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HIV-STD Insider 2009 September

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White House Office of National AIDS Policy to Host HIV/AIDS Community Discussion in Houston

The White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) will be hosting an HIV/AIDS Community Discussion in Houston on Saturday, October 10, 2009. This event is an opportunity for the public to provide input as the White House develops the United States' first National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).

Three goals for the NHAS are:

Reducing HIV incidence

Increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes

Reducing HIV-related health disparities

This is an exciting opportunity that will help in developing the direction of HIV/AIDS policy in the United States. This event is open to the press and public, but an RSVP is required. Individuals interested in attending the Community Discussion may RSVP online at: https://www.cmpinc.net/ONAP.


Houston HIV/AIDS Community Discussion

WHO: Jeffrey S. Crowley, M.P.H.
Director, White House Office of National AIDS Policy 
WHEN: Saturday, October 10, 2009
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. CST
WHERE: Texas Southern University
Granville M. Sawyer Auditorium
3100 Cleburne Avenue
Houston, Texas 77004
Phone: 713-313-7931

Each attendee who wishes to do so will be allowed give 1 ½ minutes of testimony.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 9:46 am

HIV, Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation Institute Offered

Positive Futures: HIV, Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation in 2009 is a pre-conference Institute at the United States Conference on AIDS scheduled for Wednesday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m in San Francisco.

Positive Futures addresses critical counseling, benefits, training, public policy and employment issues of people with HIV/AIDS (PWHA). In 2009, the need to reduce poverty, social isolation and marginalization of PWHA is imperative, while our communities are confronted with high levels of unemployment and job losses. This institute will help attendees learn about existing employment services, how to overcome barriers to employment, and get connected to a national network of PWHA, service providers and others committed to addressing the vocational needs of PWHA.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 9:46 am

Texas HIV/STD Conference Call for Abstracts

Abstracts for the 17th Texas HIV/STD Conference are due on Friday, November 13, 2009. The conference is tentatively scheduled for May 23-27, 2010 in Austin. This biennial event is designed to facilitate the delivery of effective HIV/STD prevention and care services by strengthening and enhancing the skill base of HIV/STD professionals. For more information, please visit the conference website. We hope to see you in Austin next May!

Post Date and Time Monday, September 28, 2009, 4:27 pm

CDC Funding Announcement

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP), Prevention Program Branch has announced the publication of Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) PS10-1003 Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Prevention Projects for Community-Based Organizations (CBOs). This FOA was published August 26, 2009 to www.grants.gov. The application deadline is October 26, 2009. Applicants should ensure that post submission (and before the application submission deadline), they receive an email validating application submission (validation takes at least two days).

In effort to provide an opportunity for technical assistance related to this FOA, the CDC conducted four regional pre-application workshops (Oakland, Atlanta, Chicago, and Philadelphia). If you were unable to attend a regional workshop, a series of webcast conference calls and last-chance technical assistance calls have also been scheduled. See schedule below. Information on date/time, presentations, and call-in information for these conference calls are located on the FOA website (see link below).

NOTE: Please view webcast presentations on-line prior to joining the webcast conference call.


TA Activities
TA Activity Date Time (Central) Number/Details 
Webcast conference call September 29, 2009 9:00 a.m. 800-288-8975
Webcast conference call October 1, 2009 2:30 p.m. 888-889-5620
Participant passcode: 4563716
Webcast conference call October 6, 2009 1:00 p.m. 888-889-5620
Participant passcode: 4563716
Webcast conference call October 8, 2009 1:00 p.m. 888-889-5620
Participant passcode: 4563716
Last Chance TA call October 19, 2009 10:00 a.m.

Participant passcode: 4563716

Last Chance TA call October 20, 2009 9:00 a.m. 888-889-5620
Participant passcode: 4563716 
Last Chance TA call October 21, 2009 3:00 p.m. 888-889-5620
Participant passcode: 4563716
Last Chance TA call October 22, 2009 10:00 a.m. 888-889-5620
Participant passcode: 4563716
Last Chance TA call October 26, 2009 2:00 p.m. 888-889-5620
Participant passcode: 4563716

Additional information on the FOA and related activities can be found at the CDC website.

Post Date and Time Monday, September 28, 2009, 4:27 pm

Life-Threatening Risk Posed by Cocaine Laced with Veterinary Anti-Parasite Drug

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is alerting medical professionals, substance abuse treatment centers and other public health authorities about the risk that substantial levels of cocaine may be adulterated with levamisole – a veterinary anti-parasitic drug. There have been approximately 20 confirmed or probable cases of agranulocytosis (a serious, sometimes fatal blood disorder), including two deaths, associated with cocaine adulterated with levamisole. The number of reported cases is expected to increase as information about cocaine adulterated with levamisole is disseminated.

To learn more, visit the SAMHSA website.

Post Date and Time Thursday, September 24, 2009, 12:35 pm

What is Your Agency Doing for National Latino AIDS Awareness Day?

The seventh annual observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) will take place on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009.

Sponsored by the Latino Commission on AIDS, NLAAD is designed to develop awareness, promote prevention and build leadership around HIV/AIDS issues in Latino communities nationwide. You can request a NLAAD campaign kit and find out more about NLAAD-related activities at www.nlaad.org. If your agency conducts an NLAAD-related activity, please be sure to register your event at this website.

In addition, the DSHS HIV/STD Program is compiling a list of NLAAD-related activities 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 National Latino AIDS Awareness Day along with the following information:

  1. Agency name
  2. Agency contact person
  3. Event date(s) and time(s)
  4. Event address
  5. Goal of event
  6. Target audience of event (e.g., MSM, IDUs, adolescents)

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

Please e-mail your event information no later than Friday, October 2 at 5pm.

Post Date and Time Friday, November 18, 2009, 1:27 pm

HIV Services Survey

The CAEAR Foundation is conducting a survey to understand how primary care providers (PCPs) are providing services to people living with or at risk for HIV. This research is a broad assessment of the current state of HIV primary care and includes all PCPs in various systems and disciplines. This survey will assist providers and policy makers to advance effective prevention, care and support. Findings will enable organizations, communities and professionals to identify their professional learning needs.

If you would like to complete the survey, or if you know of other professionals who can provide information on how primary care providers (PCPs) are supplying services to people with HIV, please forward the link below in an email to others within your organization or to list serves, e-mail groups, or other online contacts.

Post Date and Time Friday, September 18, 2009, 1:27 pm

Rule Changes Due to Shortage of Erythromycin (0.5%) Ophthalmic Ointment - September 2009

CDC has created a new web page with updated important guidance and recommendations for dealing with the shortage of erythromycin (0.5%) ophthalmic ointment and using alternative treatments. Please share the following link to the web page broadly. CDC will use this web page for any future updates on this issue.


On September 15, 2009, emergency rules were approved by the Health and Human Services Commission and filed with the Texas Register, effective on this date. These rules are in effect for 120 days and show 0.5% erythromycin ophthalmic ointment, 1% azithromycin ophthalmic solution, 0.3% gentamicin ophthalmic ointment, and 0.3% tobramycin ophthalmic ointment as the approved prophylactic treatments for newborns. The rules also direct persons to review guidance issued by the CDC at the above weblink. DSHS will re-evaluate the situation, and may seek to extend the emergency rule for an additional 60 days, if warranted.

DSHS will continue to monitor the situation, and provide updates as developments warrant.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 10:23 am

Tenth Annual Hot Topics in Liver Disease Conference

St. Luke's Center for Liver Disease and the Texas Liver Coalition are sponsoring the Tenth Annual International Hot Topics in Liver Disease Conference, October 10, 2009 in Houston, Texas. This continuing medical education activity is designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of common liver diseases seen in the community. There are recent advances in the diagnosis and management of patients with liver disease for primary care physicians, gastroenterologists.

To learn more about this conference, visit the conference webpage.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 8:32 am

Request for Grant Applications for Black Adolescent MSM Treatment Education Initiative

Tibotec Therapeutics is requesting grant applications to address the significant challenges facing black adolescent (13-24 years) MSM. Proposals are now being accepted for programs that will be implemented in early 2010. Grants will be one-year commitments up to $25,000.

The goal of this request for grant applications is to support efforts targeting at-risk, adolescent black MSM in the following areas:

  • Outreach and prevention education
  • Importance of knowing one's HIV status (to encourage early diagnosis and linkage to care)
  • Linkage to care and treatment for newly diagnosed individuals
  • HIV treatment education

Programs must address one or more of the four categories outlined above. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2009.

To learn more, visit the Tibotec Therapeutics website.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 8:32 am

Call for Nominations for TB Survival Prize

The Tuberculosis Survival Project is seeking nominations for the Tuberculosis Survival Prize 2009, an annual award, supported by a grant from Eli Lilly and Company. The prize recognizes innovation in TB/MDR-TB advocacy and social mobilization. The award winner will receive a certificate and $2000 to scale up and/or replicate their advocacy efforts. The winner will also be profiled on the TBSP website. The deadline to enter for the prize is October 31, 2009.

To learn more, visit the Tuberculosis Survival Project website.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 8:32 am

SAMHSA Debuts Website Describing States’ Early Intervention Services

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently debuted a website which describes HIV early intervention services in states with an AIDS rate of 10 or more per 100,000. These designated states (23 in 2008 including Texas) are required to expend 5% of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant award on HIV early intervention services. Designated States are required to establish linkages with a comprehensive services community resource network of related health and social services organizations to ensure a wide-based knowledge of the availability of these services.

To learn more about the HIV early intervention services in the designated states, visit the SAPT Block Grant program website.

Post Date and Time Friday, September 11, 2009, 12:33 pm

Binational Health Week Cultural Symposium in Arlington

The 2009 Binational Health Week Symposium will be held on Monday, October 26, 2009 from 8 to 5 at the University of Texas at Arlington. The purpose of the symposium is to enhance the knowledge of nurses, health care professionals, and health profession students regarding disparities in health in the Hispanic population and to examine the social determinants that can result in disparity. This symposium seeks to engage the provider to embrace equity in the Hispanic population by equipping participants with 21st century solutions.

Registration for the event is $50.00 for health care and other professionals and free to students with ID. Registration includes lunch, parking, and continuing education units for Nursing, Social Work (pending), and general CE.

To learn more about the symposium, visit the Dallas/Fort Worth Area Health Education Center website.

Post Date and Time Friday, September 4, 2009, 10:38 am

2009 BEAT AIDS Annual Banquet

The Board of Directors of BEAT AIDS Coalition Trust take great pleasure in announcing that Mrs. Jeanne White-Ginder (Ryan White's mother) and Dr. Philip Keiser, Chairman of the Texas HIV/STD Medication Board will be the Key Note Speakers at the 2009 BEAT AIDS Annual Banquet. Tickets are $50 per person and $500 for a table of 10 (ticket price includes covered parking).

The banquet is being hosted by the Hilton Airport Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. The banquet will be held on Friday evening, October 2, 2009. There will be a “Meet & Greet” at 6:00 p.m. in Tex's Hall at the hotel. The Banquet begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Texas Grand Ballroom. Attire will be business casual.

Please R.S.V.P. by calling (210) 212-2266 by September 26, 2009. Reserve your seat by calling (210) 212-2266 or order online at www.beataids.org.

Post Date and Time Friday, September 4, 2009, 10:38 am

Funding Opportunity Announced for Prevention Education and AIDS-Related Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a funding opportunity for prevention education and AIDS-Related services for survivors of domestic violence. The response date is 9:00 a.m. (Central) on September 14.

To learn more, visit FedBizOpps.gov.

Post Date and Time Friday, September 4, 2009, 10:38 am

CDC Releases Guidance on Shortage of Erythromycin Ointment

CDC has recently received reports of a shortage of erythromycin (0.5%) ophthalmic ointment. Texas Health and Safety Code Sec. 81.091 requires that all infants in Texas at childbirth be given a prophylaxis, as specified in DSHS rules, to prevent opthalmia neonatorum. DSHS rules at 25 TAC Sec. 97.136 require one of the following ointments be used:

  • Erythromycin (0.5%) ophthalmic ointment
  • Tetracycline ophthalmic ointment (1%)
  • Silver nitrate (1%)

Tetracycline ophthalmic ointment (1%) and Silver nitrate (1%) are no longer available in the US. CDC released a Dear Colleague letter to provide guidance for obtaining supplies of erythromycin (0.5%) ophthalmic ointment during this shortage.

DSHS will monitor the situation, and provide updates as developments warrant.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 4:15 pm

Diagnostic Testing and Pregnancy in Texas

Clinicians in Texas, including physicians or any other person permitted to attend to a pregnant woman, must test every pregnant woman under their care for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis B unless she objects. The tests must take place during the pregnant woman's first prenatal visit and at delivery.

Effective January 1, 2010, the woman must be tested for HIV during her third trimester. If there is no record of her test result from the third trimester, then the woman must be tested at delivery. The law also provides for expedited testing of the mother and newborn at delivery.

To learn more, visit the diagnostic testing and pregnancy page.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 4:15 pm

Tainted Cocaine Leads to Suppressed White Blood Cell Count

Drug Enforcement Administration seizures of cocaine have shown an increase in the addition of a dangerous veterinary medicine. Levamisole may give cocaine a more intense "high" but it also severely weakens the body's immune system, leaving patients vulnerable to fatal infections.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 4:15 pm

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Texas HIV/STD Job Postings

September 24, 2009

Austin - Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department seeks Health & Human Services Program Coordinator.


September 16, 2009

Corpus Christi - Coastal Bend AIDS Foundation seeks a LCDC Case Manager.


September 11, 2009

Austin - David Powell Health Center (CommUnity Care) seeks:

  • Nurse Manager
  • Phlebotomist
  • Registered Nurse

New York - The Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP) seeks Executive Director.

South Carolina - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control seeks STD/HIV Division Director.

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