Child Health Report 2002 - Sexual Health
This section provides details on Sexual Health from the Child Health Report 2002.
- Teen pregnancy rates for girls aged 15-19 declined between 1993 and 1997 in both Peel and Ontario; rates were lower in Peel than in Ontario.
- In 1997 in Peel, there were 1,122 teen pregnancies and 294 births.
- In 1996/97, 37% of Ontario teens and 31% of Peel teens engaged in sexual intercourse in the past 12 months.
- 28% of sexually active Ontario teens had two or more partners in the past 12 months; 63% reported always using a condom.
- In Peel, rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia - two of most common sexually transmitted diseases - increased among teens between 1997 and 2000; there were nearly 450 total cases of the two diseases in youth aged 15-19 years in 2000.
- Rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia were significantly higher among girls than boys.