Risk Factors for Adolescent Sexual Behavior, Fertility, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases


  • John S. Santelli,

    Medical Epidemiologist
    1. Behavioral and Prevention Research Branch, Division of STD/HIV Prevention, National Center for Prevention Services, Centers for Disease Control, 1600 Clifton Road (E-44), Atlanta, GA 30333.
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  • Peter Beilenson

    1. School and Adolescent Health Services, Baltimore City Health Dept., 303 E. Fayette St., 2nd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202.
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ABSTRACT: Current understanding of the risk factors related to adolescent initiation of sexual activity, use of contraception, pregnancy, and STDs is examined. From recent research on adolescent fertility, findings that have particular relevance to school health or reflect new understandings of adolescent sexuality are summarized. In selected cases, prevention programs that build directly on an understanding of these risk factors are cited.