Sexually Transmitted Infections and Unintended Pregnancy Statistics

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Sexual health has been identified as an important issue by our community. The 2014 Chatham Health Opinion Survey highlighted unintended pregnancies as a problem in Chatham County, with 29% of adult respondents stating that it was a problem or big problem in their communities. Youth focus groups mentioned the frequency of sexual behavior, pregnancies, and STIs as major health issues in their communities.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)

STIs continue to be of concern in North Carolina and Chatham County with recent increases in STI rates. In 2015, Chatham County had 185 newly diagnosed cases of chlamydia and 53 cases of gonorrhea. These two STIs are useful indicators of adolescent sexual health as they are most common in adolescents. While the newly diagnosed HIV annual rate in Chatham in 2015 was relatively low (7.0/100,000 people), Chatham County is surrounded by counties with very high rates of new HIV cases. Durham County is ranked 5th, Guilford County is ranked 6th, and Wake County is ranked 18th in the state for newly diagnosed HIV cases (3 year average between 2013-2015).


Unintended Pregnancies

Nationally, teen pregnancy rates have been falling since the peak in the 1990s. This is partially due to strategic prevention efforts, comprehensive sexuality education, and increased access to needed services, such as effective birth control methods. In 2014, Chatham County ranked 69th out of 100 counties in North Carolina (low numbers the worst, high numbers the best). However, in 2014 there were 42 teen pregnancies (ages 15-19 year old) in Chatham County, the same number of pregnancies as back in 2012. The percent of repeat pregnancies in 2014 was 31%. The majority of these pregnancies were to older teenagers (18-19 year olds).


Additional Sources for STI and Unintended Pregnancy Statistics

Please contact Anna Stormzand, Health Promotion Coordinator with the Chatham County Public Health Department, for any questions or assistance with sexual and reproductive health programming and resources at anna.stormzand@chathamnc.org or (919) 545-8445.