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Gaston County, NC

Local information on the state of adolescent health and helpful resources. 

2015 Teen Pregnancies 

Number of pregnancies among 15-19-year-old girls: 214
Teen pregnancy rate per 1,000 15-19-year-old girls: 32.9
Teen pregnancy rates by race/ethnicity
African American: 43.6
Hispanic: 51.4
White: 27.3
Teen pregnancy rates by age
15-17-year-olds: 16.5
18-19-year-olds: 63.8
Number of pregnancies among 15-17-year-old girls: 70
Number of pregnancies among 18-19-year-old girls: 144
Percent of Repeat Pregnancies: 21.5%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 15-19-year-old girls: 27.4
NC County Ranking (out of 100 counties): 38
Change since 2010**: -45.1%

*Rates based on small numbers (<20 pregnancies) are unstable and not provided.

** Due to data limitations, we are presenting the change over five years rather than the change since the previous year. Read more.

Source: North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics

Updated February 2017. See Archived Statistics


Sexual Health

Number of Chlamydia Cases (2015, all ages): 1,154
Number of Gonorrhea Cases (2015, all ages): 299

Number of HIV Reports (2015, all ages): 31

 

The total numbers of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea cases are useful indicators of adolescent sexual health as they are most common among young people ages 15-24.

HIV reports are notable because youth ages 13-24 account for more than 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses in the United States. 

Data Source: NC DHHS, HIV/STD Surveillance Unit, Communicable Disease Branch

 

Gaston County Schools Health Policies

Board Policy Manual

Comprehensive Health Education - Section 3000, Policy Code 3520

School Policy on Bullying/Harassment - Section 4000, Policy Code 4040

Education for Pregnant/Parenting Students - Section 4000, Policy Code 4025

Organizations that Support Adolescent Sexual Health

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Gaston

Communities In Schools

Gaston County Health and Human Services (NC TPPI Adolescent Parenting Program, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, and PREPare for Success Program)

Gaston Youth Connected

I Am My Sister

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