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Abstinence Education


South Carolina's abstinence education efforts are designed to support children and adolescents by promoting abstinence to prevent teen pregnancy and STDs in groups that are most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock.  Those groups include youth who are homeless, in foster care, live in geographic areas with high teen birth rates, or come from racial or ethnic minority groups with disparities in teen birth rates.  South Carolina’s abstinence education program aims to impact the following health indicators:

  • Rate of out-of-wedlock births,
  • Rate of abortions,
  • Number of adolescents 19 years old and younger who engage in sexual intercourse,
  • Rate of sexually transmitted diseases, and
  • Rate of teenage pregnancies.


Program Manager:
Lisa Hobbs
(803) 898-0811

Program Coordinator:
Vivian McCray
(803) 898-0696

Funding Sources

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, administers the "State Abstinence Education Grant Program" funding as authorized and appropriated by section 214 of the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization  Act of 2015 (Public Law No. 114-10), which amends Title V Section 510 of the Social Security Act [42 U.S.C. § 710].
Current State funding is provided through 2017-18 South Carolina Legislative Provisos 34.45 and 34.46.

Request for Grant Applications in 2017