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HIV-STD Insider 2010 June

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Medicare Proposes New Rule to Ensure Equal Visitation Rights for All Hospital Patients

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today proposed new rules for hospitals that would protect patients' rights to choose their own visitors during a hospital stay, including visitors who are same-sex domestic partners.

The new proposed rule implements an April 15, 2010, Presidential memorandum, in which the President tasked HHS with developing proposed standards for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating hospitals (including critical access hospitals) that would require them to preserve the rights of all patients to choose who may visit them when they are inpatients of a facility.

The proposed rules would require every hospital to have written policies and procedures detailing patients' visitation rights, as well as instances when the hospital may restrict patient access to visitors based on reasonable clinical needs.

A key provision of the proposed rule specifies that visitors chosen by the patient (or his or her representative) must be able to enjoy visitation privileges that are no more restrictive than those for immediate family members.

“Every patient deserves the basic right to designate whom they wish to see while in the hospital,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Today's proposed rule would ensure that all patients have equal access to the visitors of their choosing—whether or not those visitors are, or are perceived to be, members of a patient's family.”

The proposed rule would update the Conditions of Participation, which are minimum health and safety standards all Medicare- and Medicaid-participating hospitals and critical access hospitals must meet.

Specifically, the proposed rule would add new requirements for hospitals and critical access hospitals to explain to all patients their right to choose who may visit them during their inpatient stay, regardless of whether the visitor is a family member, a spouse, or a domestic partner (including a same-sex domestic partner), as well as the right to withdraw such consent at any time.

“This proposed rule is an important step forward in the rights of all Americans to expect equal rights and privileges from the health care system, regardless of their personal and familial situations,” said Marilyn Tavenner, CMS acting administrator. “In the environment of inclusion that this rule promotes, patients and providers can expect improved patient experiences of care.”

The proposed rules are available for public comment for 60 days and will be finalized after CMS has read and considered the comments. The proposed rule can be found in the Federal Register.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 8:43 am

Fourth Generation HIV Diagnostic Test Approved Permitting Earlier Detection of Infection

On June 18, 2010, FDA approved a new, "4th generation" HIV diagnostic assay. The ARCHITECT HIV Ag/Ab Combo Assay is the first HIV diagnostic assay that simultaneously detects both antigen and antibodies for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The new test is also the first diagnostic test approved by FDA for use in children as young as 2 years of age, and pregnant women.

This single, automated test, known as the ARCHITECT HIV Ag/Ab Combo Assay, is a highly sensitive chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay intended to be used as an aid in the diagnosis of HIV-1/HIV-2 infection, including acute or primary HIV-1 infection. It is specific for the detection of the HIV-1 p24 antigen (the substance found on the virus that triggers the production of antibodies), as well as antibodies to HIV-1 groups M and O, and as antibodies to HIV-2.

Levels of p24 antigen increase early after initial infection, before HIV antibody is produced. Because it detects HIV-1 p24 antigen, in addition to antibodies, the ARCHITECT HIV Ag/Ab Combo Assay can be useful in extending diagnosis to earlier, acute phase (recent) infection with HIV, prior to the emergence of antibodies produced by the infected patient, effectively reducing the window period (that period after initial infection and before the detection of infection based on formation of detectable antibodies). The median detection time was demonstrated to be 7 days earlier (range 0 to 20 days) compared to 3rd generation enzyme immunoassay antibody tests to which they were compared.

Currently, most tests used in the diagnostic setting detect only HIV antibodies.

While the assay is not intended to be used for routine screening of blood donors, it is approved as a donor screening assay for HIV-1/HIV-2 infection in urgent situations where licensed blood donor screening tests are unavailable or their use is impractical.

Approximately 18 million persons in the United States are tested for HIV each year, and an estimated one million people are living with HIV. In 2008, CDC estimated that approximately 56,000 people are newly infected with HIV each year. This new test can help diagnose on-going and more recent infection, helping make people aware of their HIV status, get treatment, and help to reduce the spread of HIV by people unaware of their serostatus.

The ARCHITECT HIV Ag/Ab Combo Assay is manufactured by Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, Illinois.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 8:34 am

National HIV Testing Day in Texas - 2010

The following is a list of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) events taking place around Texas. The 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 presented for informational purposes only; the Texas Department of State Health Services does not necessarily sponsor or endorse any of the events and/or activities listed.

Now in its 16th year, NHTD is observed annually on June 27. Sponsored nationally by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), the event encourages persons at risk for HIV infection to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing. A resource kit containing posters, flyers, media tips and adaptable campaign materials can be ordered or downloaded from the NAPWA website. Additional information can be found at hivtest.org.


The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department's HIV/STD Prevention Outreach Program will provide any individuals who may be at risk for HIV or STDs with free and confidential HIV and STD testing on Monday, June 28 from 1-7pm at the RBJ Health Center, 15 Waller St. Rapid HIV test results will be available. For more information, contact Pete Oxner at 512-972-5137.


On Saturday, June 26, Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church and Pastor Dwight Benoit are hosting a Family Matters Seminar at the Sterling Pruitt Center at 2930 Gulf St. in Beaumont. The event will start at 8:30am and is sponsored by South East Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse/Harbor Program. This is a family-oriented community event and health fair. There will be fellowship, empowerment and enrichment sessions, healthy living and safer decision-making talks, recreation activities, moonwalks, face painting, health screening and more.


Free HIV testing will be offered on Monday, June 28 at the DSHS Brady Clinic, 1004 S. Bridge St. Contact Toni Keitz, R.N. at 325-597-0550 for clinic hours and more information.


Coastal Bend AIDS Foundation (CBAF) is partnering with Corpus Christi area Walgreens locations to provide free HIV testing to the residents of the Coastal Bend on Saturday, June 26th for NHTD. Walgreens will provide free soda for everyone who tests. Persons testing can also enter a drawing for prizes. At the Weber/Holly Walgreens location, CBAF is holding a mini-health fair in collaboration with the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health Department, South Texas Substance Abuse Recovery Systems (STSARS), and Padre Behavioral Hospital. CBAF hopes to test 200 people for NHTD.


AIDS Interfaith Network in collaboration with Dallas County Health Department will commemorate NHTD on Monday, June 28 by providing free testing at the General Consulate Of Mexico, 1210 River Bend, from 9:30am to 1pm. For information, call Edgar Carmona at 214-943-4444, ext. 209.


La Fe Care Center hosted an information booth and provided free OraQuick rapid HIV testing at El Paso Community College's Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter Dr., on Tuesday, June 22 from 9am to 3pm as part of a “World Soccer” event. On Sunday, June 27, La Fe will provide information and offer free rapid HIV testing at Chamizal National Memorial Park's “Music Under the Stars” event. The informational booth will open at 4:30pm and testing will be offered from 6 to 8:30pm.


Legacy Community Health Services will provide free rapid HIV testing on Friday, June 25 from 9am-6pm at 215 Westheimer. The goal of this event is to provide free rapid HIV testing to 75 people.

In observance of NHTD, Montrose Counseling Center (MCC) will offer free HIV testing on Monday, June 28th. Walk-ins are welcome to come between 9am and 6pm to the first floor GLBT Cultural Center at 401 Branard to be tested. MCC uses the OraQuick ADVANCE Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test. Call 713-529-0037 for more information.

Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas will host its annual free HIV Testing Day for the first time in its new building at 4600 Gulf Frwy. on Friday, June 25 from 9am-3pm. Everyone in line by 3pm will be seen. Testing is in collaboration with Hip Hop 4 HIV, so anyone who tests is eligible for a free ticket to the hip hop concert in Houston on July 31st. Clients will attend a brief education session and test for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. Clients will receive their HIV results before leaving.

St. Hope Foundation will provide HIV testing at Plazamericas Mall (formerly Sharpstown Mall), 7500 Bellaire Blvd., from 7am-6pm. All persons who test and receive results will be given one free ticket to the Hip Hop 4 HIV concert that will be held in Houston on Saturday, July 31. For more information, please contact Jeffrey Campbell at 713-778-1300.


Port Arthur Health Department, along with Triangle AIDS Network and Project AIDS-Land Manor (P.A.L.M.), will offer free HIV, hepatitis C and syphilis testing on Saturday, June 26 from 9am-4pm at Barbara Jacquet Park, 201 Gilham Circle, in Port Arthur. There will be entertainment and free crawfish for those who test.


San Antonio AIDS Foundation will provide free rapid HIV testing on Sunday, June 27 from 1-4pm at 818 E. Grayson St.


Free HIV testing will be offered on Monday, June 28 at the DSHS Sonora Clinic, 1004 Eaton, Ste. B. Contact Auora Noriega R.N. at 325-387-2234 for clinic hours and more information.

Post Date and TimeWednesday, June 23, 2010, 8:34 am

Testing Day Posters and Online Tools Available at hivtest.org

The National HIV and STD Testing Resources website, better known as hivtest.org, has made several National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) posters available for download. The collection of posters, which are designed to reach a variety of audiences, can be accessed on hivtest.org.

If you would like to promote NHTD online, the hivtest.org site also has embeddable buttons and testing site locator widgets, public service announcements and social networking status updates that can be shared on websites, blogs and social networking pages. These tools can also be accessed at hivtest.org.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 8:53 am

New Pamphlet Covers Repeal of HIV Travel Ban

Immigration Equality and The AIDS Institute have developed a pamphlet about the January 2010 repeal of the U.S. travel and immigration ban on foreign nationals living with HIV/AIDS. The pamphlet, available in English and Spanish, contains information about how the repeal affects HIV-positive tourists, students and businesspeople traveling to the U.S., as well as HIV-positive persons applying for green cards.

Web-based and downloadable PDF versions of the pamphlet are available on the Immigration Equality website. To order print copies of this pamphlet, call 212-714-2904.

Post Date and Time Friday, June 18, 2010, 3:38 pm

Reminder: National HIV Testing Day Call for Events Due Today

Sunday, June 27 marks the 16th annual observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), and we want to know what your plans are. We also encourage you to register your NHTD event through hivtest.org. Be sure to include the following information:

  • Agency name
  • Event description
  • Event date(s) and time(s)
  • Event address
  • Event goal
  • Agency contact person and contact information

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

Post Date and Time Friday, June 11, 2010, 9:41 am

Hepatitis Conference Abstracts and CME Opportunity

The Dawn of a New Era: Transforming our Domestic Response to Hepatitis B & C was held September 10-11, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Journal of Family Practice has released a supplement which includes abstracts from the meeting and a continuing medical education (CME) opportunity for physicians and physician assistants involved in the care of patients with chronic HBV and HCV.

The supplement and CME information can be found on the Journal of Family Practice website. There is no cost for the CME.

Post Date and Time Friday, June 11, 2010, 9:41 am

Community Meeting for Developing Programs for Young Men of Color who have Sex with Men and Young Transgender of Color

In 2006, the CDC launched a community-based initiative to address the increasing number of HIV infections among young men of color who have sex with men (TMCSM), their partners, and young transgender persons of color (YTGC). A total of 29 CBOs were supported through this initiative.

To obtain valuable input from the community, CDC is planning a two-day community meeting in Atlanta on July 29-30, 2010 to explore HIV prevention efforts that focus on these important populations.

CDC will make selections to ensure a representative sample of individuals who represent and/or provide services to YMCSM and YTGC nationwide. Approximately 60 individuals, representative of each track, will be selected to attend the meeting; all travel expenses will be covered for each participant. Special travel arrangements will be considered to assist participants between the ages of 18 and 25.

Nominations are due by June 18, 2010.

Post Date and Time Thursday, June 10, 2010, 2:33 pm

HHS National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy

The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy contains seven goals, each with specific strategies for different sectors of the health system, such as payers, the media, government agencies, and health care professionals, to improve health literacy. These goals emphasize the importance of creating health and safety information that is accurate, accessible, and actionable.

"Health literacy is needed to make health reform a reality," said U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "Without health information that makes sense to them, people can't access cost effective, safe, and high quality health services. But, HHS can't do it alone," she added. "We need payers and providers of health care services to communicate clearly and make the necessary changes to improve their communication with consumers, patients, and beneficiaries. Today's plan is only the beginning of a long-term process with our many partners in all sectors that we hope will result in a society that encourages people to live longer, healthier lives."

The Action Plan, a summary, and a press release can be found on the HHS website. Find Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) tools and information that can be used in implementing the Action Plan on the AHRQ website.

Post Date and Time Thursday, June 10, 2010, 2:33 am

Call for Events: National HIV Testing Day

Sunday, June 27 marks the 16th annual observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), and we want to know what your plans are.

Sponsored nationally by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), this annual awareness event encourages persons at risk for HIV infection to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing. A resource kit containing posters, flyers, media tips and adaptable campaign materials can be ordered or downloaded from the NAPWA website.

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.

We also encourage you to register your NHTD event through hivtest.org. Be sure to include the following information:

  • Agency name
  • Event description
  • Event date(s) and time(s)
  • Event address
  • Event goal
  • Agency contact person and contact information

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

Post Date and Time Monday, June 7, 2010, 1:20 pm

Many Men, Many Voices Training

Many Men, Many Voices (3MV) is a group-level, STD/HIV prevention intervention for Black men who have sex with men. Participants are trained to facilitate this group-level intervention through attending a two part training series: Level 1 (3 days) and Level 2 (3 days). To learn more about the 3MV intervention, please visit effectiveintervetnions.org.

The Center for Health Behavior Training (the Rochester PTC), the Dallas Prevention Training Center, and ICF Macro are conducting a Many Men, Many Voices training series (Level I and II). You are invited to submit an application to participate in the training series.

The Level I is July 7-9, 2010 and the Level II has changed to August 10-13, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. The training will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m. each day. Participants are required to attend and participate in all days of the training. Participants who want to attend have to commit to attending both Level I and II trainings in Atlanta. Participants are asked to apply to participate in the training series by visiting effectiveinterventions.org. The registration process ends June 11, 2010.

Post Date and Time Monday, June 7, 2010, 1:20 pm

Recruitment and Retention in Care Training

The National Minority AIDS Council in conjunction with HRSA will be holding a Recruitment and Retention in Care training in Austin, Texas - July 28-30, 2010. The training will have approximately 30 participants. Each agency can nominate up to two participants, preferably individuals involved in direct service (case managers, counselors, treatment/outreach officers, etc.). There are no registration fees for this training and agencies within the region will be given preference.

NMAC's Recruitment and Retention into Care (RRIC) program, a Health Resources and Services Administration funded project, is now accepting applications from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma (HHS Region 6).

Over 2.5 days, public health professionals, care providers, AIDS service organizations, and faith- and community-based organizations will receive intensive training on how to:

  • Enhance social contact and skillfulness in recruiting and retaining in care hard-to-reach, high-risk, and multiply-diagnosed clients
  • Build strong partnerships and better understand communities being served (by learning effective community mapping techniques)
  • Effectively carryout outreach to hard to reach high risk persons, in rural/remote areas, and especially among minorities

Note: A limited number of scholarships are available on a first come basis, covering (transport, food and lodging)

For more information and to download the application, visit the NMAC website.

Post Date and Time Friday, June 4, 2010, 2:01 pm

Hepatitis C Treatment: The Disease, Living and Succeeding

Dr. Imtiaz Alam will be discussing the current and future landscape of hepatitis C therapy in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, June 15, 2010. Dr. Alam will be discussing the pros and cons of the new and existing treatments available for hepatitis C. There will also be time for Dr. Alam will to answer any hepatitis C-related questions from the audience.

The presentation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina, Austin. Refreshments will be available.

This presentation is sponsored by ITSRx and TSRx Pharmacy.

To RSVP (required to attend), call Robin at 832-798-2104.

Post Date and Time Friday, June 4, 2010, 2:01 pm

All States Added to ADAP Virtual Training Series

The ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+) has announced that it is opening up its ADAP Virtual Training Application: Linking AIDS Drug Assistance Programs to Pharmaceutical Prescription & Co-Payment Assistance Programs to all ADAP stakeholders nationwide. Since the ongoing crisis facing the AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) is ever-changing and impacting so many states, aaa+ determined that the virtual training should be made available to all interested parties, regardless of whether the state has a waiting list.

There exists an immediate need in numerous states to link ADAP stakeholders with these two important resources. The National Association of State & Territorial AIDS Directors is now reporting 1,143 individuals are currently on ADAP waiting lists nationwide, as of May 21, 2010. Other states have instituted other cost containment strategies, too.

In response to this growing crisis, please participate in an online training on the state of the epidemic and what you can do to help. aaa+, in coordination with the Community Access National Network (CANN), Flowers Heritage Foundation (FHF), National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and National ADA Network (DBTACs) - which all work to ensure access to care and treatment for every person with HIV in need - is extending this invitation to all ADAP stakeholders nationwide to gain a fuller perspective from the pharmaceutical companies about how their prescription assistance and co-payment assistance programs can address the many issues confronting people living with HIV disease on wait lists.

The remaining virtual training application will take place on Wednesday, June 9th. Registration is free!


Participating companies include : Tibotec Therapeutics, Gilead, Merck, MedData Services, and ViiV Healthcare

Post Date and Time Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 3:18 pm

Application for the 2011 Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership

The application for the 2011 Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership is now available online.Visit www.ihpl.org to learn more and begin the application process. The deadline to apply is June 25, 2010.

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Function as a HIV prevention program manager.
  • Work at a community-based organization (CBO) that is directly funded by the CDC or indirectly funded via a state, city, or local health department.
  • Work at a CBO that serves minority and/or underserved populations.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 12:31 pm

Effective Risk Reduction Screening & Counseling for HIV, STDs, and Substance Abuse Webinar

The webinar “Effective Risk Reduction Screening & Counseling for HIV, STDs, and Substance Abuse for Health Care Professionals in the Southeast” is scheduled for June 10, 2010 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Central time. This webinar will address the following topics:

  • How to initiate discussion of sex practices
  • Normalize conversation about sex and other HIV/STD counseling tips
  • HIV protection and prevention (what to ask, what to say, how to integrate HIV into clinician-patient discussions)
  • Intake assessment and screening
  • Best practices for dealing with missed appointments and harm reduction

The trainer, Ms. Elise Turner, is a Certified Nurse-Midwife with over twenty-five years' experience in reproductive health, with 20 years experience in public health and Title X/Family Planning programs. Her background includes program development and clinical services planning, and she has worked on audit teams for family planning clinics.

The Title X RTC (Cicatelli), the Southern Coast ATTC, and SEATTC will co-sponsor provision of continuing education credits for webinar participants. Also note that this training will be provided in Spanish at another date.

The deadline for receipt of registration forms is June 8.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 12:31 pm

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June 29, 2010

Lubbock - DSHS Public Health Region 1 seeks a Disease Intervention Specialist (Program Specialist II).


June 22, 2010

Corpus Christi - Corpus Christi-Nueces County Health District seeks a Health District Program Manager (STD/HIV Clinic).

Atlanta, Georgia - CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention seeks a Director of the Division of STD Prevention.


June 18, 2010

Austin - Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Communicable Disease Unit seeks a Disease Surveillance Specialist.

San Antonio - Alamo Area Resource Center seeks a Housing Specialist.


June 10, 2010

Austin - DSHS HIV/STD Program seeks a Training Specialist IV.


June 4, 2010

Austin - DSHS HIV/STD Program seeks:

  • Development Specialist
  • Senior Program Consultant

Fort Worth - MHMR of Tarrant County Addiction Services seeks a Street Outreach Specialist.

Temple - DSHS Region 7 seeks a Disease Intervention Specialist.


June 2, 2010

Dallas - AIDS Arms, Inc. seeks

  • Case Manager for the Free World Bound Program
  • Case Manager Supervisor

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