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Now's a good time to discuss sex with teens

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

September 2, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Public Health Officials say the pregnancy of a prominent politicians' teenage daughter gives parents another opportunity to talk to their children about teen pregnancy.

Vice Presidential candidate Sara Palin announced over the weekend that her 17 year old daughter is pregnant and will soon marry the baby's father. Teen pregnancy is an issue facing families all over the nation and Georgia has the seventh highest teen pregnancy rate in America.

Terrell County is second highest in the state with Dougherty not far behind at 17th out of 159 counties. Dr. Jacqueline Grant says parents need to talk to teens about being sexually active before its too late.

"I think we have to look at it in terms of what can we do not only to promote individual responsible sexual behavior and that includes comprehensive sexual education, abstinence, as well as contraceptives, availability, accessibility of those to teens that aren't abstinent," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant.

The Southwest Georgia Public Health Department wants to know what parents are telling their children about sex and how they can help. They're encouraging parent to fill out their Community Health Survey on their website at www.southgeorgiapublichelath.org

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