Statistics on HIV/AIDS, STDs and Unintended Pregnancy
African-American youth are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and unintended pregnancy. Race and ethnicity are not risk factors but are risk markers that correlate with fundamental determinants of health such as poverty and limited access to quality health care.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
National StatisticsNational statistics illustrate a higher rate of STDs among African-American adolescents:
In 2000, African Americans accounted for the highest number of reported cases for reportable STDs in Illinois adolescents ages 10 to 19:
Illinois has the third-highest rate of all states for teenage pregnancy among African Americans ages 15 to 19; each year 126.2 babies per 1,000 teens are born to African Americans.
The following fact sheets on HIV/AIDS, STDs and unintended pregnancy are available: African-American Adolescents, Living in a High-risk Population: Hispanic Adolescents, Living in a High-risk Population : Adolescents at Risk, Statistics on HIV/AIDS, STDs and Unintended Pregnancy, Talking to Your Kids about HIV/AIDS, STDs and Unintended Pregnancy
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