The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

September 18, 2012

Special Event

John P. McGovern Award Lecture Series in Health Promotion- Dr. Doug Kirby

September 21, 2012 11:30-1:00 P.M.
RAS Auditorium 1200 Herman Pressler, Houston, TX 77030

This Friday, Dr. Doug Kirby, Senior Research Scientist at ETR associates, will be awarded the John P. McGovern Award by the UT Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research.  Dr. Kirby will be honored for his dedication and contribution to promoting adolescent sexual health education nationwide.  He will make a presentation entitled “Applying Theory and Research to a Public Health Problem: The Success of Sex and STI/HIV Education in Reducing Adolescent Sexual Risk Behavior”.  All are invited to attend!  The event is free and lunch will be provided for the first 100 attendees.  Click on the above link for more information!


Special Event

Film Screening: Let’s Talk About Sex

September 25, 2012 3:00-4:30 PM in Austin, Texas 

The Healthy Youth Partnership will be screening ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ during this month’s monthly meeting. In the US children and adults are constantly bombarded with highly sexualized visual and print media, ads, and social cues. Despite the purveyance of sex in everyday life oftentimes the conversation regarding healthy sexual behavior is not shared with adolescents. This film is an eye-opening view of how American attitudes toward teen sexuality affect adolescents today. Click on the above link to register! 

In the News

If Your Teen is Sexting, They Are Probably Having Sex As Well, Study Says

Medical Daily, September 17, 2012

A new study by the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work in Los Angeles aimed to see the association between sexting and engaging in sexual activity among high school students. Sexting is using mobile phones to share sexually explicit messages or photographs.  Researchers found that those teens who reported sexting were seven times more likely to have sex in comparison with non-sexting students. Click on the above link to read more!

Latest Research

Tweeting about Testing: Do Low-Income, Parenting Adolescents and Young Adults Use New Media Technologies to Communicate About Sexual Health?

Divecha, Z., Divney, A., Ickovics, J., Kershaw, T. (2012) Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 44(3).

Though media use has become a constant in many adolescents’ lives recently, little research has been done to see if parenting adolescents and young adults use technology to share sexual health information. In a study of 94 low-income, parenting teens and young adults many were found to be mobile phone and internet users. Despite their use of new-media, less than one-third reported willing to share sexual health information through certain types of technology. There were also specific technology-use trends based on certain demographics. Click on the link to read more!

Tools You Can Use

New Guttmacher Institute Report Reviews State Confidentiality Laws

A new report, ‘Confidentiality for Individuals Insured as Dependents: A Review of State Laws and Policies,’ provides in-depth information on state-level legal requirements regarding confidentiality for patients with private insurance. It also has tips on how to protect confidential access to care and as well as how to address concerns by individuals seeking reproductive and sexual healthcare. Click on the link to learn more! 

Funding Opportunities

HIV/AIDS, Drug Use, and Vulnerable Populations in the US

Funding Source: National Institutes of Health 
Deadline: January 07, 2016


The National Institutes of Health is accepting applications to study the role that drug abuse has in HIV transmission among vulnerable populations (racial/ethnic minorities, youth, men who have sex with men (MSM)) as well as to develop effective interventions to prevent new infections and to improve the health of those living with HIV/AIDS.  Click the link to learn more!


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