May 8, 2003
A report released today by the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women says that the city's small but ethnically diverse population of girls has made positive strides in education but faces complex social and environmental challenges that affect the girls' physical and emotional well-being. Rates of STDs are much higher among girls than among boys, according to the report. Three-quarters of all those ages 15-19 with STDs in San Francisco were girls. San Francisco's teen birth rate is the lowest in California and continues to drop -- but Hispanic girls are disproportionately affected by teen pregnancy and account for almost half of the city's teen births.