• 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.

2012 Texas HIV-STD Conference Goals and Objectives

October 28-31, 2012
Austin, Texas


The purpose of the Texas HIV/STD Conference is to enhance the responsiveness of professionals and systems engaged in the prevention and treatment of HIV and STD in Texas.


HIV Prevention
HIV Treatment and Care
STD Prevention and Treatment
Epidemiology and Surveillance
Organizational and Leadership Development

HIV Prevention

The goal of the HIV Prevention focus is to enhance fundamental prevention skills; innovation in programming; and build advocacy for effective HIV prevention.

By the end of the conference participants in this focus area will be able to:

  1. Describe best practices for effectively focusing HIV prevention efforts on communities at risk;
  2. Describe best practices for developing, adapting, and implementing effective, evidence-based HIV prevention interventions;
  3. Describe methods for evaluating the effectiveness and impact of HIV prevention programs;
  4. Identify and explain how to address social and environmental influences on health behavior;
  5. Identify community partnerships outside the HIV field to support HIV prevention efforts;
  6. Identify innovative ways to engage communities around social issues to support HIV prevention.
  7. Identify ways to enhance advocacy for HIV prevention;
  8. Describe innovative strategies to fight HIV in Texas;
  9. Identify ways to strengthen linkage and adherence as a way to prevent transmission of HIV; and
  10. Describe the potential role of biomedical interventions (e.g., male circumcision, microbicides, PrEP).

HIV Treatment and Care

The goal of the HIV Treatment and Care focus is to strengthen core skills of providers; promote leading edge approaches to treatment and care; and build advocacy for sound polices.

By the end of the conference participants in this focus area will be able to:

  1. Develop optimal care and treatment strategies/programs for people living with HIV;
  2. Assess for and manage co-morbidities/co-occurring conditions in people living with HIV disease;
  3. Discuss treatment and care issues and current research findings for the management of specific patient populations living with HIV disease;
  4. Discuss the current understanding of best use of antiretroviral agents to prevent and control HIV disease;
  5. Discuss the interrelationships of treatment and prevention advocacy;
  6. Develop a common agenda for advocacy action for care and treatment and prevention;
  7. Implement strategies to ensure recruitment and retention in care and treatment for persons living with HIV;
  8. Implement strategies that support and ensure adherence to treatment for persons living with HIV; and
  9. Describe business strategies that optimize organizational capacity and stability.

STD Prevention and Treatment

The goal of the STD Prevention and Treatment focus is to reinvigorate interest and innovation in providing effective STD prevention and treatment.

By the end of the conference participants in this focus area will be able to:

  1. Describe best practices for diagnosis and treatment of STD;
  2. Describe best practices for conducting STD interventions;
  3. Describe epidemiologic trends of STD in Texas;
  4. Describe the etiology, pathogenesis, sequelae, and/or clinical manifestations of STD;
  5. Describe innovative strategies to combat STD in Texas;
  6. Describe best practices for STD program leadership and evaluation;
  7. Describe current STD testing recommendations;
  8. Describe best practices for partner services;
  9. Describe policies and/or clinical practices that expedite, enhance, or otherwise improve delivery of STD services; and
  10. Describe how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will impact the future of HIV/STD/HCV prevention in Texas.

Epidemiology and Surveillance

The goal of the Epidemiology and Surveillance focus is to promote and support the use of surveillance data to guide prevention and services planning and delivery in Texas.

By the end of the conference participants in this focus area will be able to:

  1. Describe current epidemiology of HIV and STDs in Texas;
  2. Describe surveillance systems used to capture HIV and STD related data;
  3. Describe the epidemiology of perinatal HIV transmission and congenital STDs in Texas;
  4. Describe the epidemiology of HIV and STDs among high-risk populations in Texas;
  5. Describe the epidemiology of HIV/STD co-morbidities;
  6. Develop awareness of current issues and best practices for surveillance of HIV/STD;
  7. Describe how HIV diagnosis and treatment changes and emerging information technologies affect surveillance needs and methods; and
  8. Describe current challenges in conducting HIV and STD surveillance in Texas.

Organizational and Leadership Development

The goal of the Organizational and Leadership Development focus is to fortify the skill base of leadership at all levels to improve organizational systems and ensure best service delivery practices.

By the end of the conference participants in this focus area will be able to:

  1. Describe three effective methods to cultivate leadership at all levels of an organization;
  2. Describe three strategies to improve management and development of staff;
  3. Describe the essential elements of managing funds, including budgets, grants, and audits;
  4. Describe three new strategies for expanding organizational sustainability through leveraging of funds;
  5. Describe three strategies to develop new and veteran staff;
  6. List three methods to strengthen organizational effectiveness (to include both flexibility and structure)
  7. Demonstrate three enhanced skills important for leaders in their routine work; and
  8. Construct three steps in their own career development plan to enhance job satisfaction and increase organizational effectiveness.

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2012 Texas HIV/STD Conference

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