• 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.

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Message to Stakeholders

Update on Texas HIV Medication Program Faxes (July 26)

Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) faxes should be sent to:

Eligibility- (512) 533-3178
Medication Orders- (512) 533-3171

THMP no longer has access to (512) 533-3077 or (512) 533-3079. Please do not send faxes to either of these numbers.

THMP is now sending and receiving faxes hourly, instead of throughout the day. Consequently, staff is not able to quickly check on the status of faxes sent. Therefore, please do not call the program to check if a fax has been sent or received for at least two hours after it is expected. 
 

Texas HIV Medication Program Recertification Due Dates (July 26)

THMP was relocated the week of July 23 resulting in delays in processing medication orders. Clients applying for recertification will not be dropped from the program if delays are caused by the program move. Applications must be received on or before the due date (PDF : 17 kB) for these delays to be attributed to the program move.

Notice from the Texas Department of State Health Services (July 24)

On Friday, July 20 employees of the TB/HIV/STD Section located in building 636 on the Austin State Hospital (ASH) campus vacated that building. This action was taken in an abundance of caution due to active mold growth in the building. Staff who have moved to other office locations include:

  • HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch (including the Texas HIV Medication Program)
  • TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch
  • TB and Hansen’s Disease Branch

TB, HIV, and STD program operations are continuing, although there are some business interruptions that are actively being resolved. 

Information on communicating with relocated staff is below.

Telephone

The main telephone number for the Section (512-533-3000) is still in operation. Other staff telephone numbers will also stay the same and are being rerouted to the new locations. The toll-free Texas HIV Medication Program number (1-800-255-1090) will stay the same. There will likely be some delay in individual staff members returning voicemails left on their direct lines while phone lines are rerouted.

Email

ASH 636 staff email addresses will remain the same. There may be some delays in staff returning emails as staff move into their new spaces.

Questions for the HIV/STD Program may continue to be emailed to hivstd@dshs.texas.gov.

Questions for the TB program may continue to be emailed to tb.feedback@dshs.texas.gov.

TB, HIV, or STD data requests may continue to be emailed to TBHIVSTDdata@dshs.texas.gov.

HIV prevention data requests may continue to be emailed to HIVTesting_DataRq@dshs.texas.gov

Technical assistance requests for ARIES (AIDS Regional Information and Evaluation System) may continue to be emailed to ARIESHelp@dshs.texas.gov.   

Fax

Some fax numbers may change and we will provide updates when available. There will be some delays in responses to faxes. 

We apologize for any delays this rapid relocation of staff may cause. We are committed to continuing our programming for prevention, care, and treatment of TB, HIV, and STD. Additional information will be provided to stakeholders as it becomes available. We appreciate your patience as we work toward normalizing operations.

Web Site 

Watch these web sites for updates:
HIV/STD – www.dshs.texas.gov/hivstd/ 
Tuberculosis – www.dshs.texas.gov/idcu/disease/tb/

Post date Tuesday, July 24, 2018


National HIV Testing Day in Texas – 2018

The following is a list of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) events taking place around Texas. DSHS wishes to thank all of the organizations that sent event information to the Texas HIV/STD Insider. Please note that this list is presented for informational purposes only; DSHS does not necessarily sponsor or endorse any of the events and/or activities listed.

This annual awareness event encourages persons at risk for HIV infection to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing. You can find resources for your NHTD event on the HIV.gov NHTD page.

 

AUSTIN

AIDS Services of Austin will be hosting a “Help Us Get to 100 Tests” event at Q Austin, 2906 Medical Arts Street in Austin on June 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event will feature free rapid HIV/syphilis/HCV testing, games, prizes, gift basket raffles, information, music, carne asada tacos, non-alcoholic drinks, and fun. To learn more, contact Velda Clinton at 512-420-8557.

AIDS Services of Austin in collaboration with Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS will offer free rapid HIV/syphilis/HCV testing at the Walgreens, 1920 Riverside Drive in Austin on June 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event will also have games, prizes, a gift basket raffle, and information. To learn more, contact Stephanie Guerra.

 

DALLAS

Dallas County Health and Human Services and the Afiya Center will host the annual “Get Tested. Grab A Bite.” event on June 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 4353 South Hampton Drive in Dallas. The event will have free HIV testing, educational talks, and a free meal for those that get tested. To learn more, contact Shirley D. Jefferson.

Resource Center will offer free HIV/syphilis testing at the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic, 4012 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas on June 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To learn more, contact JP Cano.

UT Southwestern Project Impact in partnership with Greater Than AIDS is offering free HIV testing on June 27 at two locations:

  • Walgreens, 8310 Abrams Road in Dallas
    From 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Walgreens, 2060 South Buckner Boulevard in Dallas
    From 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

To learn more, contact Edgar Gonzalez.

 

HOUSTON

Harris County Public Health, HIV Prevention Program in collaboration with Walgreens will offer free HIV counseling and testing at the Walgreens, 6768 Highway 6 in Houston, on June 27 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. To learn more, contact Franaldo Curl.

 

ODESSA

Basin Assistance Services will offer free HIV testing at 1330 East 8th Street, Suite 315 in Odessa on June 27 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. To learn more, contact Revequa Levario or Delfina Ponce.

 

PORT ARTHUR

Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas will partner with Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS to provide free rapid HIV testing at Walgreens, 3700 FM 365 in Port Arthur on June 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. To learn more, contact Cordella Lyon.

Post date Monday, June 25, 2018


Recommendations Regarding the Use of Dolutegravir in Adults and Adolescents with HIV who are Pregnant or of Child-Bearing Potential

An NIH-funded observational surveillance study of birth outcomes among pregnant women on antiretroviral therapy in Botswana identified neural tube defects in four infants born to 426 women who initiated a dolutegravir (DTG)-based regimen prior to pregnancy, and who were still receiving it at the time of conception. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Antiretroviral Guidelines Panels are issuing recommendations to elaborate on their previous statement of May 18, 2018 and to support the related Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Drug Safety Communication.

To learn more, visit AIDSinfo.gov.

Post date Monday, June 25, 2018


Proposed Rules for Medication Coverage for the Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP)

The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Executive Council will be receiving public input on proposed rules related to Medication Coverage for the Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP). The THMP proposes an amendment to Texas Administrative Code §98.103(b). The purpose of the amendment is to increase a “30-day supply” of medication to a “90-day supply” of medication. The amendment would allow DSHS the flexibility to approve dispensing of up to a 90-day supply of medication(s) upon prescription by a treating physician. The option of a 90-day refill would be beneficial to clients and pharmacies as well as more efficient to the THMP.

Meeting details are below:

Health and Human Services Commission Executive Council
May 31st, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
Health and Human Services Commission
Brown-Heatly Building, Public Hearing Room
4900 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78751

Webcasting is available. Public comment will be taken on the proposed rules.

Post date Thursday, May 31, 2018


CDC Program “Cut for Life: Hairstylists and Barbers Against AIDS”

CDC partners with businesses to support various HIV awareness programs through the Business Responds to AIDS (BRTA) Program. One unique BRTA initiative is “Cut for Life: Hairstylists and Barbers Against AIDS.” Cut for Life engages hair care professionals across the country in HIV awareness and prevention in communities most impacted by HIV. This CDC partner program provides resources and information to allow hairstylists and barbers to lead the conversation around HIV.

To learn more, visit the CDC Cut for Life website.

Post date Thursday, May 31, 2018


2018 Texas HIV/STD Conference Abstract Deadline Approaching

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the 2018 Texas HIV/STD Conference is only a few weeks away, on May 31, 2018. Please visit the conference website to download the abstracts. Contact Dan Warr with questions.

Post date Monday, May 21, 2018


What is Your Agency Doing for National HIV Testing Day 2018?

Wednesday, June 27 marks annual observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), and we want to know what your plans are. The 2018 theme is "Doing It My Way, Testing for HIV." Please email a brief description of your planned event to Dan Warr no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 14. Be sure to include the following information:

  • Agency name
  • Brief event description
  • Date(s) and time(s)
  • Location
  • Agency contact person and contact information

The Texas HIV/STD Insider is compiling a list of NHTD events taking place around the state for publication prior to June 27. Be advised that information about these events may be shared with media outlets who contact DSHS to inquire about local NHTD activities taking place in Texas.

This annual awareness event encourages persons at risk for HIV infection to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing. You can find resources for your NHTD event on the HIV.gov NHTD page.

NOTE: This call is limited to special NHTD-related events only. Do not submit descriptions of regularly scheduled activities.

Post date Monday, May 21, 2018


STD Data Now Available on the DSHS Texas Health Data Page

Select chlamydia and gonorrhea data is now available on the interactive Texas Health Data webpage. Cases and rates by race/ethnicity, sex, age group, and county are available for 2007-2016. All categories can be sorted and filtered to find the data you need. Syphilis data will be added in the future.

Visit the Texas Health Data STD data pages or the previously posted people living with HIV and new HIV infections data pages.

Post date Monday, May 21, 2018


Truvada Now FDA Approved for Reducing the Risk of Acquiring HIV in Adolescents

On May 15, the FDA announced that Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine) is approved for use in adolescents at increased risk for acquiring HIV.

Truvada is a once-daily pill used for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), in which healthy people at risk for HIV infection take one or more anti-HIV drugs and adopt other prevention strategies to reduce their risk. Truvada has been approved for use in PrEP in the U.S. since 2012, but only for persons 18 and older. Individuals must weigh at least 35 kg (77 pounds) and have a negative HIV test immediately prior to initiating Truvada for PrEP.

To learn more, view the item of interest on the National Institutes of Health website.

Post date Monday, May 21, 2018


New Draft HIV Service Category Standards - Oral Health Services, Medical Transportation, Early Intervention Services, and Referral for Health Care/Supportive Services

The DSHS HIV Care Services Group is revising the Standards of Care for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) service categories. This process includes collaboration with Administrative Agencies receiving Ryan White Part B/State Service Funds and Ryan White Part A Grantees and Part A Planning Councils. The purpose of these standards is to ensure that quality care and services are being provided to all persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) in Texas.

The final draft has been written for the following service categories:

  1. Oral Health Services
  2. Medical Transportation
  3. Early Intervention Services
  4. Referral for Health Care/Supportive Services

As part of this process, DSHS asks providers, consumers, and interested stakeholders to review these documents and provide comments. We value your opinion and hope that you will take the time to review and give feedback. Please comment using the Comments on Service Standard template (Word : 13 kB) and submit to Michelle.Berkoff@dshs.texas.gov. Check the standards drafts page regularly for any updates. Public comment will be accepted until May 25, 2018.

Post date Tuesday, April 24, 2018


2018 HIV Street Outreach and HIV Early Intervention Case Management Conference

The 2018 HIV Street Outreach and HIV Early Intervention Case Management Conference has been scheduled for August 12-15, 2018 in Austin. The annual conference will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Austin, 6505 N. Interstate 35.

To learn more and to sign up to receive announcements about registration, visit the conference website.

Post date Tuesday, April 24, 2018


Registration and Hotel Reservations now available for the 2018 Texas HIV/STD Conference

2018 Texas HIV/STD Conference logoPaid attendee registration and hotel reservations are now open for the 2018 Texas HIV/STD Conference on November 27-29, 2018 at the JW Marriott in Austin. Please visit the conference website to register as an attendee, reserve a hotel room and learn more about the conference. 

Contact hivstd@dshs.texas.gov with questions.

Post date Tuesday, April 3, 2018


New THISIS Web Resource

DSHS recently launched a new web resource for the electronic disease surveillance system THISIS (TB, HIV, STD Integrated System). The new THISIS webpage provides instructions on how to access THISIS, the THISIS user manual, training videos, skill sheets, workflow descriptions, and a help desk. The website will be updated as our communication and training needs change.

To learn more, visit the new THISIS webpage.

Post date Tuesday, April 3, 2018


Greater Than AIDS Seeking PrEP Users for Public Information Campaign

Greater Than AIDS is looking for Latina women and Latino men between the ages of 18-35, living in Texas, who are currently using PrEP to prevent HIV to be featured in an upcoming public information campaign.

To learn more, visit the Greater Than AIDS website, email Daisy Diaz, or text (254) 307-8887. Applications are due Sunday, April 8.

Post date Tuesday, April 3, 2018


Sin Buscar Excusas/No Excuses (SBE) Training

A Sin Buscar Excusas/No Excuses (SBE) Training is scheduled for May 3-4 in El Paso. Sin Buscar Excusas/No Excuses is a single-session, small group, video-based behavioral intervention that aims to increase sexual safety and HIV testing among Latino men who have sex with men (MSM). Inspired by the widely disseminated VOICES/VOCES intervention, Sin Buscar Excusas/No Excuses can be delivered in clinics and community agencies. Groups last about 45-60 minutes and include three core elements: (1) Viewing an English- or Spanish-language video in a small-group setting that assures privacy; (2) Structured brief discussion; (3) Condom distribution, the offer of an HIV test, and referrals for additional services and supports.

To learn more and to apply to attend, visit the Effective Interventions website. The application for this course will close on April 3.

Post date Tuesday, April 3, 2018


CLEAR Training of Facilitators (TOF)

A CLEAR (Choosing Life! Empowerment! Action! Results!) Training of Facilitators is scheduled for May 22-23 in Dallas. CLEAR is an evidence-based, health promotion intervention for males and females ages 16 and older living with HIV/AIDS. CLEAR is a client-centered program delivered one-on-one using cognitive behavioral techniques to change behavior. The intervention provides clients with the skills necessary to be able to make healthy choices for their lives.

To learn more and to apply to attend, visit the Effective Interventions website. The application for this course will close on April 20.

Post date Tuesday, April 3, 2018


THMP Medication Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for April 6

The next Texas HIV Medication Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Friday, April 6 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at:

Building 2, Room 164
909 West 45th Street 
Austin, Texas 78751

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Agenda

  1. Call to Order – Philip Keiser, M.D.
  2. Welcome and Introductions – Philip Keiser, M.D.
  3. Approval of previous meeting minutes (January 5, 2018) – Philip Keiser, M.D. and Committee
  4. Update on the Division of Laboratories and Infectious Disease Services – Janna Zumbrun
  5. Ryan White Part B Updates – Shelley Lucas
  6. Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) Budget Update – DSHS Staff
  7. AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)/State Pharmacy Assistance Program (SPAP) update reports – DSHS Staff
  8. Discussion of THMP recertification process and THMP staffing – Rachel Sanor
  9. Action Item – Request from Gilead Science for recommendation to add Biktarvy to the THMP formulary
  10. Action Item – Request from Insys Therapeutics, Inc. for recommendation to add Syndros (dronabinol) oral solution to the THMP formulary
  11. Action Item – Implementation of Bylaws for the Medication Advisory Committee
  12. Discussion of other state ADAP programs and ADAP advisory committee organizations - Philip Keiser, M.D. and Committee
  13. Discussion of MAC goal-setting – Philip Keiser, M.D. and Committee
  14. Schedule next meeting – Philip Keiser, M.D.
  15. Public comments – Philip Keiser, M.D.
  16. Adjourn – Philip Keiser, M.D.

Post date Thursday, March 22, 2018


New Draft Policy - Eligibility to Receive HIV Services

The DSHS HIV/STD Program is revising the Eligibility to Receive HIV Services policy (220.001). The purpose of the policy is to outline the eligibility criteria for individuals to receive services funded though Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part B, State Services, and the State of Texas’ AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).

As part of this process, DSHS asks providers, consumers, and interested stakeholders to review these documents and provide comments. We value your opinion and hope that you will take the time to review and give feedback. Please submit comments to Jessica.Conly@dshs.texas.gov. Public comment will be accepted until April 20, 2018.

Post date Thursday, March 22, 2018


Prescription Drug Donation Program Officially in Effect

On March 1, the Prescription Drug Donation Program went into effect. The program was authorized by H.B. 2561 during the 85th Legislature, Texas’ most recent legislative session. The program allows for unused, prescription drugs in unit-dose packaging (or “blister packs”) to be donated to participating providers. Participating providers can then dispense these drugs to eligible recipients. Through this program, Texans may receive prescription drugs at little or no cost. The DSHS Pharmacy Branch is solely the administrator for the program and does not accept nor dispense donated prescription drugs at its warehouse.

To learn more about this program, visit the Pharmacy Branch website or email rxdrugdonation@dshs.texas.gov.

Post date Thursday, March 22, 2018


2018 STD Awareness Month Theme

CDC recently announced the theme for April 2018 STD Awareness Month activities: Treat Me Right. This theme focuses on the relationship between healthcare providers and patients.

For providers, Treat Me Right is an opportunity to ensure that they have the needed tools to properly detect and treat infections. It also, however, presents an opportunity to share resources about how to build door-to-door trust with patients that extends from the waiting room to the exam room, as well as how to engage with patients in a way that makes them feel heard and respected. 

This year’s theme also opens the door to encourage patients to learn about STDs and STD prevention, but just as importantly, to empower them to ask their provider what they can do – and how they can work together – to stay safe and healthy.

To learn more, visit the CDC website.

Post date Thursday, March 22, 2018


Public Health Training Opportunities

Webinar: More than Opioids: The Social Determinants of Drug Overdose and Related Despair in Rural and Small City America
The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development is hosting this webinar, which will summarize recent trends in opioid mortality rates and related deaths of despair (e.g., other drugs, suicide, alcohol) across the U.S., highlight large differences in rates across different types of rural communities, and describe relationships between structural conditions (e.g., economic, social, infrastructural) and mortality rates.
March 29, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CST
Join the webinar

Public Health Literacy Training
CDC provides training in health literacy, plain language, and culture and communication, all essential tools for anyone working in health information and services. Whether you are new to these topics, need a refresher, or want to train your entire staff, the following courses are a good place to start.
See the six online health literacy courses

Public Health Law Academy
The Public Health Law Academy, supported by CDC, provides trainings for a deeper understanding of the use of law and policy to improve population health outcomes. Developed in cooperation with ChangeLab Solutions, the easy-to-use online trainings offered by the Public Health Law Academy are for all public health professionals.
See the six online public health law courses

Post date Thursday, March 22, 2018


New Draft HIV Service Category Standards - Universal Standards and Outpatient/Ambulatory Health Services

The DSHS HIV Care Services Group is revising the Standards of Care for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) service categories. This process includes collaboration with Administrative Agencies receiving Ryan White Part B/State Service Funds and Ryan White Part A Grantees and Part A Planning Councils. The purpose of these standards is to ensure that quality care and services are being provided to all persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) in Texas.

The final draft has been written for the following service categories:

  1. Universal Standards
  2. Outpatient/Ambulatory Health Services

As part of this process, DSHS asks providers, consumers, and interested stakeholders to review these documents and provide comments. We value your opinion and hope that you will take the time to review and give feedback. Please comment using the Comments on Service Standard template (Word : 13 kB) and submit to Michelle.Berkoff@dshs.texas.gov. Public comment will be accepted until April 10, 2018.

Post date Thursday, March 8, 2018


DSHS HIV/STD Program Web Survey

The DSHS HIV/STD website is one of the major ways the program communicates with providers, consumers, contractors, academics, and a variety of others. It is important that the website not only provide information users need and are looking to access, but that it is easy to use and comprehendible.

In order to best meet the needs of all users, DSHS has designed a website satisfaction survey to collect data and feedback from all those who use our site. We invite you to take our brief survey and encourage you to share it with your contacts who use the website. It is simple, anonymous, and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. The more responses we receive, the better we can improve the HIV/STD site. 

Click here to take the survey. [SurveyMonkey]

Feel free to email any questions or concerns regarding the survey to Betsy.Cohn@dshs.texas.gov. We thank you in advance for your time and look forward to receiving your feedback.

Post date Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) for Managers Training

An Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) for Managers training course is scheduled for February and March. ARTAS is an individual-level, multi-session intervention with the goal of linking recently diagnosed persons with HIV to medical care soon after receiving their positive test result.

ARTAS for Managers is a three-part series that includes:

  1. Wednesday, February 28 at 12:00 noon CST
    60-minute live webinar, that provides participants with an overview of all of the key information managers need to know to support their ARTAS staff.
  2. Watch on your own between February 28 and March 28
    Series of four 30-minute self-paced (pre-recorded) mini modules to provide more detailed information to support the successful implementation of each phase of ARTAS
  3. Wednesday March 28 at 12:00 noon CST
    Live technical assistance session when managers and supervisors have access to a panel of skilled capacity building providers and peers to answer questions and help trouble shoot issues and concerns.

Upon completion of all components, registered participants are eligible to receive a total of 4 hours of continuing education credit. Pre-registration is required.

To learn more and to register, visit the course website [ETR].

Post date Wednesday, March 7, 2018


High-Impact HIV Prevention in the South

A two-day skills-building institute, “High-Impact HIV Prevention in the South,” is scheduled for March 26-27 in Atlanta. The institute is designed for community-based organization (CBO) HIV program staff. Plenary and break-out sessions will explore opportunities to enhance HIV prevention programs.

To learn more and to register, visit the institute website [JSI].

Post date Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Webinar: Best Practices for HIV Prevention among Transgender and Non-binary People

The webinar “Best Practices for HIV Prevention among Transgender and Non-binary People” is scheduled for March 21 from 12-1pm CST. The intention of this webinar is to increase the organizational capacity of community-based organizations, health departments, and others to provide culturally relevant HIV prevention services to transgender communities. (Note that April 18, 2018 is National Transgender HIV Testing Day). The webinar is conducted by the CBA Provider Network, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide capacity building assistance on topics such as HIV testing and prevention with HIV-positive persons.

To learn more and to register, visit the webinar website [CPN].

Post date Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Save the Date! 2018 Texas HIV/STD Conference

2018 Texas HIV/STD Conference logo Mark your calendars! DSHS will host the 2018 Texas HIV/STD Conference on November 27-29, 2018 at the JW Marriott in Austin. The conference is designed to educate and inform HIV/STD health professionals who serve Texans living with and affected by HIV and other STDs. The event typically draws 800 to 1,000 HIV/STD health professionals from throughout Texas.

Attendee registration, hotel reservations and exhibitor registration will open on April 2, 2018. Visit the conference website for a tentative schedule, abstracts, exhibits, scholarships and more. Contact hivstd@dshs.texas.gov with questions.

Post date Tuesday, February 21, 2018


The 2018 National Latino HIV and Hepatitis C Conference

The 2018 National Latino HIV and Hepatitis C Conference is scheduled for May 18-20 in San Antonio. The conference aims to provide healthcare and social service providers with innovative concepts, best practices, and new information on how to best serve Latino communities. Workshops will cover a wide range of topics essential to all healthcare providers and practitioners who serve the Latino community.

Continuing education credits will be available.

To learn more and to register, visit the conference website.

Post date Friday, February 9, 2018


Continuing Education Available for Article: HIV Testing and Diagnosis Delays

CDC’s MMWR and Medscape have introduced Vital Signs: Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing and Diagnosis Delays — United States, a  free continuing education activity that describes diagnosis delays among persons infected with HIV. This activity is intended for infectious disease clinicians, family medicine specialists, internists, nurses, pharmacists, public health officials, and other clinicians caring for patients with or at risk for HIV infection.

To learn more, visit the CDC Medscape CME Activity website.

Post date Friday, February 9, 2018


2018 HIV in Primary Care Symposium

The 2018 HIV in Primary Care Symposium will be held on April 7, 2018 at the Eilan Hotel and Spa in San Antonio. The conference will highlight the HIV treatment cascade and how it can be used in a primary care setting. The HIV treatment cascade focuses on five different parts; prevention and diagnosis, linkage to care, retention in care, prescribed antiretroviral therapy, and achieving viral suppression. This event is sponsored by the South Central AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC).

Continuing education credits are available.

Registration is $100 for primary care providers. Primary care providers can register at the conference website.

Registration is $50 for students and medical residents. Students and residents can register at the conference website.

To learn more, contact Jonathan Abshier at jabshier@valleyaids.org or at 956-507-4818.

Post date Friday, January 26, 2018


HIV Testing Technologies Webinar - Choosing an HIV Test

The webinar: “HIV Testing Technologies - Choosing an HIV Test” is scheduled for Tuesday, February 6 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CT. The webinar presenter is Dr. Bernard M. Branson, a leading expert in the area of HIV testing. This webinar will describe general principles of HIV tests, provide an overview of how tests operate, address any limitations and misperceptions of HIV tests currently available, and discuss how the various tests differ. There will also be a discussion on practical considerations for health departments to consider when deciding which HIV-test to use.

To learn more and to register, visit the webinar website.

Post date Friday, January 26, 2018


Applications are Being Accepted for 2018 Project L.E.A.P.

Project L.E.A.P. (Learning, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Participation) is a free 18-week training course for individuals living with and affected by HIV to gain the knowledge and skills they need to help plan HIV prevention and care services in the Houston area. Topics covered include HIV 101, a history of HIV in the Houston area, local HIV trends, services for people living with HIV, and much more.

Classes meet Wednesdays from April through July. Students may join one of two classes:

  • Option 1: Day class: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Option 2: Evening class: 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Lunch or dinner will be provided. Assistance with transportation and childcare is also available.

A brief written application and in-person interview are required. To receive an application, contact the Ryan White Planning Council Office of Support at 713-572-3724.

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on March 1. If you wish to apply after March 1, please call the Office of Support.

To learn more about Project L.E.A.P. or the application process, please email Diane Beck, call her at 713-572-3724, or visit www.rwpchouston.org.

Post date Friday, January 26, 2018


THMP Medication Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for January 5

The next Texas HIV Medication Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Friday, January 5 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at:

Austin State Hospital 
Building 582 – West Auditorium
4110 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78751

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Agenda

  1. Call to Order – Philip Keiser, M.D.
  2. Welcome and Introductions – Philip Keiser, M.D.
  3. Approval of previous meeting minutes (April 7, June 16, and October 6, 2017) – Philip Keiser, M.D. and Committee
  4. Update on the Division of Laboratories and Infectious Disease Services – Janna Zumbrun
  5. Ryan White Part B Updates – Shelley Lucas
  6. Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) Budget Update – DSHS Staff
  7. AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)/State Pharmacy Assistance Program (SPAP) update reports – DSHS Staff
  8. Discussion of THMP recertification process – Rachel Sanor
  9. Discussion Item – Adding additional HCV medications to the ADAP formulary for the THMP Pilot – Philip Keiser, M.D. and Committee
  10. Action Item – Request from Napo Pharmaceuticals for recommendation to add Mytesi to the THMP formulary
  11. Discussion Item – Addition of Juluca to the THMP formulary
  12. Discussion of MAC role – Philip Keiser, M.D.
  13. Schedule next meeting – Philip Keiser, M.D.
  14. Public comments – Philip Keiser, M.D.
  15. Adjourn – Philip Keiser, M.D.

Post date Wednesday, January 3, 2018


World AIDS Day in Texas - 2017

World AIDS Day logoThe following is a list of World AIDS Day events taking place around Texas. The DSHS HIV/STD Program wishes to thank all of the organizations that sent event information to the Texas HIV/STD Insider. Please note that this list is for informational purposes only; DSHS does not necessarily sponsor or endorse any of the events and/or activities listed.

World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1st. The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. World AIDS Day provides governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations, and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic. Visit HIV.gov World AIDS Day page to learn more.

 

AUSTIN

Austin Public Health will host two World AIDS Day events.

  • Free HIV/STD and other health screening at MidTowne Live Sports Café at 7408 Cameron Road on December 1, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Free HIV/STD education and testing at the Walgreens, 1144 Airport Boulevard in Austin from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

To learn more about either event, contact Akeshia Johnson Smothers at 512-972-5567

 

BEAUMONT

Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas in partnership with the Beaumont Health Department will host a World AIDS Day Luncheon at the Event Centre, 700 Crockett Street in Beaumont, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Luncheon goal is to bring HIV awareness to faith-based and community leaders while honoring the lives of those lost to HIV and celebrating those who are living HIV. To learn more and to register, visit the event website.

 

 
CORPUS CHRISTI

Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation will offer free HIV testing at 5633 South Staples, Suite 700 in Corpus Christi on December 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. During the event, they will also showcase the release the newest edition of its national literary journal published in collaboration with the English Department at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The event will include readings from the journal and an open-mic for local writers to showcase their own work. The journal emerged to raise awareness of women and girls with HIV and other health disparities in the Coastal Bend region. To learn more, contact Alison Johnson.

 

DALLAS

The Afiya Center is hosting “End With Red 2017 - A Red Tie Affair" at Cedar Crest Golf Course 1800 Southerland Avenue in Dallas on December 1 at 7:00 p.m. The event will promote the project, "Living Out Loud: With Purpose!" (LOL) which functions to end stigma and equip participants with skills to advocate for policies that ensure inclusionary representation of Black and other women of color living with HIV in decision making bodies on how services for women are funded, allocated and delivered. To learn more and to purchase tickets, contact Te'Quan Penny at 972-629-9266 or email mqpenny@theafiyacenter.org.

The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in partnership with Dallas Tavern Guild and Hershner Enterprises will host a World AIDS Day 2017 Commemorative Event and Rally starting at 5:00 p.m. Participants will gather at several locations on Cedar Springs Road in Oak Lawn. Free HIV testing will be offered. Participants will converge on the Legacy of Love Monument starting at 8:00 p.m. to commemorate World AIDS Day and reduce HIV/AIDS stigma. To learn more, contact Michael Andrews.

 

HOUSTON

Change Happens HIV Prevention Program in partnership with Cuney Homes Apartments for the First Annual World AIDS Day Block Party on December 1 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The block party is free and open to the public and will feature various vendors from throughout Houston to link participants to resources. The event will offer free HIV, hepatitis C, and syphilis screenings. There will also be food, entertainment, kiddie rides and games, and more. To learn more, contact Michelle McGlothen at 713-374-1200.

 

LUBBOCK

DSHS Public Health Region 1, City of Lubbock Health Department, Denver Prevention Training Center, United Pharmacy, Valley AIDS Council, and First Care Health Plans are hosting a World AIDS Day Event: “HIV/AIDS in Our Community: A Call to Action” at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock on December 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The program is free, breakfast and lunch are provided, and continuing education credits are available. To learn more and register, visit the event website.

 

Post date Monday, November 27, 2017


Reminder: Tell Us What Your Agency is Doing for World AIDS Day

The annual observance of World AIDS Day will take place December 1, 2017. The DSHS TB/HIV/STD Section is compiling a list of World AIDS Day-related events taking place in Texas. This list will be published in the Texas HIV/STD Insider and shared with media entities and other interested parties inquiring about local activities. Please e-mail your event information by Wednesday, November 15 to Dan Warr.

Please send a brief description of your plans for World AIDS Day that includes the following information:

  • Agency name
  • Agency contact person
  • Event date(s) and time(s)
  • Event address
  • Goal of event
  • Target audience of event (e.g., MSM, IDUs, adolescents)

NOTE: This call is limited to special World AIDS Day-related events only. Do not submit descriptions of regularly scheduled activities.

Visit HIV.gov World AIDS Day page to learn more.

Post date Tuesday, November 14, 2017


New Draft HIV Service Category Standards - Health Insurance Assistance and Home & Community-Based Health Services

The DSHS HIV Care Services Group is revising the Standards of Care for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) service categories. This process includes collaboration with Administrative Agencies receiving Ryan White Part B/State Service Funds and Ryan White Part A Grantees and Part A Planning Councils. The purpose of these standards is to ensure that quality care and services are being provided to all persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) in Texas.

The final draft has been written for the following service categories:

  1. Health Insurance Assistance
  2. Home and Community-Based Health Services

As part of this process, DSHS asks providers, consumers, and interested stakeholders to review these documents and provide comments. We value your opinion and hope that you will take the time to review and give feedback. Please comment using the  Comments on Service Standard template (Word : 13 kB) and submit to Juanita.Salinas@dshs.texas.gov. Public comment will be accepted until December 15, 2017. Comment responses will be posted to the draft standards page.

Post date Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Upcoming Hepatitis C Webinar

The webinar, “More than Tested, Cured - Overcoming Barriers to HCV Care Project Update,” is scheduled for November 14 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CT. This webinar will provide an update about a project that addresses barriers to hepatitis C care faced by individuals who use drugs. It is presented by the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, the People's Harm Reduction Alliance, and the Urban Survivor’s Union. Visit the webinar website [GotoWebinar.com] to register and learn more.

Post date Tuesday, November 14, 2017


What is Your Agency Doing for World AIDS Day?

The annual observance of World AIDS Day will take place December 1, 2017. The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. World AIDS Day provides governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic.

The DSHS TB/HIV/STD Section is compiling a list of World AIDS Day-related events taking place in Texas. This list will be published in the Texas HIV/STD Insider and shared with media entities and other interested parties inquiring about local activities.

Please e-mail a brief description of your plans for World AIDS Day that includes the following information:

  • Agency name
  • Agency contact person
  • Event date(s) and time(s)
  • Event address
  • Goal of event
  • Target audience of event (e.g., MSM, IDUs, adolescents)

NOTE: This call is limited to special World AIDS Day-related events only. Do not submit descriptions of regularly scheduled activities.

Please e-mail your event information by Wednesday, November 15 to Dan Warr.

Visit HIV.gov World AIDS Day page to learn more.

Post date Thursday, November 2, 2017


Foundations of Counseling and Testing Training Scheduled for November 15-17 in El Paso

A Foundations of HIV Counseling and Testing (FCT) Training will be held November 15-17 in El Paso. The goal of FCT is to improve the ability of HIV prevention staff to provide HIV testing, counseling, and linkage to care. The course covers DSHS standards for giving test results and linkage to care for the HIV+ client. It was developed to help participants understand the range of counseling encounters and to determine how to best serve each individual client.

This course focuses extensively on communication and counseling skills to help the risk reduction specialist (RRS) apply behavior change theory and techniques that can support individual clients in reducing their risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV/STD/HCV. The Protocol-Based Counseling (PBC) protocol is used as a tool to guide the discussion with the client about his/her risk(s) as well as the testing process, delivering results and linkage to care for the HIV+ client.

Participants will have time to role-play using the protocol to ensure a reasonable comfort level before counseling with clients when counseling is required.

Participants will need to have the technical information (immune system, epidemiology, etc.) prior to attending this course. The on-line STD Facts and Fallacies - HIV module and the Foundations Pre-course provide this information.

Registration for FCT is available through the TRAIN Texas system.

Post date Thursday, November 2, 2017


Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) Training Scheduled for December 7-8 in Dallas

An Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) Training of Facilitators is scheduled for December 7-8 in Dallas. ARTAS is an individual-level, multi-session, time-limited intervention with the goal of linking recently diagnosed persons with HIV to medical care soon after receiving their positive test result. ARTAS is based on the Strengths-based Case Management (SBCM) model, which is rooted in Social Cognitive Theory (particularly self-efficacy) and Humanistic Psychology. SBCM is a model that encourages the client to identify and use personal strengths; create goals for himself/herself; and establish an effective, working relationship with the Linkage Coordinator (LC).

To learn more and to apply to attend, visit the Effective Interventions website. The application for this course will close on November 10.

Post date Thursday, November 2, 2017


New Draft HIV Service Category Standards - Child Care Services, Food Bank/Home-Delivered Meals, and Medical Nutrition Therapy

The DSHS HIV Care Services Group is revising the Standards of Care for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) service categories. This process includes collaboration with Administrative Agencies receiving Ryan White Part B/State Service Funds and Ryan White Part A Grantees and Part A Planning Councils. The purpose of these standards is to ensure that quality care and services are being provided to all persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) in Texas.

The final draft has been written for the following service categories:

  1. Child Care Services
  2. Food Bank/Home-Delivered Meals
  3. Medical Nutrition Therapy

As part of this process, DSHS asks providers, consumers, and interested stakeholders to review these documents and provide comments. We value your opinion and hope that you will take the time to review and give feedback. Please comment using the  Comments on Service Standard template (Word : 13 kB) and submit to Juanita.Salinas@dshs.texas.gov. Public comment will be accepted until November 13, 2017. Comment responses will be posted to the draft standards page.

Post date Friday, October 13, 2017   


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June 25, 2018

Austin – DSHS Epidemiology and Supplemental Projects Group seeks Epidemiologist III. Learn more

Austin – DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch seeks Program Specialist V. Learn more

Austin – DSHS HIV/STD Care Services Group seeks Program Specialist IV. Learn more

Austin – Cardea seeks Training and Events Project Coordinator. Learn more [Cardea]

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May 31, 2018

Austin – DSHS Epidemiology and Supplemental Projects Group seeks MMP Data Collector (Public Health and Prevention Specialist III). Learn more

Austin – AIDS Services of Austin/Jack Sansing Dental Clinic seeks Patient Navigator. Learn more [ASA]

Dallas – Dallas County Health & Human Services seeks four Disease Intervention Specialists. Learn more [Dallas County]

Dallas – Legacy Counseling Center seeks Community Outreach Therapist. Learn more [Indeed.com]

 

May 21, 2018

Austin – DSHS TB/HIV/STD Section seeks Policy and Program Improvement Coordinator (Program Specialist V). Learn more

Austin – DSHS HIV/STD Epidemiology and Supplemental Projects Group seeks Congenital Syphilis Epidemiologist (Epidemiologist II). Learn more

Dallas – The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse seeks full-time Risk Reduction Specialist. Contact the Council to learn more or submit your resume.

Dallas – Dallas County Health & Human Services seeks Disease Intervention Specialist Front Line Supervisor. Learn more [Dallas County]

Dallas – Prism Health North Texas seeks:

  • Behavioral Health Counselor II
  • Behavioral Intervention Specialist – Testing
  • Behavioral Intervention Specialist – Linkage to Care

Learn more [Prism Health]

 

April 24, 2018

Austin – DSHS TB/HIV/STD Section seeks Section IT Liaison and Business Analyst (Program Specialist VI). Learn more

Austin – DSHS Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch seeks MMP Lead Abstract/Data Collector/Program Specialist IV. Learn more

Austin – DSHS Office of Science and Population Health seeks Science & Population Health Research Specialist V. Learn more

Dallas – Prism Health North Texas seeks 340B Compliance Specialist. Learn more [Prism Health]

 

April 3, 2018

Austin – DSHS TB/HIV/STD Section seeks Section Security/Confidentiality Officer. Learn more

Austin – DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch seeks Program Specialist IV. Learn more

Austin – UT Southwestern seeks Clinical Data Specialist. Learn more [UTSW]

Dallas – Prism Health North Texas seeks:

  • Eligibility Specialist
  • Project Connect Disease Intervention Specialist
  • Project Connect Program Manager
  • Staff Accountant

Learn more [Prism Health]

 

March 22, 2018

Austin – DSHS HIV/STD Planning and Evaluation Group seeks Epidemiologist II. Learn more

Dallas – AIDS Services of Dallas seeks Medical Case Manager. Learn more [ASD]

Dallas – Prism Health North Texas seeks Analytics Specialist. Learn more [Prism Health]

Lubbock – South Plains Community Action Association seeks Project CHAMPS Housing Project Coordinator & HOPWA Case Manager. position filled

 

March 7, 2018

Dallas – Prism Health North Texas seeks Executive Administrative Assistant. Learn more [Prism Health]

 

February 21, 2018

Dallas – Resource Center’s Nelson-Tebedo Clinic seeks PrEP Navigator. Learn more [Resource Center]

 

February 9, 2018

Dallas – Dallas County Health Department seeks:

Fort Worth – Tarrant County Public Health seeks:

  • Disease Intervention Specialist
  • Front Line Supervisor 

Learn more [Tarrant County]

 

January 26, 2018

Austin – DSHS TB and Hansen’s Disease Branch seeks Staff Services Officer II. Learn more

Austin – AIDS Services of Austin seeks Prevention Program Manager. Learn more [ASA]

Dallas – Prism Health North Texas seeks Behavioral Intervention Specialist - Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Learn more [Prism Health]

San Antonio – San Antonio Metropolitan Health District seeks Nurse Practitioner (PrEP). Learn more [San Antonio Metro]

 

January 3, 2018

Austin – DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch seeks Ryan White Quality Management Coordinator. Learn more

Austin – DSHS TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch seeks HIV Prevention Data Team Lead (Epidemiologist III). Learn more

Austin – DSHS Texas HIV Medication Program seeks Manager II. Learn more

Dallas – Prism Health North Texas seeks:

  • Project Connect Behavioral Intervention Specialist
  • SAMHSA Project STEP Behavioral Intervention Specialist

Learn more [Prism Health]

 

November 30, 2017

Austin – DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch seeks Ryan White Quality Management Coordinator. Learn more

Waco – Waco/McLennan County Public Health District seeks Public Health Intervention & Outreach Specialist. Learn more [City of Waco]

 

November 14, 2017

Austin – DSHS TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch seeks MMP Project Coordinator/Research Specialist V. Learn more

Austin – DSHS TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch seeks Public Health and Prevention Specialist III. Learn more

Dallas – The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse seeks Risk Reduction Specialist. To learn more or submit your resume, email the Council.

Houston – DSHS Public Health Region 6/5 South seeks HIV/STD Team Lead/Program Specialist III. Learn more