According to the Virginia Department of Health, the rate for teen pregnancy has declined between 2003 and 2013.
Dr. Denise Bonds, health director for the Thomas Jefferson Health District, said that this reflects an overall trend that is being seen across the United States.
The data collected by the VDH records a variety of information. Teen pregnancy rates per 1,000 females, pregnancy rates per age group and the number of life births are recorded, among other categories.
Since 2003, there has been a downward trend in the number of teen pregnancies, as well as in the teen pregnancy rate.
The Thomas Jefferson Health District, which Louisa County is a part of, also compiles data on teen pregnancy for ages 15-17. Their data is collected in rolling three year averages. According to Kathryn Whitestone, public information officer and health educator at TJHD, this is done because the pregnancy rates are so low, one high year could falsely inflate the data.
To read the entire story, see the July 23 edition of The Central Virginian.