Gaston County, NC

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

2018 Teen Pregnancies 

Number of pregnancies among 15-19-year-old girls: 174
Teen pregnancy rate per 1,000 15-19-year-old girls: 25.9
Teen pregnancy rates by race/ethnicity
African American: 35.9
Hispanic: 29.0
White: 21.5
Teen pregnancy rates by age
15-17-year-olds: 11.9
18-19-year-olds: 50.6
Number of pregnancies among 15-17-year-old girls: 51
Number of pregnancies among 18-19-year-old girls: 123
Percent of Repeat Pregnancies: 24.1%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 15-19-year-old girls: 20.7
NC County Ranking (out of 100 counties): 40
Change since 2017: -22%

Source: North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics

Updated October 2019. See Archived Statistics.

Sexual Health

Number of Chlamydia Cases (2018, all ages): 1,577
Number of Gonorrhea Cases (2018, all ages): 657

Number of HIV Reports (2018, all ages): 30


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 Sources: 2018 North Carolina STD Surveillance Report and 2018 North Carolina HIV Surveillance Report - HIV/STD/Hepatitis Surveillance Unit, North Carolina DHHS, Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch (2019)

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 and Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program)

Gaston Youth Connected

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