• DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

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    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.

Materials Reviewed by Statewide Program Materials Review Panel (PMRP)

About The PMRP

In accordance with regulations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the Program Materials Review Panel (PMRP) evaluates new and revised written and audiovisual educational materials for use in DSHS HIV/STD prevention activities statewide. All PMRP panelists are community-based, non-DSHS employees. The PMRP is designed to represent a reasonable cross-section of the state's population. Since the panel reviews many materials for many different audiences, no one target population will predominate the composition of the panel. Local HIV/STD contractors funded by DSHS may adopt educational materials approved by the statewide PMRP without further review at the local level. However, local contractors may choose to review state-approved educational materials to determine appropriateness for the communities they serve.


Quick links to materials reviewed in:   2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010


PMRP Questions and Answers

What is a Program Materials Review Panel (PMRP)?

A Program Materials Review Panel (PMRP) is a CDC-mandated panel set up at the agency, local, regional, state, or federal level to review HIV/STD educational materials for accuracy, ease of understanding, and appropriateness for their intended audiences.

What has to be reviewed by a PMRP?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) require all HIV/STD educational materials (brochures, audiovisuals, pictorials, survey instruments, questionnaires, educational group sessions, and Web sites) to be used under a contractor’s DSHS project plan to be reviewed and approved by a local, regional, state, or federal Program Materials Review Panel (PMRP).

Who has to comply with PMRP requirements?

Any agency that receives HIV and/or STD prevention funding from CDC and/or DSHS must either convene or identify a PMRP to review educational materials. All agencies funded through CDC and/or DSHS sign an assurance of compliance to this effect.

What requirements must a PMRP panelist meet?

According to CDC guidelines, PMRP panelists must understand how HIV is and is not transmitted and must understand the epidemiology of the HIV/STD in the population served. PMRPs should also represent a reasonable cross-section of the population served.

How many people must be on a PMRP?

According to CDC, all PMRPs must contain at least five (5) persons that constitute a “reasonable cross-section” of the general population.

Do PMRPs need to have health department representation?

Yes. All PMRPs must have a state or local health department representative serving on the panel. This would ideally be a health department employee, but a health department may designate another person with subject matter expertise if a department employee is not available.

Can PMRPs consist of only agency employees?

No. While agency employees may serve on a PMRP, the panel must also include non-agency employees.

What should PMRPs look for when reviewing materials?

The review process is designed to ensure that educational materials are accurate, well-designed, easy to understand and culturally appropriate for the audience being targeted. Materials should also explain methods for reducing risk of HIV/STD infection.

Are panelists required to act as censors?

Although all HIV/STD educational materials must encourage healthy behaviors and may not promote or encourage sexual activity and substance abuse, this clause may not be construed to restrict information about reducing risk to HIV or STD infection so long as materials are not obscene.1 The PMRP process in Texas is designed to improve educational materials, not censor them.

Do materials already reviewed and approved for use at the state or federal level need to be reviewed by the local PMRPs?

No. Materials that have been reviewed at the federal level by CDC or at the statewide level by the DSHS PMRP do not need to be re-reviewed. However, a local or regional PMRP can choose to “re-review” materials for appropriateness if deemed necessary by the panel. Please note that this does not apply to materials being used in evidence-based interventions (EBIs).

Can PMRPs sub-group review materials by mail, fax, and/or email?

Yes. Between meetings, the panel can review materials by mail, fax, conference call and/or email when possible.

What PMRP documentation must be on file with DSHS?

  • CDC “Assurance of Compliance” form listing all PMRP panelists with affiliation and contact information.
  • Electronic or print copies of all materials reviewed by PMRP (URL links to online materials are also acceptable).
  • Record of materials reviewed by PMRP, including record of all panelist votes and approval/disapproval outcome.

Who at DSHS should I submit the above documentation to?

PMRP documentation should be submitted electronically to Greg Beets, TB/HIV/STD Section, at greg.beets@dshs.texas.gov. Electronic submission is strongly preferred. If an electronic version is not available, print materials can be mailed to Greg Beets, TB/HIV/STD Section, Texas Department of State Health Services, P.O. Box 149347, MC 7909 Austin, Texas 78714-9347.

Who should I contact with PMRP-related questions?

PMRP questions should be directed to Greg Beets at (512) 206-5546 or greg.beets@dshs.texas.gov.

Helpful PMRP-related links:

Content of AIDS-related written materials, pictorials, audiovisuals, questionnaires, survey instruments, and educational sessions in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assistance programs (interim revisions – June 1992) [Effective Interventions]

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1 “Obscene” as defined by the “contemporary community standards” provision outlined in the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case Miller vs. California. For more information on selected Supreme Court obscenity cases, go to: www.findlaw.com/01topics/06constitutional/cases.html [FindLaw].


Quick links to materials reviewed in:   2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010


 

Materials Reviewed 2013

Materials Reviewed - 2013

Title: Ask for the Test
Format: Pamphlet
Producer: D.C. Department of Health
Subject: Routine HIV testing in medical settings
Audience: Patients in medical settings
PMRP Vote: RECOMMENDED (5 approved-2 abstained)
 
Title: MSM Syphilis Awareness Posters
Format: 3 Posters
Producer: Maine Department of Health
Subject: Syphilis
Audience: Men who have sex with men
PMRP Vote: RECOMMENDED (4 approved-3 abstained)

 

 

Materials Reviewed 2012

Materials Reviewed - 2012

Title: 5 Ways You Can Be Greater Than AIDS
Format: Poster
Producer: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Subject: HIV/AIDS prevention
Audience: General
PMRP Vote: RECOMMENDED (4 approved-3 abstained)

 

 

Materials Reviewed 2011

Materials Reviewed - 2011

Title: How to Use a Condom (5/11 revision)
Format: Pocket Guide
Producer: Texas Department of State Health Services
Subject: Condoms, sexual risk reduction, HIV/AIDS, STDs
Audience: Sexually Active Persons
PMRP Vote: RECOMMENDED (5-1)
 
Title: How to Use a Condom – Spanish (5/11 revision)
Format: Pocket Guide
Producer: Texas Department of State Health Services
Subject: Condoms, sexual risk reduction, HIV/AIDS, STDs
Audience: Spanish-speaking sexually active persons
PMRP Vote: RECOMMENDED (5-0)
 
Title: Knowmystatus.org (DSHS HIV/STD consumer website)
Format: Website
Producer: Texas Department of State Health Services
Subject: HIV/STD prevention, testing, symptoms, referral information
Audience: Persons seeking HIV/STD information in Texas
PMRP Vote: RECOMMENDED (6-0)
 
Title: Knowmystatus.org (DSHS HIV/STD consumer website – Spanish version)
Format: Website
Producer: Texas Department of State Health Services
Subject: HIV/STD prevention, testing, symptoms, referral information
Audience: Spanish-speaking persons seeking HIV/STD information in Texas
PMRP Vote: RECOMMENDED (5-0)
 
Title: “Stomp Out Syphilis” 60-second Spanish language radio spot
Format: Radio spot
Producer: Texas Department of State Health Services
Subject: Syphilis symptoms, treatment and prevention
Audience: Spanish-speaking persons at risk for syphilis in Texas Department of State Health Services
PMRP Vote: RECOMMENDED (4 approved-1 abstained)

 

 

Materials Reviewed 2010

Materials Reviewed - 2010

Title: The Hard Way
Format: Video
Producer: Select Media
Subject: HIV/STD Prevention, Safer Sex, Relationships
Audience: Teens
PMRP Vote: RECOMMENDED (6-1)
 
Title: Nicole's Choice
Format: Video
Producer: Select Media
Subject: STD Prevention, Safer Sex, Relationships
Audience: Teens
PMRP Vote: RECOMMENDED (8-0)
 
Title: All Falls Down
Format: Video
Producer: Scenarios USA
Subject: HIV/STD Prevention, Teens, Relationships
Audience: Teens
PMRP Vote: RECOMMENDED (7-1)

 


Last updated December 13, 2017