I recently read an article about Bronx teenagers having the highest rates of STDS and pregnancy. New York University Professor Vincent Guilamo-Ramos claims that “rampant poverty, homelessness, limited access to healthcare and insufficient funding for innovative health programs contribute to the Bronx’s teen pregnancy rate.” Furthermore, it states that New York pin points the African Americans and Latinos for being more promiscuous and that people are not considering how they are truly disadvantaged. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/report-finds-poverty-high-pregnancy-std-rates-bronx-teens-article-1.978632
I disagree with this article to an extent. I think there are other contributing factors ,such as values, which are increasing these rates. To be blunt, my first thoughts on this were that being poor does not create babies or STDS, participating in intercourse without protection does. The article also clearly states that Bronx teens are also more likely to use a condom. If this is the case then why do we have the highest rates of teen pregnancy and STDs? I then did a little research and looked up the poorest cities in the U.S. The poorest city is Allen, South Dakota and they don’t have the same rate that we do. The Bronx was not even on the list. Can we still say that solely poverty is contributing to such high rates of teen pregnancy and STDs?