Teen Pregnancy Prevention

The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Branch (APPB) works to reduce the incidence of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among teens in Alabama. This is made possible through federal grants awarded to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Through these grants, funding is made available to local community organizations to assist in these efforts in their communities. The APPB also partners with The Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (ACPTP) and other organizations throughout the state in a collaborative relationship to promote healthy decisions among young people.

Adolescents are in a unique period in the life cycle between childhood and adulthood. Developmentally, they face many challenges, including choices that impact them for a lifetime. One such choice is the decision to become sexually active, which may lead to pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. Many of these lifestyle choices are affected by physiological challenges that can make healthy decision making difficult. Read more about Adolescent Health.

BUB3 - Be You. Be 3: Smart, Strong and Safe

Be You. Be 3: Smart, Strong and Safe promotes being smart - knowing your body, options and the risks of sexual behavior; being strong - standing up for yourself and how you feel; and being safe - protecting yourself from getting pregnant or getting an STI/STD.

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April is STD Awareness Month

The APPB observes April as STD Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about what STDs/STIs are, but also encourage the youth of Alabama to take action to protect your own health, or the health of those around you – whether they be a partner, friend or a loved one.

The current STD surge makes this year's STD Awareness Month of the upmost importance. STDs are on the rise, directly endangering the health of too many across the country and the state of Alabama in particular. STDs affect people of all ages, yet these diseases take a particularly heavy toll on young people. According to the CDC, almost half of new STIs were among youth aged 15-24 in the US in 2018.

You can prevent getting or giving an STD/STI by getting the facts and taking control of your own sexual health through proud and responsible decision-making and effective communication.

Join us in spreading the word about the dangers of STDs/STIs and how they impact our lives. Get the facts and educate others!

Follow ADPH on Facebook!  Look out for this month's STD Awareness "Thursday Thoughts!" Visit our News and Events page for more information. 

Additional Resources

ADPH Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 


Page last updated: April 5, 2021