Parents are the single biggest influence in the life of a young person. In fact, the vast majority of teens say they enjoy spending time with their parents. Resources on our site can help make the difficult conversations easier, and provide tools to strengthen the relationship between parents and their kids.

Kids in Cleveland. Can You Guess What They Might Be Up To?

IIf your kids are looking for something to do, they might be tempted to engage in risky sexual behavior.

In 2012, new HIV cases in Cuyahoga County reached their highest level in six years. Eleven local teens diagnosed with HIV last year were black males between the ages of 16 and 19. Nationwide, one out of every four new HIV infections occur in people 13 to 24 years old. And that's just the beginning.

Take a look at these numbers*:

  • in 11 Cleveland teens (15-19 years of age) had Chlamydia infection in 2011
  • More than 70% of Chlamydia and gonorrhea infections reported in Cleveland in 2011 were in individuals 25 years and younger
  • Chlamydia prevalence among black female teens in Cleveland is as high as 13% and has not improved in the past 10 years
  • African Americans experienced 77% of gonorrhea infection in Cleveland in 2011
  • 42% of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in Cleveland were in individuals 13-29 years old in 2011

Let's Do Something About This

Have You Heard About ID Alliance? The Infectious Diseases (ID) Alliance at Case Western Reserve University provides education to schools and youth groups about infection prevention. It serves as a link between community health leaders, campus partners and advocacy groups.

ID Alliance educates teens so they can talk about how to prevent infectious diseases. Through peer education, teens talk to teens in a safe, confidential environment. High school peer educators are trained by Case Western Reserve University researchers to spread the word about HIV and STD prevention.

Information about our teen programming recently appeared in the Plain Dealer, Huffington Post and other online websites. So learn about us. And get your teen tested.

Want to Get Involved?

Tell your teen about Teen Nights, a safe place where kids can get tested and get valuable infection prevention tools, like the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Ask them to visit the J. Glen Smith Health Center on St. Clair next to Glenville High School. We have a teen clinic that is held on Tuesday nights from 4-8 p.m., and ID Alliance Peer Educators will be there.

They'll learn how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs); how to treat them; and what they need to know about consequences of the disease. We also offer a comfortable place to get tested and ask questions with welcoming staff and music that they like. So ask them to stop by and visit with us.

ID Alliance helps create healthy communities. If you want to learn more, stay connected to us through Facebook and Twitter.

* Sources

Bruckman D. 2012 HIV/AIDS Epidemiologic Profile for Cuyahoga County and Cleveland. [Internet]. Cleveland (OH): Cleveland Department of Public Health, Office of Biostatistics; September 13, 2012. LINK:

Cleveland Department of Public Health Office of Biostatistics. 2011 STD Surveillance Report: Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Released June 29, 2012. LINK:

Ohio Department of Education. (2013). Glenville High School 2010–11 school year report card. LINK:

Additional research on Chlamydia and gonorrhea may be found by reviewing the 2011 Public Health Surveillance Report for Cuyahoga County and Cleveland, which was released on June 29, 2012. LINK: