The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

December 18, 2012

Special Event

AIDS Walk Houston 2013

March 10, Houston, Texas

The AIDS Foundation of Houston is now taking registrants and donations for their annual AIDS Walk-5K in downtown Houston, Texas. Proceeds from the race and fundraising will go towards this organization as well as similar businesses and agencies. The AIDS Foundation has been providing services such as case management, housing, benefits and resources counseling for low-income HIV+ women, men, and children since 1982. It is also the first organization in Texas that was dedicated to HIV prevention and education services.  Click on the link to learn more!


In the News

30 Days Of Holiday LGBT Giving: The Montrose Center

Huffington Post, December 17, 2012

In celebration of the holiday season, the Huffington Post is celebrating 30 different organizations that cater to and provides for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) community members. This week’s organization is the Montrose Center, formerly known as the Montrose Counseling Center. This organization provides many services including: various support groups, crisis intervention, HIV/AIDS counseling, health and wellness activities, and programs for youth and senior citizens. This center will also provide a new free lunch program for older LGBT adults. Click on the link to learn more!


Latest Research

Examining the Effect of Maternal Sexual Communication and Adolescents’ Perceptions of Maternal Disapproval on Adolescent Risky Sexual Involvement

Khurana, A., Cooksey, E.C. (2012). Journal of Adolescent Health. 51(6), 557-565

In this analysis of National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health data, researchers found that the frequency of maternal sexual communication had a significant effect on the teen’s lifetime number of sexual partners; however, this effect was moderated by the youth’s perception of the mother’s disapproval of contraceptive use. Results showed that if teens did not perceive outspoken maternal disapproval of sexual activity but still maintained conversations about sexuality with their mother, then they would be more likely to have multiple sexual partners. Researchers believe this occurs because teens need explicit evidence of maternal disapproval or they will be confused by the mixed messages. The authors suggest that parents engage in frequent and thorough conversations about family values and feelings regarding adolescent sexual activity.


Tools You Can Use

CDCCDC: 2011 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance Report

The 2011 Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance publication for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States is now available for download. This annual report provides infection rates, distribution maps and other information on STDs such as syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. It also has special focus profiles on groups of interest such as young adults, men who have sex with men, and racial/ethnic minorities. This report is a thorough reference guide for health planners, researchers,policy makers  and other community members who work on sexual health promotion.


 Funding Opportunities

Telehealth Network Grant Program

Funding Source: Health Resources & Services Administration
Deadline: February 13, 2013

This funding announcement is for the Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP) of the Health Resources & Services Administration. Applicants will need to demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to quality health care services in frontier, rural, and under-served communities. TNGP networks are used to: (a) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of health care services; (b) improve and expand the training of health care providers; and/or (c) expand and improve the quality of health information available to health care providers, and patients and their families, for decision-making.  Click on the link to learn more!

In Case You Missed It

A new report by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy highlights the link between teen pregnancy and high school dropout. The report also highlights the work of the UTPRC in addressing teen pregnancy and dropout prevention in Harris County.

Four leading health organizations released the first-ever national standards for sexuality education in schools.  The standards provide clear consistent, and straightforward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in grades kindergarten through grade 12.

Researchers at the UTPRC conducted several studies examining trends and factors related to teen pregnancy in Texas.  The studies were published in a special issue in the  Journal of Applied Research on Children.

Visit the Teen Scene Investigators'(TSI) Facebook page to learn about the latest activities of the TSI!


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