Using technology to keep teen pregnancy rate low

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Teen pregnancy rates are down to an all time low according to The Centers for Disease Control. However, the Knox County Health Department is turning to technology to keep those numbers down.

They're also trying to spread awareness about sexually transmitted diseases among teenagers.

Kathy Brown, of the Knox County Health Department said "Sexually transmitted disease rates in our area are high for some areas we have rates that exceed the national average."

That's why doctors and organizations that deal with teen sexuality are working together on a new strategy.

"We are sharing updates and insights on how to more effectively work with teens and young people in our community." said Brown

They're doing that by connecting through the internet and text messages.

Cynthia Hudson, of the Knox County Health Department said "We have one program called 'B Aware B4 U Go There' and it's a campaign to raise awareness about the STD rates."

Teens can text "BAware" to 99000 and they'll get text messages with information that will help them make healthy decisions.

There's also a new website called My Body My Future.com. It's a resource for teens, teen parents and parents of teens to go to for more information about programs in the area.

You can also go and vote on a PSA created by teens in the area. Voting ends on May 18th and the winner will be announced on our 4:00 news on May 18th.


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