As a health educator who works with teens and college students—and as a mom of three—I was happy to see the results of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent study on teen sexual health. It showed consistent declines on measures that we often associate with poor sexual health—including having sex before age 13—and a noteworthy increase in condom use the first time teens have sex.

Yet the United States still has the highest teen pregnancy rate among socially and economically comparable countries, and it still continues to see unprecedented rates of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, in young people. Then there’s the precarious political situation since the 2016 election: devastating attacks on reproductive health and the renewed push by the current administration for federally funded abstinence-only education.

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