The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

October 9, 2012

Special Event

Let’s Talk: Parents Meeting

October 23, 2012 5:30PM-7:30PM
Aldine Branch Library, 11331 Airline Drive, Houston, TX 77037

In honor of October being national “Let’s Talk Month,” the UTPRC will be hosting a parents meeting at the Aldine Branch Library. Come learn how you can improve your communication skills with your teen related to relationships, healthy sexual behaviors, and online safety. Food and drinks will be provided. Spanish speaking instructors will also be present. Click on the link to see the flyer!

Special Event

LHI Health Fair For Uninsured or Under-insured LGBT-identified Women and Transgendered Men

Nov. 3, 9:00-3:00 PM, Legacy Community Health Services
1415 California St. Houston, TX
To Register: call 713-426-3356 or email

The Lesbian Health Initiative (LHI) of Houston, Inc will be hosting their biannual Health Fair in the Montrose-Houston area for uninsured or under insured Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered (LGBT) -identified women and transgendered men. Specialized testing such as pap, blood, & mammogram tests will be offered in limited numbers so registration is necessary. Participants will also be able to visit booths for health services and information from area health and wellness organizations. Click on the link above for more information!

In the News

Syphilis Outbreak in Houston, Harris County

Houston Chronicle, September 26, 2012

Houston Department for Health and Human Services has reported that the number of syphilis cases from the first eight months of 2012 nearly double the number of cases reported in the same time period last year. Officials attribute the increase to the natural trend of infectious disease transmission but also to the city’s increased testing efforts. The new cases have been found in primarily urban parts of the city and among the gay and bisexual male population. Click on the link to read more!

Latest Research

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Drops to Lowest Level Since 1940’s, 2011 Birth Rate Report

Hamilton, B.E., Martin, J.A., Ventura, S.J. (2012). Births: Preliminary Data for 2011. National Vital Statistics Reports, 61(5).

The newest report from the National Center for Health Statistics reports record breaking trends for births in the US based on age, race, and Hispanic origin of mother. The birth rate for teenagers 15-19 years is 31.3 births per 1,000 teenagers, a decrease of eight percent in comparison to 2010 data. There are also lower birth rates for younger and older teenagers and for all race and Hispanic origin groups. Click on the link to read more!

Tools You Can Use

With One Voice: 2012

The newest edition of With One Voice has been released by the National Campaign to Prevent Teenage Unplanned Pregnancy. In the report, a national sample of teenagers and adults were interviewed about parent-child communication, sexual health education expectations, sexual health behaviors, and contraceptive methods. The report is filled with colorful, informative graphics and quotes that could be incorporated in other teenage pregnancy presentations or reports.  Click on the link to learn more!

Funding Opportunities

HIV Early Intervention Services Program Existing Geographic Service Areas (EISEGA)

Funding Source: Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part C EIS
Deadline: October 22, 2012

This Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part C Early Intervention Services (EIS) Program’s goal is to give HIV primary care in an outpatient setting. This proposal would require applicants to provide care in a continuum format: 1) provide targeted HIV testing, counseling, and referral, 2) medical evaluation and clinical care, 3) other primary care services, 4) referral to other services. However, entry into the Part C EIS program can take place during any point of the disease progression or the patient’s lifespan. Click on the link to learn more!

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