The CDC estimates that there are 20 million new various types of STIs (sexually transmitted infections) every year in the United States. Of these new infections, half is attributable to young people aged 15-24. MSMs (men who have sex with men) also have higher rates of STIs than the rest of the population.1 Left untreated, STIs can cause an increased risk of getting HIV, long-term abdominal/pelvic pain, and difficulty getting pregnant.2 Through MHP Salud’s Life Stages initiative, Community Health workers provide critical education about sexual health and strategies for reducing the risk of STI transmission.
Unplanned teenage pregnancy comes at a high price. The consequences of teenage pregnancy affect both the mother and the subsequent generation. Only 50% of teen mothers end up receiving a high school diploma by age 22, compared to 90% of teenage girls who do not have children. Children born to adolescent parents are more likely to have health, behavioral, and educational problems throughout their life compared to peers born to older parents.4 MHP Salud’s Community Health Workers have a wide range of experience working inside Latino communities, providing education to help prevent unplanned teenage pregnancy.