*The rate of teen pregnancy in the United States has dropped to its lowest level since records began being kept 70 years ago, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.
For the past 20 years, the teen birth rate has dropped 37 percent. Despite the drop, the rate is still considered high compared to the rest of the world.
The U.S. rate is still six to nine times higher than teen birth rates in Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. The United Kingdom, while having the highest birth rate in Western Europe, has nearly one and half times fewer teen births compared to the U.S.
In 2009, more than 400,000 girls age 15-19 gave birth in the U.S., according to the CDC’s Vital Signs study.
Findings also revealed that 46 percent of teens in the study had sexual intercourse, and out of that percentage, 14 percent of girls and 10 percent of boys said they did not use any type of birth control.
The report also indicated that blacks and Hispanic teen girls are two to three times more likely to give birth than their white counterparts.
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