The National Infertility Prevention Project is a multi-faceted, multi-state project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with funds obtained from the U.S. Congress. The project's overall mission is to implement effective prevention strategies to reduce the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis (chlamydia) and its potentially destructive complications. Untreated chlamydia infections in women can result in sterility, ectopic pregnancy, poor pregnancy outcomes, neonatal infection and chronic pelvic pain.
The Texas Infertility Prevention Project (TIPP) is a DSHS partnership of the HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch, the Community Health Services Section's family planning component, and the Laboratory Sciences Section. These DSHS programs partner with sentinel provider sites across the state to carry out the goals of the project. TIPP activities include identifying, screening and treating women at high risk for chlamydia (and gonorrhea) infection, counseling infected and at-risk women on risk reduction safer sex practices, treating and counseling partners of infected women, and referring women for other medical services as appropriate. In order for the screening sites to perform these services, TIPP provides the sites with screening supplies, laboratory services, medications for treatment, training, information, and other resources to enhance patient services. In exchange for these resources, the sentinel sites follow TIPP chlamydia screening and treatment guidelines, and submit demographic and behavioral data that is used for project planning locally and nationally.
The TIPP screening sites include selected family planning clinics, maternity clinics, STD clinics and correctional facilities. Some of these sites have been collecting chlamydia data for the project since 1996. Over the years, the number and variety of sites have increased. The highest chlamydia positivity rates both in Texas and nationally are generally found among STD clinics clients, followed by correctional facilities. Positivity rates vary across the state depending upon the geographic region and the type of service provider. Mirroring the national data trends, the highest chlamydia positivity rates are found among young women under the age of twenty.
For more information on Chlamydia and the Project:
Overview of “Chlamydia In The United States” [CDC]
Data on Chlamydia: “Chlamydia Prevalence Monitoring Project” (PDF) [CDC]
The Chlamydia Fact Sheet from DSHS.
The HIV/STD Program Annual Report including Chlamydia and other HIV/STD statistics across Texas.
For questions about the Texas Infertility Prevention Project please contact the HIV/STD TIPP.