The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

July 3, 2012

Special Event

Competitive PREP Funding Information Webinar!

July 9, 2012; 3:00 PM CST

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is hosting a webinar to discuss details regarding the recent funding announcement for the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) competitive grant funding.  Bryan Samuels, Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be the guest speaker. The purpose of the PREP 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, including HIV/AIDS. Click on the link above to learn more about the webinar!


In the News

Many AIDS Cases, Few HIV Specialists  

USA Today; June 17, 2012

Roughly half of all new AIDS diagnoses are occurring in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, according to federal estimates. Yet there’s a severe shortage of HIV specialists in the South, which exacerbates access to treatment for people living with the disease in the region, according to one of the nation’s leading AIDS advocacy organizations. Click on the above link to read more! 



Latest Research

Sexual Orientation and Substance Use Among Adolescents and Young Adults

Brewster, K.L. & Tillman, K.H. (2012). Am J Public Health, 102(6), 1168-76.

This study examined interrelationships among the 3 dimensions of sexual orientation-self-identity, sexual attraction, and sexual experience-and their associations with substance use among adolescents and young adults. Data was analyzed from the National Survey of Family Growth Cycle 6, a random survey developed by the National Center for Health Statistics. The sample consisted of 3,963 youth between the ages of 15 and 24. All respondents were asked about marijuana use, the use of any other drugs, and binge drinking. Click on the above link to read the results! 


Tools You Can Use

State Fact Sheets for Medicaid and Family Planning 

The Guttmacher Institute has recently updated their state fact sheets regarding Medicaid and Family Planning. These fact sheets also provide information on streamlined enrollment strategies used in expansion states, findings on the impact of expanded coverage, and estimates of the potential gains foregone by states that have not expanded services or have not made full use of their authority to expand. Click on the link above to download the fact sheet! 



Funding Opportunities

Competitive Abstinence Education (CAE) Grant Program  

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 Competitive Abstinence Education (CAE) Grant Program that will provide funding for additional tools to address the rates of teen pregnancy among adolescent youth who are at greatest risk of STDs/STIs and most likely to bear children out of wedlock. Program plans will focus on the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by delaying initiation of sexual activity and engaging in healthy relationships.  Click on the above link to read more!


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