Change Happens HIV Prevention Program uses high impact prevention strategies to eradicate new HIV cases, locate HIV positive individuals unaware of their HIV status, and link HIV positive individuals out of care to HIV medical care in the greater Houston Area.




Since 1989, Change Happens, formerly known as Families Under Urban and Social Attack, has been an agent of change in the Houston area.  Originally founded as an outpatient alcohol and drug prevention and treatment program, Change Happens has expanded from one program to an agency with over eighteen programs that empower people and families to help themselves.  Focusing on many of the issues that affect people, Change Happens offers educational classes, counseling, community training and networking, and HIV counseling testing and referral services.


Over the last twenty years, Change Happens HIV prevention efforts have empowered many communities in the Houston area in education about the HIV virus and in ways to prevent acquiring the virus, especially through unhealthy sex and substance abuse practices.  Change Happens has collaborated with many different agencies and entities to bring change to many communities and networks in Harris County and through these efforts they have helped to stabilize the rate of new infections.

Project F.O.R.C.E.

(Focusing on Reducing Crisis through Education) 

The goal of these HIV prevention and intervention services is to increase opportunities for active substance abusers and their partners at risk for communicable diseases to make positive behavioral changes that reduce or eliminate the potential for infection and to link those individuals testing HIV-positive to ongoing medical care.


Change Partnership

(Changing HIV/AIDS Act Now Get Empowered)

Change Happens and Avenue 360 (HACS) have established a HIV Prevention Partnership to better coordinate and to facilitate the provision of a comprehensive high-impact HIV prevention program, provide a continuum of HIV care and prevention services, and to maximize the reach of the program into the community. 

Keyboard and Mouse

Project F.O.R.C.E.

Services offered:


  • Community Outreach Services

  • Free HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral Services

  • Free Hep C Counseling, Testing and Referral Services

  • Couples Counseling, Testing and Referral Services

  • Linkage to Care/Navigation Services

  • PrEP Referrals

  • Free Condom Distribution Daily

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Change Partnership

Services offered:


  • Community Promotion and Outreach Services

  • Free HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral Services

  • Free Hep C Counseling, Testing and Referral Services

  • Free Syphilis Counseling, Testing, and Referral Services

  • VOICES/VOCES HIP Behavioral Intervention.

  • Couples Counseling, Testing and Referral Services

  • Linkage to Care/Navigation and Essential Services

  • PrEP Education/Referrals

  • Free Condom Distribution Daily

  • Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS)

Interested in becoming a Condom Distribution Site?

Click the link below for more information

Red Wall & Stairs

Harm Reduction Tools

    How to Shoot Safe!


 (Harm reduction tips)

·Before using bleach, wash out the needle and syringe by filling them completely with clean water.

·Shake vigorously for 1 minute.

·Shoot the water into the sink or onto the ground. Do not shoot the water back into your clean water supply.

·Use full-strength liquid household bleach to disinfect the needle and syringe, by completely filling the needle and syringe with bleach.  Shake for at least for one minute.

·Shaking the syringe and tapping its sides during each step should help in the cleaning and disinfecting.

·Taking the syringe apart by removing the plunger may also improve the cleaning/disinfection of parts that might be hard to reach.

Medical Tips

·Seek help when sores are not healing

·Seek help when coughing blood.

·Go to the clinic when wanting to get clean.

·Combining more than one drug can increase your risk for overdose or death.

click the link below to view the video on how to clean needeles. 

 How to Smoke Safe!


 (Safer smoking tips)

·Using a glass or metal stem with a mouthpiece.

·Wipe mouthpiece with alcohol to prevent getting sick or infections.

·Use clean choy or copper wire. Pipe screens are best.

·If using a plastic bottle or pipe, remember to change the foil.

·Let pipe cool down before taking next hit, to prevent cuts and burns.

·Use straight glass shooters, it will not cause burns as quickly.

·Wrap end of straight shooter with thick rubber or plastic so you’re less likely to hurt lips.

·Clean crack shooters often & carefully.

·File edges of broken glass shooters until it is smooth.

·Touch flame to shooter quickly instead of leaving it there, move fire along shooter to spread out heat.

click the link below to view the video on safer smoking tips

Click the image below for the HIV Beta Risk Reduction Tool


Change Happens Lab Information


Change Happens! provides free HIV, Hep C, and Syphilis  Testing at our lab by appointment only, and all appointments must be made 48 hours in advance. To schedule an appointment please conplete form below or call us at



The Lab is located at:

3402 Emancipation Ave., Suite 108, Houston, TX 77004.





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