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How Can Doctors Help in the Prevention of Teen Pregnancy

Teen births have declined in the US over the past 20 years to the lowest levels ever recorded, but still more than 86,000 teens ages 15 to 17 gave birth in 2012. More can and needs to be done to prevent teens from becoming pregnant.

Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals can provide confidential, respectful and culturally appropriate services to meet the needs of teen clients. They can encourage teens who are not sexually active to continue to wait. Providers can offer sexually active teens a broad range of contraceptive methods and encourage them to use the most effective methods. Finally they can counsel teens about the importance of condom use for the preventions of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.

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