New Mexico: Teen Sex Survey Shows Problem
October 27, 2006
A survey of almost 500 South Valley district residents in Albuquerque found few teens know where to go to obtain contraception.
Hablando Claro (Plain Talk) conducted the survey. Founded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Hablando Claro is a pregnancy and STD prevention program targeting the Latino community. The survey's results comprise responses from 147 teens and 349 adults. Among its findings:
The phase-one survey, called the community mapping phase, will be used to refine the second, 18-month stage of Hablando Claro's program. That will involve home health parties, where community health educators, or promotoras, will discuss with small groups important topics identified by the survey. About 60 percent of participants indicated a willingness to host such events.
"Hopefully, the results will improve people's knowledge of where to find reproductive services and how to use them," said Veronica Plaza, Hablando Claro program director. In the third phase, the program will resurvey the community and compare the results with the baseline survey.
10.19.2006; Juan-Carlos Rodriguez
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