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25/06/13 09:38

Teenage Pregnancy Statistics

Latest publication from ISD Scotland

Commenting on data on teenage pregnancies for the year ending 31st December 2011 that shows the rate is the lowest since monitoring began in 1994, Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said:

“It is encouraging to see a fall in the rates of teenage pregnancy for the fourth successive year. This encouraging reduction means rates in 2011 were the lowest since monitoring began in 1994”

“We have taken significant action in his area and are working with Health Boards and Local Authorities to further reduce teenage pregnancy in a range of ways. These include providing age appropriate relationship and sexual health education, drop-in services for young people, ensuring access to contraception including longer acting reversible contraception and targeted interventions for those most at risk of poor sexual health outcomes.

“I am concerned however that there are significant differences in teenage pregnancy rates between those from the most deprived communities and those from more affluent communities. Our Sexual Health and Bloodborne Virus Framework aims to reduce the health inequalities gap in sexual health. We are currently considering the recommendations presented by the Health and Sport Committee following the teenage pregnancy enquiry.”

Notes to editors

Full statistical publication available from: http://www.isdscotland.org/Publications/index.asp