June 25-28, July 9-12, July 30-August 2, Houston, TX
June 27th is National HIV Testing Day! The Houston Department of Health and Human Services along with the City of Houston will be holding their annual HIP HOP for HIV Awareness event at Greenspoint Mall and Sharpstown High School. Participants who sign up for free HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Hepatitis C testing and education will receive a free ticket to an exclusive Hip Hop Concert. Click the link above to read more!
In the News
The Washington Post; June 20, 2012
According to a recent report by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the teen pregnancy rate reached a historic low in 2008. Among teens, 754,000 pregnancies were reported in 2008. About 58 percent of these pregnancies ended in live births, while 26 percent ended in abortions and the rest in fetal loss. Click on the above link to read more!
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) recently released a groundbreaking study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)-identified young people and a corollary study of straight teens that shows tremendous disparities between the two groups. With more than 10,000 respondents ages 13-17, “Growing up LGBT in America” is the largest known survey of LGBT teens. Among the report’s key finds are that 54 percent of LGBT youth say they have been verbally harassed and called names involving anti-gay slurs and 47 percent say they do not “fit in” in their community, while only 16 percent of non-LGBT youth feel that way. Click on the above link to download the report!
Tools You Can Use
In preparation for National HIV Testing Day, which is June 27th, the National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) recently updated the National HIV and STD Testing Resources web site. The site is designed to make it easier than ever to find the right tools and resources to help community members, program staff, and other stakeholders raise awareness about the importance of being tested for HIV and other STDs. The site also has a fully-mirrored Spanish version as well. Click on the above link to access the web site!
Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Competitive Grants under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Deadline: August 6, 2012
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be accepting applications for the development and implementation of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) in Texas and other areas. The purpose of this program is to support projects that educate youth, including pregnant and parenting youth on abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS. Click on the above link to read more!
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