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Abstinence Education


South Carolina's abstinence education efforts are designed to help assure children and adolescents are healthy by working to (a) increase the proportion of adolescents postponing sexual activity as a means to prevent teen pregnancy, birth and/or STDs/STIs and (b) increase the number of adults and community areas across South Carolina supportive of adolescent decisions to delay sexual activity.

The intent is for abstinence education programming to help impact selected health indicators, to include reducing South Carolina's:

  • 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:

Mike Smith
(803) 898-3740

Funding Sources

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, administers the "State Abstinence Education Grant Program" funding as authorized and appropriated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act) [Pub.L. 111-148], which amends Title V Section 510 of the Social Security Act [42 U.S.C. 710].

State funding is provided through 2016-17 South Carolina Legislative Provisos 34.45 and 34.46.

Request for Grant Applications

FY 2016 Title V Abstinence Education Supplemental Funds

FY 2017 State Proviso 34.45 (Emerging Programs)

FY 2017 State Proviso 34.46 (Evidence-Based Programs)

FY 2016 Title V Abstinence Education Grant Program