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Bronx teens have higher pregancy, STD rates, but average levels of sexual activity, NY1

A new study conducted by New York 1 has found that teens in the Bronx are getting pregnant and contracting sexually transmitted diseases at a higher rate than those who live in other areas, but that promiscuity is not the problem.

The study found that despite the fact that teens in the Bronx are not having sex at a higher rate than anywhere else, the percentage of teenagers having babies in the Bronx is almost double that of teens living in Manhattan or Queens.

“It doesn’t add up,” Professor Vincent Guilamo-Ramos of the Silver School of Social Work told NY1. “Their behavior is not the sole way of dealing with this. Where they live and the context in which they are embedded creates vulnerability for them.”

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