Gaston County, NC

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

2017 Teen Pregnancies 

Number of pregnancies among 15-19-year-old girls: 223
Teen pregnancy rate per 1,000 15-19-year-old girls: 33.3
Teen pregnancy rates by race/ethnicity
African American: 43.6
Hispanic: 42.0
White: 28.1
Teen pregnancy rates by age
15-17-year-olds: 12.7
18-19-year-olds: 71.4
Number of pregnancies among 15-17-year-old girls: 55
Number of pregnancies among 18-19-year-old girls: 168
Percent of Repeat Pregnancies: 21.5%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 15-19-year-old girls: 27.3
NC County Ranking (out of 100 counties): 30
Change since 2016: +18.1%

Source: North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics

Updated September 2018. See Archived Statistics.

Sexual Health

Number of Chlamydia Cases (2017, all ages): 1,382
Number of Gonorrhea Cases (2017, all ages): 533

Number of HIV Reports (2017, all ages): 19


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

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