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Teen pregnancies down in the Columbus area

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A provocative teen pregnancy campaign in Chicago with its shocking images of teenage boys pregnant stirred up America this week, bringing attention to teenage pregnancies yet again.

Fortunately, teenage pregnancies have fallen to an all-time low this year and the rate in Columbus has decreased since 2006. 

The decline in teen birth rates means students are more likely to finish high school and attend college.

In the Columbus area, the teen pregnancy rates have also decreased by about 13 percent in the last 5 years.

There are probably a lot of different reasons but one of things here locally in the health department is that there is a teen health center where teens can come in and talk with the nurse about healthy life counseling and HIV counseling and get other exams done along with a lot of other services.

Advertising about the truth of teen pregnancy in schools, commercials, bill boards and social media are few ways that influenced the decrease in teen pregnancy nationwide.

There are plenty of prenatal care services, social services and health centers women can visit of all ages and Columbus Department of Public Health has a teen health center that can provide information and support on teen pregnancies for those who are interested.  

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