The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

March 13, 2012

Special Event

ASH Course 2012It’s Here!! The UTPRC 4th Annual Adolescent Sexual Health Course!

June 12-14, 2012
University Life Center
7440 Cambridge St
Houston, TX 77054

Registration is now open for the UTPRC 4th Annual Adolescent Sexual Health Course! This year’s them is: Moving Schools Forward to Promote Adolescent Sexual Health. Debra Hauser, President of Advocates for Youth, will be the keynote speaker! This course is filled with interactive activities that cover various topics including:


  • A comprehensive overview of adolescent sexual health
  • Access to reproductive health services
  • Media and today’s youth
  • Working with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender youth in your school
  • Evidence-based prevention strategies
  • How you can become a leader for adolescent sexual health

Space is limited, so register today! Click on the above link for more information and to register!

Special Event

Webinar: Community Mobilization with African American Youth: Black AIDS Institute and African American HIV University (AAHU)

March 15, 2012
1:00 pm (CST)

The Center for Strengthening Youth Prevention Paradigms (SYPP Center) invites you to participate in a webinar on community mobilization with recent graduates of the African American University (AAHU) of Black AIDS Institute. This talk will showcase youth-related projects that were developed by AAHU fellows in Washington, DC, New Jersey, and Columbus, OH. Click on the above link to read more and to register!

In the News

In the NewsContraception Key to Boost Grad Rates at Community Colleges

USA Today; March 12, 2012

Community colleges could improve their graduation rates by helping students avoid unplanned pregnancies. That’s the thinking behind a campaign to encourage faculty members to incorporate material about pregnancy planning into academic courses. Click on the about link to read more!

Latest Research

HIV Rates in U.S. Black Women Much Higher than Thought

A study mostly involving black women in six U.S. areas hard-hit by HIV/AIDS, found HIV incidence rates similar to those seen in sub-Saharan Africa. Data from the Women’s HIV Seroincidence Study (ISIS) found a 0.24 percent HIV incidence rate in the group of almost 88 percent of whom were black. That rate is fivefold higher than the government’s estimated rate for black women overall. The study was presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle. Click on the above link to read more!



Tools You Can Use

CDC Launches ‘Take Charge. Take the Test.’

In conjunction with National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), which was March 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a social marketing HIV testing campaign for women, Take Charge. Take the Test. The campaign reminds black women they have the power to take charge of their health and protect themselves against HIV and aims to increase HIV testing and awareness among black women who are more affected by HIV than women of any other race or ethnicity. Click on the above link to access the materials!


Funding Opportunities

Enhancing Quality HIV Care for Transgender Women of Color

Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: April 16, 2012

This grant program is designed to improve the overall quality of HIV care for transgender women of color. Grantees will be eligible to receive up to $300,000 a year for five years to serve as demonstration sites that will design, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve timely entry, engagement, and retention in quality HIV care for transgender women of color. Click on the above link for more information!

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