Thursday, May 3rd 50lh Atmiversaiy of the National Day of Prayer "Stronger Families for a Stronger America" Salina Prayer Breakfast, May 3rd, 7 a.m. at Heritage Hall $9 00 Tickets available at: Bicentennial Center Greien Lanterns McCoy's Bennington State Banks YOUTH EVENT UPLINK! 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