Teen pregnancy and birth rates have been slowly declining since the early 1990s. These modest shifts have been particularly noticeable among African American teens. Nonetheless, African American girls are more likely than their white or Hispanic counterparts to become pregnant as a teen.
Today, one-third of African American teens will have sex by the age of 15. And, nearly six in ten African American girls will get pregnant at least once by age 20. The birth rate among African American teens (age 15-19) in Minnesota is 62.9 per 1,000, compared to 26.7 per 1,000 among white teenagers.
Experts agree that frank, frequent discussions with teens are critical in addressing the issue of teen pregnancies. Begin early to establish open communications. Here are a few frequently asked questions to help shape your conversations.