• DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

    E-mail the HIV/STD Program

    E-mail data requests to HIV/STD Program - This email can be used to request data and statistics on HIV, TB, and STDs in Texas. It cannot be used to get treatment or infection history for individuals, or to request information on programs and services. Please do not include any personal, identifying health information in your email such as HIV status, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, etc.

    For treatment/testing history, please contact your local Health Department.

    For information on HIV testing and services available to Persons Living with HIV and AIDS, please contact your local HIV services organization.

16th Texas HIV-STD Conference Proceedings, Sunday, May 18, 2008


Sunday, May 18, 2008

Bringing You Up to Speed: A Primer for HIV/STD Health Professionals in Texas

Robert Aguirre
Alma Armendarez
Susan Aulds
Janina Daves
Ann Dills
Doug Jumper
Marianne Killgo
Tammy Sajak, M.P.H.
Tony Schmitt
W. John Waara
Katy Walter
Katherine Wells, M.P.H.

Sunday, May 18, 2008
1:00 to 6:00 pm

Workshop Overview:

Whether you are just beginning as an HIV/STD health professional or are a seasoned veteran, this workshop will provide you with a greater understanding of the tools and resources needed to serve your clients. Overviews of HIV and STD prevention and care in the State of Texas will be provided, as well as basic information on HIV/STD funding and surveillance.

Implementing Cultural Competency Initiatives in HIV Programs

Larry Cuellar
Kimberly McCoy-Daniels

Sunday, May 18, 2008
1:00 to 5:00 pm

Workshop Overview:

As the state of Texas becomes increasingly diverse, it is imperative that HIV and STD service providers develop the skills needed to adapt to the demographic changes, especially since current statistics indicate that historically disenfranchised groups (i.e. African Americans, Gay Men, Hispanics, etc.) continue to be overrepresented in HIV and STD infection rates. The Institute of Medicine's (IOM) groundbreaking 2003 study, Unequal Treatment, indicates that health care workers can unconsciously provide biased and discriminatory care without even knowing. The IOM recommends that all current and future healthcare providers participate in cross-cultural education and initiatives, which can enhance health professionals' awareness of how cultural and social factors influence healthcare.

This presentation reinforces the demographic changes and IOM findings and gives participants the tools and information needed to implement a cultural competency initiative in their clinic, agency or program. The participants will review the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards; discuss the process and components for implementing a successful cultural competency initiative and review different needs assessment instruments. The presentation also uses two short videos to introduce two components in a cultural competency initiative: history of race classifications and social privilege. There will also be time for dialogue and discussion, as well as self and organizational exercises for identifying culturally competency needs.

Sexuality, Pornography and the Internet: The Effects on Heterosexual Relationships and Risk Reduction

Mary Banski VanWisse, Ph.D.
Robert Jensen, Ph.D.
Mary Chapman McIntosh, M.Ed.

Sunday, May 18, 2008
1:00 to 5:00 pm

Workshop Overview:

This workshop discusses the effects of heterosexual pornography on sexuality, intimacy, communication and the ability to productively engage in risk reduction. Research indicates that there is a need for a more explicit focus on sexuality and relationships from a sex positive perspective in HIV prevention. To address that need, we will begin with an overview of sexuality using the Sexual Health Model. We will then move to a feminist critique of heterosexual pornography which will allow us to explore conceptions of masculinity and femininity and their effect on relationships, intimacy and sexual behavior. Increased awareness of the effects of pornography on sexual risk behaviors can lead to a new perspective on HIV prevention that results in greater risk reduction among our clients.

STD 101 and Partner Services

Tammy Foskey
Marianne Killgo
Alma Armendarez

Sunday, May 18, 2008
1:00 to 5:00 pm

Workshop Overview:

This workshop is for persons who interact with a patient population at risk for STDs. The workshop will heighten awareness of the STD problem, improve communication skills related to STD and discuss the relationship between HIV and STD. Information on syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV) and HIV will be provided. Transmission, course of infection, common signs/symptoms, relationship to HIV, treatment and prevention will be covered for each STD. The workshop will also describe the importance of partner services. Partner services is an essential public health function that assists persons and their partners infected with (or at risk for) HIV/STD to ensure access to testing, treatment and related services.

Texas Part A, B, C & D Quality Management Collaborative

Kathleen Clanon, M.D.
Susan Traynor, C.A.R.N., B.S.N., R.N.
Meera Vohra, M.P.H.

Sunday, May 18, 2008
1:00 to 5:00 pm

Workshop Overview:

Though the exact HRSA quality management requirements differ slightly across Parts, the overall expectations remain the same. When grantees across Parts work in partnership for quality improvement, they have the potential to strengthen their individual programs and speed the pace of improvement by working collectively towards common priorities to improve the overall quality of HIV care for clients in Texas. Numerous opportunities exist to better align quality management efforts to meet the needs of clients and reduce administrative burden on grantees. The session is targeted to quality management staff. We will start out with an overview of quality management concepts and will work to facilitate the development of a Texas statewide quality management collaborative across Ryan White Parts A, B, C and D.

Moving Forward: a History of HIV Treatments (Part I)

Defending the Castle: Making HIV Treatments Work for You, Your Client or Your Loved One, and Understanding New Treatment Classes (Part II)

Stephen Fallon, Ph.D.

Sunday, May 18, 2008
2:00 to 5:00 pm

Workshop Overview:

Let's all admit this together: the staggering array of HIV treatment classes can confuse providers and PLWH alike. If you, your loved one, or your client is living with HIV, what do you need to know to make the best use of the many treatment options available? This fun, accessible, yet clinically current session for novice and professional alike will make clear the purpose of each medication class, from nukes to non-nukes to boosted PIs to the new classes of integrase inhibitors and CCR5 antagonists.

The session will make HIV's hidden attacks "visible" by comparing them to the steps an enemy would take to attack a castle. A series of illustrations will show exactly at which points the medications try to push the attacker back. Though the session will use analogies that anyone can understand, it will also use these illustrations to describe accurately the evolution of HIV treatment strategies. You'll see why monotherapy seemed wise at the time, and why combination therapy and even early HAART brought less benefits than expected. You'll also see specific studies that document how much current HAART regimens have added to life expectancy, and the reasons physicians must keep a more careful eye out for treatment toxicities. Most importantly, you'll gain the skills needed to increase the chances that your HIV regimen (or your partner's, or client's) will keep on working.

This special Sunday afternoon session is designed to answer questions, reinforce healthy habits, and bring hope all who attend.

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