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New Draft HIV Service Category Standards

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 standards and service categories:

  1. Universal Standards – standards to assure compliance with HIV/AIDS Bureau National Monitoring Standards and compliance specific to services provided in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program for the State of Texas –  Draft Standards (PDF : 229 kb) |  Administrative Agency Comments (PDF : 189 kb)
  2. Outpatient/Ambulatory Health Services (OAHS) –  Draft Standards (PDF : 208 kb) |  Administrative Agency Comments (PDF : 243 kb)

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.govPublic comment will be accepted until March 17, 2017. Comment responses will be posted to the draft standards page.

Post Date Thursday, February 16, 2017


DSHS Launches Interactive HIV Data Tool

DSHS recently added Texas HIV infection data to the DSHS Texas Health Data website. The website includes interactive charts, graphs, maps, and tables for both new HIV diagnoses and people living with HIV across the state. The data can be filtered geographically, demographically, and by mode of transmission.

To learn more, visit the Texas Health Data pages for new HIV diagnoses and people living with HIV.

Post Date Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Houston Ryan White Planning Course Offers Course for Those Wanting to Help Plan HIV Prevention and Care Services

The Houston Ryan White Planning Council has announced the 2017 Project L.E.A.P. (Learning, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Participation). Project L.E.A.P. is a free 17-week training course for those 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 available for people living with HIV, and more.

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

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

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

Apply to attend by contacting the Ryan White Planning Council Office of Support at 713-572-3724 or on the Project L.E.A.P. application website. A brief written application and in-person interview are required. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017. Anyone wishing to apply after March 3 should call the Office of Support.

If you have questions or would like to learn more, visit the Ryan White Planning Council website, email Diane Beck, or call her at 713-572-3724.

Post Date Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Personalized Cognitive Counseling Training Scheduled for March in Dallas

The next Personalized Cognitive Counseling (PCC) Training of Counselors is scheduled for March 29-30 in Dallas.

PCC is an individual-level, single session counseling intervention designed to reduce unprotected intercourse among men who have sex with men (MSM) who are repeat testers for HIV. PCC focuses on the person's self-justifications (thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs) he uses when deciding whether or not to engage in high-risk sexual behavior. PCC is a 30- to 50-minute intervention conducted as a component of Counseling, Testing, and Referral Service (CTRS) for MSM who meet the screening criteria.

To learn more or to apply to attend this training, visit the Effective Interventions website.

Post Date Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Epi Profile Shows State of HIV in Texas

The DSHS TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit released the 2015 Texas HIV Integrated Epidemiologic Profile (Epi Profile), a summary of information on known HIV/AIDS cases in Texas. The Epi Profile was created to assist planners, public health professionals, policy makers, and other stakeholders at the local and state level. It is a snapshot of the HIV epidemic in Texas at the end of 2015.

Over 82,000 Texans are known to be living with HIV. This does not include the nearly 18,000 persons who are estimated to be living with HIV and unaware of their infection. The face of HIV in Texas is increasingly young, black or Hispanic, and male. The vast majority of new infections and diagnoses occur in gay or other men who have sex with men (MSM).

You can read the Epi Profile and other reports from the TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit on the Reports page.

Post Date Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Updates to the Pediatric Opportunistic Infections Guidelines

The Panel on Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Exposed and HIV-Infected Children has recently updated two sections of the Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Exposed and HIV-Infected Children:

  • Human Herpesvirus 8: A new graded recommendation has been added recommending that chemotherapy, along with continuation of antiretroviral therapy (ART), be provided to children with Kaposi sarcoma-related immune reconstitution syndrome. This recommendation is based on studies in HIV-infected adults with Kaposi sarcoma-associated immune reconstitution syndrome that found that addition of chemotherapy to ART was associated with reduced mortality compared with ART alone.

  • Microsporidiosis: A graded recommendation has been added recommending use of systemic fumagillin (where available) in addition to ART for microsporidiosis caused by Enterocytozoon bieneusi and Vittaforma corneae. The recommendation for use of oral albendazole in addition to topical fumagillin for keratoconjunctivitis has been limited to infections caused by microsporidia other than Enterocytozoon bieneusi and Vittaforma corneae, because of lack of activity of albendazole against these species.

For more information, please see What’s New in the Guidelines on the National Institutes of Health website.

Post Date Wednesday, January 18, 2017 


Two Texas HIV Medication Program Policy Revisions Available for Public Comment

Proposed changes to two DSHS Texas HIV Medication Program policies, “HIV/STD Medication Pharmacy Eligibility Criteria” and “HIV Medications Ordering Process for Pharmacies,” have been posted for public review and comment.

Please send your comments to Juanita Salinas. Public comment will be accepted until January 8, 2017.

Post Date Thursday, December 15, 2016


World AIDS Day in Texas – 2016

World AIDS DayThe 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.

AMARILLO

The Amarillo Department of Public Health HIV Prevention Program will host several World AIDS Day testing events:

  • Free HIV, hepatitis C, and syphilis testing at Amarillo Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse at 803 South Rusk Street in Amarillo was held November 29 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Free HIV, hepatitis C, and syphilis testing at Amarillo Transitional Treatment Center, Outpatient at 210 South Western in Amarillo on November 30 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • World AIDS Day services and free HIV, hepatitis C, and syphilis testing at Amarillo Metropolitan Community Church 2123 South Polk Street in Amarillo on December 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

To learn more, e-mail Marcus Nerios.

BEAUMONT

Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas hosted a World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast at 740 Hospital Drive on November 30 at 8:00 a.m. To learn more, e-mail Cordella Lyon.

BEEVILLE

Women’s & Men’s Health Services of the Coastal Bend (WAMHS) will staff an information table and offer free HIV testing at Coastal Bend College-Beeville at 3800 Charco Road in Beeville on November 30. To learn more, e-mail Cindi LeBus.

BROWNSVILLE

Valley AIDS Council will host a World AIDS Event promoting HIV testing and PrEP at Hueso de Fraile at 837 East Elizabeth Street in Brownsville on December 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To learn more, e-mail Oscar Lopez.

CORPUS CHRISTI

Women’s & Men’s Health Services of the Coastal Bend (WAMHS) will be teaming with local college campuses to offer World AIDS Day activities throughout the week:

  • WAMHS staffed an information table and offered free HIV testing at Del Mar Community College at 101 Baldwin Boulevard in Corpus Christi on November 29.
  • WAMHS will staff an information table and offer free HIV testing at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi at 6300 Ocean Drive in Corpus Christi on December 1.

To learn more, e-mail Cindi LeBus.

DALLAS

AIDS Arms is hosting three events on World AIDS Day:

  • A testing event is scheduled at the Trinity Health and Wellness Center at 219 Sunset Avenue, Suite 116-A in Dallas on December 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free rapid HIV and syphilis testing will be available. All people tested will be entered into a drawing for gift cards and other prizes. To learn more, contact Alex Ortega at 214-521-5191.
  • The General Consulate of Mexico in collaboration with AIDS Arms and LULAC Rainbow Council will host organizations that focus their work in promoting and protecting the rights of populations disproportionately affected by HIV in the North Texas area at the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas at 1210 River Bend Drive in Dallas on December 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. To learn more, contact Martha A. Guerrero at 214-521-5191.
  • A testing event is scheduled at the Walgreens, at 3802 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas on December 1 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free rapid HIV and syphilis testing will be available for men who have sex with men. All people tested will be entered into a drawing for gift cards and other prizes. To learn more, contact Alex Ortega at 214-521-5191.

Parkland Hospital HIV Services Department has planned several events to raise HIV/AIDS awareness, show support for people living with HIV and commemorate people who have died as a result of this preventable disease:

  • Stop by the Private Dining Room in the New Parkland Hospital on November 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to learn more about HIV/AIDS and how Parkland’s HIV services is contributing to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for 2020 of “Getting to Zero” to eliminate the HIV epidemic. In addition to music, prizes, awareness videos and displays, ViiV and the AIDS Education Training Center will also provide presentations on “HIV 101” (beginning at noon) and “Mental Health and HIV” (beginning at 1:00 p.m.). CEUs will be provided. To learn more, e-mail Kendra Tevis.
  • Parkland’s Consumer Advisory Board will host a World AIDS Day Luncheon at Pappadeaux’s Seafood Restaurant at 3520 Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas on December 1 from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Participants must RSVP. To learn more or RSVP, e-mail Gregg Gunter.
  • The public is invited to a World AIDS Day balloon launch at the Amelia Court Clinic, 1936 Amelia Court in Dallas on December 1 at 2:00 p.m. This event will commemorate the lives lost as a result of AIDS and show support for individuals affected by HIV.  To learn more, e-mail Kendra Tevis.

UT Southwestern Community Prevention and Intervention Unit will partner with El Centro College Health Center to provide a World AIDS Day Resource Fair at the Multi-Cultural Center at El Centro College, 801 Main Street, Building A, 1st Floor in Dallas on December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To learn more, e-mail Louella Lewis.

DENTON

The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse will host the event “Stop Hoping Ignorance Vanishes: Start Talking” at Denton Public Library North Branch at 3020 North Locust Street in Denton on December 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event will address stigma through education while giving participants a chance to know their status by providing onsite HIV testing. To learn more, e-mail Sonny Muniz-Blake.

GALVESTON

Access Care of Costal Texas will commemorate World AIDS Day with several activities at their office at 707 23rd Street in Galveston on December 1. A NAMES Project Quilt panel and continuous screening of the film “The Last One” will be on display all day. A memorial service will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. featuring a display of the history of HIV, remarks by staff, the presentation of a proclamation from the city of Galveston, and a candlelight vigil at the Remembrance Wall. Refreshments will follow. To learn more, e-mail Mark Hinson.

The Gulf Coast Center in cooperation with Walgreens, College of the Mainland, Texas A&M-Galveston Campus, and Island Health Center will host several testing events in commemoration of World AIDS Day:

  • December 1 – HIV testing:
    • College of the Mainland in Texas City from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Walgreens, 4016 Highway 3 in Dickinson from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    • Walgreens, 2501 61st Street in Galveston from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • December 3 – An Evening of Magic with Daniel Bauer at College of the Mainland Auditorium in Texas City from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This event will present HIV information from the experiences of a longtime survivor through the art of magic. He will also address stigma in our community and hold a Q & A.

To learn more about these events, e-mail Rosalind Meeks Crockett.

HOUSTON

The African American State of Emergency Task Force will present a World AIDS Day Gala at the Deluxe Theater, 3303 Lyons Avenue in Houston on December 3 from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. The gala is a night to honor those who work in the trenches of HIV prevention and will include food, awards, and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at the event website. To learn more, call 903-357-0385.

Avenue 360 Health and Wellness (formerly known as Houston Area Community Services) and Bering Omega Community Services will hold a Twilight Meditation at the Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon Street on December 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Those gathering will share support and solidarity with the millions of people living with and impacted by HIV/AIDS. To learn more, e-mail Evelio Salinas Escamilla.

Change Happens will provide HIV testing at several locations on December 1 including the northern Third Ward area, on the campus of Texas Southern University (in collaboration with the SHAPE Initiative), and in Montrose (in collaboration with Bayou City club). They will be conducting high impact outreach efforts to get clients tested and to disseminate information and referrals to PrEP services. To learn more, e-mail Sam Brown.

Harris Health System – Thomas Street Health Center will host their 17th Annual World AIDS Day Observance at Thomas Street Health Center, 2015 Thomas Street in Houston, on December 1 starting at 1:00 p.m. The observance will start with a commemoration including a discussion of the current state of HIV/AIDS care. The Tree of Remembrance dedication will begin at 2:00 p.m. Ornaments are hung to honor to those patients and staff that have passed from AIDS. Attendees are encouraged to bring an ornament to add to the tree. To learn more, e-mail Jeffery Benavides.

KINGSVILLE

Women’s & Men’s Health Services of the Coastal Bend (WAMHS) will staff an information table and offer free HIV testing at Texas A&M University-Kingsville at 955 University Boulevard in Kingsville on November 30. To learn more, e-mail Cindi LeBus.

LAREDO

The City of Laredo Health Department is partnering with the local HIV/AIDS Consortia to host a candlelight vigil at 1115 Chihuahua Street in Laredo on December 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This event will be held in remembrance of those lost to HIV/AIDS while demonstrating support to all those people living with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones. The event will include presenters that will share personal stories about how this disease has impacted their lives. To learn more, e-mail Manny Sanchez.

LONGVIEW

NAACP, Special Health Resources, the Area Agency on Aging of East Texas, and PFLAG Longview are partnering to present a World AIDS Day Event “Getting to Zero” at St. Andrews Presbyterian, 2500 McCann Road in Longview on December 1 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event will feature a local AIDS Quit display, a skit by Lift 37, poetry reading, candlelight ceremony, the 2016 World AIDS Day Recognition Award, and Memorial Tribute to those we’ve lost to HIV. There will also be free HIV testing followed by a reception. To learn more, contact Kim Taylor or Lesia Manning at 903-212-4665.

LUBBOCK

StarCare Specialty Health System will bring their outreach van to several Lubbock-area locations to provide free HIV testing along with water, snacks and education on December 1, 2 and 3. Listen to the radio for locations and times. To learn more, e-mail Tamara Tucker or Kris Galvan.

MCALLEN

Valley AIDS Council will host a World AIDS Event promoting HIV testing and PrEP at the Valley AIDS Council office parking lot at 300 South 2nd Street in McAllen on December 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To learn more, e-mail Oscar Lopez.

ODESSA

PBCC Basin Assistance Services (BAS) in cooperation with University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) and DSHS Region 9/10 will host a World AIDS Day event at the UTPB Student Activity Center at 4901 East University Odessa on December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A speaker will discuss personal experiences of being positive at 11:30 a.m., followed by a balloon release at noon. Everyone who tests will receive a raffle ticket for a drawing for a bike donated by the UTPB M.U.S.E. Club. Anyone who tests will also be given the opportunity to participate in the BAS football throw for a chance to win prizes. Refreshments will also be served. To learn more, e-mail Delfina Ponce.

RICHARDSON

AIDS Arms in collaboration with Community, Unity, Respect and Education (C.U.R.E.) and the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) is hosting a World AIDS Day testing event at the UTD Dallas Student Wellness Center, 800 West Campbell Road in Richardson on December 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free rapid HIV and syphilis testing will be available. To learn more, contact Alex Ortega at 214-521-5191.

SAN ANTONIO

Center for Health Care Services will host their 2nd Annual World AIDS Day Celebration at Artpace San Antonio – Rooftop at 445 North Main Avenue in San Antonio on December 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The goal of the event is “Fighting against STIGMA - Standing Together Igniting Generations Moving Ahead.” To learn more, e-mail JaVanka Johnson.

SHERMAN

Callie Clinic will join Austin College at Wynne Chapel at 900 North Grand Avenue in Sherman on December 1 starting at 7:00 p.m. to commemorate World AIDS Day. The event will remember those who have passed away with poetry reading and music. To learn more about this event or obtain free HIV testing, contact Misty at 903-891-1972.

SUGAR LAND

The Fort Bend County HIV/STD Coalition will hold a World AIDS Day testing event at the University of Houston-Sugar Land, 14000 University Boulevard, George Building Rotunda in Sugar Land on December 1 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. The event will feature free HIV testing for everyone and a $15.00 gift card for the first 200 people to get tested. To learn more, e-mail Sha'Terra Johnson-Fairley.

TYLER

BE-Prepared.org and Dr. Kimberly Parker of Texas Woman’s University are partnering with Texas Black Women’s Initiative and Special Health Resources to present the play "Lend Us Your Voice" by Dr. Kimberly Parker on December 1 at St. Louis Baptist Church, 4000 Frankston Highway in Tyler starting at 5:00 p.m. The event will also include a poetry reading, a speaker living with HIV, and free HIV testing. A reception will follow. To learn more, contact LaShan Flowers at 903-533-5208.

Post Date Wednesday, November 30, 2016


What is Your Agency Doing for World AIDS Day?

The annual observance of World AIDS Day will take place December 1, 2016. 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/Viral Hepatitis Unit 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 Monday, November 28 at 5:00 pm to Dan Warr.

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

Post Date Monday, November 21, 2016


Reminder: National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and Other Health Disparities

The “National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and Other Health Disparities” will be held in Dallas on January 19-22, 2017. Agencies that contract with DSHS to provide HIV/STD services may use contractual travel funds to support staff attendance at this conference. Texas residents are offered a special registration rate of $275.00. Exhibitor and poster presentation opportunities are still available.

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

Post Date Monday, November 21, 2016


2016 HIV/AIDS & Aging Symposium

The 2016 HIV/AIDS & Aging Symposium is scheduled for December 2 at St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin. The symposium will feature keynote speaker Shelley L. Imholte who will be discussing “Sexuality and Aging.”

To learn more, visit the symposium website.

Post Date Monday, November 21, 2016


Request for Application for Routine HIV Screening in Healthcare Settings

The DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch announces this Request for Application (RFA) to provide sustainable, integrated, routine, opt-out screening for HIV in healthcare settings in hospital systems, emergency services, primary care, and community health centers that serve under- and uninsured populations in high morbidity areas in Texas. The open date for this RFA is November 17 at 3:00 p.m. CT and the Agency Requisition Number is 537-17-0147. To learn more and to apply, visit the RFA page on the Texas Comptroller website. Please contact Rebecca Martinka (512) 406-2477 with any questions about this RFA.

Post Date Monday, November 14, 2016


DSHS Releases Short New Video Promoting Routine HIV Screening

DSHS recently posted a new video titled, “Routine HIV Screening Information for Providers – Test Texas HIV Coalition.” The video gives a short introduction to the need for routine screening for HIV and links to the resources providers can use to start screening in their practice. DSHS has also produced several other videos explaining the value of routine screening for HIV at family planning centers, emergency departments, and community health centers. Resources to implement routine screening can also be found on the Test Texas HIV Coalition website, www.testtexashiv.org.

View the new video on YouTube.

Post Date Monday, November 14, 2016


New Fact Sheets Show Characteristics of HIV-Positive Adults in Care

The CDC, DSHS, and the City of Houston recently released three fact sheets drawn from data collected by the Medical Monitoring Project (MMP) between 2009 and 2014. The weighted data presented are representative of HIV-positive adults in care in the United States, Texas, and Houston, respectively. The fact sheets include:

  • Characteristics of HIV-positive adults in care
  • HIV treatment and prevention measures
  • Met and unmet needs for services
  • Sexual behavior and substance use
  • STD screenings and flu vaccinations

To view these three fact sheets, visit the Texas MMP webpage.

Post Date Monday, November 14, 2016


Updates in HIV Testing Technologies Webinar

The webinar, “Updates in HIV Testing Technologies,” is scheduled for Monday, December 5 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CST. Bernard Branson, MD, of Scientific Affairs, LLC, and Joanne Stekler, MD, MPH, of the University of Washington will present. To learn more and to register, visit the webinar website.

Post Date Monday, November 14, 2016


Webinar: HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: What Obstetrician-Gynecologists Need to Know

The webinar “HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: What Obstetrician-Gynecologists Need to Know” is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26 from 12-1 p.m. CT. Presenters will provide an overview of PrEP for OB/GYN, including:

  • Describing how considerations of PrEP fit within standard OB/GYN practice
  • Reviewing the evidence base for HIV PrEP
  • Describing current CDC and ACOG recommendations for PrEP for women
    • Identifying candidates eligible for PrEP
    • Describing baseline and ongoing counseling and monitoring of patients receiving PrEP
    • Discussing PrEP use during periconception, pregnancy, and breastfeeding periods
  • Recognizing access and cost issues related to PrEP
  • Describing available resources for additional information and support

This webinar is jointly provided by The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and CDC’s Expert Panel on HIV Reproductive Health and Preconception Care. Continuing education for this activity is available. To learn more and to register, visit the webinar website.

Post Date Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Training: Ethics of Risk and Harm Reduction

An Ethics of Risk and Harm Reduction training sponsored by Cardea and DSHS has been scheduled for November 18 in Austin. This training seminar and client panel focuses on principles and strategies of harm reduction related to substance use and sexual behavior. Participants will learn to:

  • Identify the continuum of risk related to substance use and sexual behavior
  • Differentiate between harm reduction and risk reduction in theory and in practice
  • Discuss legal and ethical issues related to harm reduction
  • Apply client and community centered principles and strategies to help those at risk

An interactive panel will help participants enhance services by engaging directly with local clients. To learn more and to register, visit the TRAIN Texas website.

Post Date Wednesday, October 19, 2016


National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and Other Health Disparities

The “National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and Other Health Disparities” will be held in Dallas on January 19-22, 2017. This conference aims to provide:

  • An opportunity to present research and community-defined evidence practices that demonstrate promising outcomes in achieving the goals National HIV/AIDS Strateg
  • A venue for the new generation of HIV public health professionals to collaborate, innovate and help shape the future of African-American MSM/YMSM public health matter
  • A venue to present, discusses, and examine social determinants of health in the context spirituality, religiosity, and faith through the perspectives of black gay men
  • An inclusive networking and knowledge exchange forum at the national level to identify, discuss and troubleshoot the intersection of health equity, social justice across a range of disciplines and sectors that define the experiences of black gay men

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

Post Date Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Reminder: 2nd Annual Strength Conference for Men Living with HIV

The 2nd Annual Strength Conference for Men Living with HIV will be held November 11-13 at the Embassy Suites Love Field in Dallas. The conference is a weekend offering a safe space for support, empowerment, and education, along with fun and fellowship. This three-day event will be filled with educational seminars, speakers, breakout sessions, and an opportunity to build skills and leadership, share experiences, mentor new leaders, and support veteran leaders. The conference is presented by AIDS Walk South Dallas, Inc.

Registration is $50.00 and includes conference bag with materials, sleeping room, meals (except breakfast provided by hotel), evening reception, workshops, exhibit hall, complimentary parking, complimentary internet access and all special events. Need-based scholarships are available.

To learn more or to register, visit the conference registration page.

Post Date Wednesday, October 19, 2016


AIDSinfo Releases New Consumer Fact Sheets and a New Infographic

AIDSinfo, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recently released four new fact sheets and one new infographic to their collection of consumer education materials.

Visit AIDSinfo to view all education materials and infoSIDA to view materials in Spanish.

Post Date Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Treating All Patients with Respect: Cultural Proficiency at the Border and Beyond

A new free online eLearning course “Treating All Patients with Respect: Cultural Proficiency at the Border and Beyond” is now available. This self-paced course is not a webinar or live event. You may take it when and where you like and proceed at your own pace.

Clinicians who see border populations often do not know how best to incorporate patients’ cultural and life situations into their counseling and care. This can lead to a patient not accessing or returning for care, which has serious implications for patients with a chronic disease such as HIV.

Participants will learn to integrate cultural proficiency skills and plan care in a manner that is clinically and culturally appropriate for patient and client circumstances. Providers will be able to establish more trusting relationships with clients through culturally proficient communication skills.

Free CHW, SW, LPC and CNE continuing education credit is offered to those who complete the course.

To learn more, visit the Cardea website.

Post Date Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Change in HIV Testing at the DSHS Lab

Update: The date for the change in HIV testing at the DSHS Lab has moved to October 1, 2016.

Effective September 1, 2016, the DSHS Laboratory in Austin began using the new HIV diagnostic testing algorithm. HIV screening is now performed by the 5th generation HIV Ag-Ab Multiplex using BioPlex 2200 for HIV detection. Results of this test distinguish between the presence of HIV antibodies or antigen in one specimen. Additional supplemental tests are automatically performed to confirm the presence of antibodies to HIV-1 or HIV-2 and HIV-1 p24 antigen by a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) performed by the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services. A single HIV report will be released with interpretation guidelines. The serum specimen acceptance criteria for the testing will not change.

HIV Ag-Ab assay is an important development for HIV testing that improves the ability to detect HIV infections earlier. The new diagnostic testing algorithm will perform better than the current algorithm for identifying HIV infections by reducing turnaround time and reporting results for all of the individual HIV analytes (HIV-1 Ab, HIV-2 Ab, and HIV-1 p24 Ag). With the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the GeeniusTM HIV 1 / 2 Supplemental assay for use as the second test in this algorithm, the DSHS laboratory adopted this algorithm.

HIV-1 EIA for Oral Fluid (Avioq) and Western Blot (WB) for serum and Dried Blood (Bio-Rad) and Oral Fluid (OraSure) samples were discontinued effective September 1, 2016. Multispot was discontinued and replaced with GeeniusTM for confirmation for HIV-1 / HIV-2 antibodies.  NAAT will be performed only as a follow up test for the HIV screening using the new HIV diagnostic testing algorithm and will not be offered as a standalone test at the DSHS Laboratory.

To learn more, contact the DSHS Serology Team at 512-776-7657.

Post Date Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Foundations of HIV Counseling and Testing Training

A Foundations of HIV Counseling and Testing (FCT) training is scheduled for November 30-December 2 in Austin. This course is required for all new DSHS HIV Prevention counseling/testing staff and new testing and linkage supervisors unfamiliar with Protocol Based Counseling (PBC)/FCT. 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. To learn more about this course, visit the training page.

To register for this training, visit Texas TRAIN.

Post Date Tuesday, September 20, 2016


DSHS Support Documents for CDC Funding Announcement PS 17-1704

The DSHS HIV/STD/TB/Viral Hepatitis Unit has published the following support documents for potential applicants to the recently released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) PS 17-1704: Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Projects for Young Men of Color Who Have Sex with Men (YMSM) and Young Transgender (YTG) Persons of Color

‎The documents include an orientation to the state rules, policies, procedures and requirements potential applicants must follow. We have also posted information on HIV epidemiology and the continuum of care for the populations that need to be targeted.

Processes for obtaining required Attachments B (Health Department Targeted HIV Testing/Partner Services Letter of Agreement) and F (Health Department Letter of Support) to include in your CDC application are below. All potential applicants must attest to their understanding of the Texas rules, policies and procedures and requirements included in the support documents.

  1. Please contact Dolores Alvarez, Manager HIV/STD Prevention Services Group to schedule a conference call to review required Attachment B (PDF : 192 kb) and Attachment F (PDF : 139 kb). All conference calls must be held by August 31, 2016.
  2. Prior to the scheduled phone call, each applicant’s leadership and project management must have previously reviewed and attested compliance with state laws, rules, regulations pertaining to HIV testing and Partner Services and issues outlined in Attachment B.
  3. TWO days prior to the scheduled phone call, the applicant must send a summary or an abstract of the applicant’s proposal, detailing intent to apply for either CATEGORY A or CATEGORY B and listing the proposed service areas to Dolores Alvarez.

The CDC has scheduled a Pre-Application Technical Assistance Conference Call for the PS17-1704 on August 23 at 1:00 p.m. CST. This call provides potential applicants the opportunity to ask CDC representatives specific questions related to the FOA. Pre-registration is not required for this conference call. Please check the PS17-1704 website for call logistics.

We look forward ‎to working with you on this initiative, and thank you for your continued provision of high-quality HIV prevention services for all Texans.

Post Date Friday, August 16, 2016


Overflow Accommodations for the 2016 Texas HIV/STD Conference

2016 Texas HIV/STD Conference logoIf you are unable to secure a reservation at the Renaissance Hotel, site of the 2016 Texas HIV/STD Conference on October 4-6, 2016, please secure a reservation at one of the following overflow hotels:

Hyatt House Austin Arboretum
10001 North Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, Texas 78759
Reservations by Phone: 866-974-9288
Reference Group Code: G-DHS1
Online Reservations
Reservations Deadline: September 2, 2016
Rate: $135 per night plus tax
Rate includes complimentary: full, hot breakfast buffet daily; Wi-Fi throughout the property; parking; and shuttle service within 5 mile radius.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites
10711 Research Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78759
Reservations by Phone (Direct): 512-346-5555
Reservations by Phone (Toll-Free): 800-465-4329
Group Name: Texas HIV/STD Conference
Reservations Deadline: September 12, 2016
Rate: $135 per night plus tax
Rate includes complimentary: shuttle to/from the Renaissance Arboretum Hotel; parking; Wi-Fi Access in room and throughout hotel; hot breakfast served daily; and welcome reception on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Post Date Friday, August 19, 2016


New Draft HIV Service Category Standards and Monitoring Tools

The DSHS HIV Care Services team continues to write minimum standards and associated monitoring tools for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV service categories. This process included coordination with Administrative Agencies receiving Ryan White/State Service Funds and Ryan White Part A Grantees. The purpose of these standards is to ensure that minimum activities are being provided to all people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Texas. The purpose of the monitoring tools is to assist providers in providing quality care in each service category to PLWHA wherever services are being provided.

Final draft Service Category Final Standards and Monitoring Tools have been written for the following service categories:

  1. Local AIDS Pharmaceutical Assistance (LPAP)Standards (PDF : 375 kb) | Monitoring tool (Word : 48 kb)
  2. Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) - Standards (PDF : 358 kb) | Monitoring tool (Word : 40 kb)

As part of this process we are asking 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 send your comments to Teena Edwards. Public comment will be accepted until September 19, 2016.

Post Date Friday, August 19, 2016


2016 Texas HIV/STD Program Award Nominations Due August 24

2016 Texas HIV/STD Conference logoHave you or someone you work with made an award-worthy contribution to HIV/STD prevention, care, or treatment in Texas? The 2016 Texas HIV/STD Conference Planning Committee is now seeking nominations for the Casey S. Blass Award for Excellence and Achievement in HIV/STD Prevention and Care. All nominations must be received by Wednesday, August 24 at 5:00 p.m.

The Texas Public Health Association and DSHS will present this award to the winning nominee during the Texas HIV/STD Conference on October 4-6. The award recipient will win an engraved plaque and up to $2,500 in reimbursement for registration and travel expenses to attend an HIV/STD-related conference of the recipient’s choice. The nomination form and selection criteria are available at the conference website.

Post Date Friday, August 19, 2016


DSHS Pharmacy Branch Closed for Inventory on August 31

The DSHS Pharmacy Branch will be closed on Wednesday, August 31 for fiscal year-end inventory. The Pharmacy Branch warehouse will not process any program medication orders on this day in order to conduct the annual physical inventory count. Please prepare accordingly and place your medication orders prior to Tuesday, August 30. The branch will resume order processing as usual on Thursday, September 1.

If you have questions, please contact Francela Brazil Williams.

Post Date Friday, August 19, 2016


OraSure Launches Hepatitis C Grant Program

OraSure has established an HCV Grant Program designed to foster innovative approaches to Hepatitis C (HCV) testing by providing an opportunity to evaluate models that demonstrate the effective use of rapid HCV testing in public health settings. OraSure encourages applications from public health entities that will use the program to help demonstrate the effective use of rapid HCV screening in identifying positive patients and linking them to care.

Who should apply?

  • Public health entities that have not deployed rapid HCV testing
  • Public health professionals who are looking at implementing the use of rapid HCV testing in non-traditional settings
  • Community-based organizations considering the use of rapid HCV testing in their clinics or outreach events

What will the winning applicants receive?

  • Up to 300 OraQuick® HCV Rapid Antibody Test kits
  • Up to $5,000 in funding to support data collection and analysis

Grant applications must be completed and submitted by September 1, 2016. For full information, please visit the OraSure grant website.

Post Date Friday, August 19, 2016


CDC Offers Public Health Policy Trainings

CDC recently announced the launch of two new courses focusing on policy development for public health.

The Policy Analysis course introduces the learner to the CDC policy process and provides specific instruction on the policy analysis component of the process. Instructional content will result in the learner having a better understanding of what policy analysis is, its use in assessing policy options, and how it can contribute to public health's role in policy.

The Policy Evaluation course provides instruction on using evaluation methods throughout the policy process. This introductory course will help the learner apply the CDC Evaluation Framework to conduct an evaluation of adopted policies that may impact public health.

Both courses are available on Texas TRAIN and CDC TRAIN.

Post Date Friday, August 19, 2016


Healthy Relationships Facilitator Training

A Healthy Relationships Training of Facilitators has been scheduled for August 23-26, 2016 in San Antonio. Healthy Relationships is a five-session, small-group intervention for men and women living with HIV/AIDS. It is based on Social Cognitive Theory and focuses on developing skills and building self-efficacy and positive expectations about new behaviors through modeling behaviors and practicing new skills.

To learn more and to register for this training, visit the Effective Interventions website. Registration closes on August 9.

Post Date Monday, August 8, 2016


Webinar: HIV Testing Recommendations for Women: An Important Step to Achieve Perinatal HIV Elimination

The CDC is sponsoring the webinar “HIV Testing Recommendations for Women: An Important Step to Achieve Perinatal HIV Elimination” on Friday, August 19, 2016 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. CT. The webinar will cover the rationale for HIV testing in women, the updated CDC testing algorithm, how updates to the HIV algorithm can impact care providers when ordering and interpreting HIV tests, and examples of missed opportunities in HIV testing.

Continuing education for this activity is pending. See final announcement for details.

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

Post Date Monday, August 8, 2016


Equity in Texas: Bold Beginnings, Courageous Paths, Igniting Our Future

The Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities is hosting the HHS Cross-Systems Summit on August 16-17 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos. The 2016 theme is Equity in Texas: Bold Beginnings, Courageous Paths, Igniting Our Future.

This year's summit celebrates the history of equity work in Texas and honors the people, leaders, agencies, organizations, and communities that are creating sustainability for the future of equity work in Texas and beyond. The summit features breakout sessions both days and will be a great opportunity to collaborate around ways to address disproportionality and disparities and improve outcomes for communities across Texas.

Space is limited, so register today. To learn more, visit the 2016 Cross-Systems Summit event page or contact the event coordinators: info@cedd-cross-summit.com or 877-451-8700.

Post Date Friday, July 15, 2016


Training: Ethics of Risk and Harm Reduction

An Ethics of Risk and Harm Reduction training sponsored by Cardea and DSHS has been scheduled for November 4 in Austin. This training seminar and client panel focuses on principles and strategies of harm reduction related to substance use and sexual behavior.

Participants will learn to:

  • Identify the continuum of risk related to substance use and sexual behavior.
  • Differentiate between harm reduction and risk reduction in theory and in practice.
  • Discuss legal and ethical issues related to harm reduction.
  • Apply client and community centered principles and strategies to help those at risk.

The interactive panel will help you enhance services by engaging directly with local clients.

To learn more and to register, visit the TRAIN Texas website.

Post Date Friday, July 15, 2016


2nd Annual Strength Conference for Men Living with HIV

The 2nd Annual Strength Conference for Men Living with HIV will be held November 11-13 at the Embassy Suites Love Field in Dallas. The conference is a weekend offering a safe space for support, empowerment, and education, along with fun and fellowship. This three-day event will be filled with educational seminars, speakers, breakout sessions, and an opportunity to build skills and leadership, share experiences, mentor new leaders, and support veteran leaders. The conference is presented by AIDS Walk South Dallas, Inc.

To learn more or to register, visit the conference registration page.

Post Date Friday, July 15, 2016 


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Texas HIV/STD Job Postings

February 14, 2017

Austin – City of Austin Public Health seeks:

Dallas – Prism Health North Texas seeks:

  • Associate Director of Clinical Research
  • Empowerment Coordinator
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse

Learn more [Prism]

San Antonio – DSHS Public Health Region 8 seeks Disease Intervention Specialist. Learn more

Menlo Park, California – Kaiser Family Foundation seeks Program Manager, Health Communication & Media Partnerships Program. Learn more [KFF]

 

January 18, 2017

Austin – DSHS TB/HIV/STD Epi Surveillance Branch seeks National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Project Coordinator. Learn more

Dallas – Prism Health North Texas seeks Licensed Vocational Nurse. Learn more [Prism] 

Dallas – The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse seeks:

  • Risk Reduction Specialist
  • HIV Early Intervention Case Manager

Email the Council to learn more or submit your resume.

San Antonio – Alamo Area Resource Center seeks PrEP Patient Navigator. Email Pedro Lora to learn more or to submit your resume.

 

December 15, 2016

Austin – Workers Assistance Program seeks HIV Connection Trainer. To learn more or submit your resume, e-mail Melissa Holt.

San Antonio – San Antonio Metropolitan Health District seeks:

 

November 30, 2016

Austin – DSHS TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch seeks National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Project Coordinator. Learn more

Austin – DSHS seeks Physician III. Learn more

Austin – City of Austin seeks Public Health Program Specialist II (Disease Intervention Specialist). Learn more [City of Austin]

Beaumont – DSHS Region 6/5 South seeks Disease Intervention Specialist. Learn more

Dallas – Resource Center seeks Case Manager – HIV. Learn more [Resource Center]

Houston – Harris County Public Health seeks:

  • HIV Prevention Program Coordinator & Outreach Specialist
  • HIV Risk Reduction Counselor

Please send resumes or requests for complete position description to Merci Cruz.

Houston – Legacy Community Health seeks Patient Educator/Navigator. Learn more [Legacy]

 

November 21, 2016

Austin – CommUnityCare seeks Data Entry Specialist. Learn more [Central Health]

 

November 14, 2016

Dallas – AIDS Arms seeks Health Insurance Premium & Cost Sharing Assistance Coordinator. position filled

Dallas – Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse seeks HIV Early Intervention Case Manager (bilingual preferred). Contact Sonny Blake to learn more or submit your resume

Houston – Houston Area Community Services, Inc. (HACS) seeks:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Substance Abuse Counselor (LCDC)

Learn more [HACS]

 

October 19, 2016

Austin – DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch seeks two Program Specialist IV (Public Health Follow Up Team Consultants). Learn more

Austin – DSHS TB and Refugee Health Services Branch seeks Administrative Assistant II. Learn more

Austin – Workers Assistance Program seeks HIV Connection Director. Contact Melissa Holt to learn more or submit your resume

Beaumont – Triangle Area Network seeks Executive Director. Learn more [TAN]

Dallas – AIDS Arms seeks:

  • Behavioral Intervention Specialis
  • Project CONNECT Linkage to Care Specialist

positions filled

Dallas – Legacy Counseling Center seeks Housing Case Manager. Contact Legacy to learn more or submit your resume

Dallas – Parkland Hospital seeks Bilingual HIV Test Counselor. position filled

Denton – University of North Texas Health Science Center seeks:

Fort Worth – Samaritan House seeks:

  • Medical Case Manager
  • Patient Navigator
  • Resident Care Coordinator

positions filled 

San Antonio – Alamo Area Resource Center seeks:

  • Medical Case Manager
  • Patient Navigator

Contact AARC to learn more or submit your resume

 

September 20, 2016

Austin – DSHS TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit seeks Viral Hepatitis Prevention and Surveillance Coordinator. Learn more

Austin – DSHS TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch seeks Epidemiology and Supplemental Projects Group Manager. Learn more

Austin – DSHS Infectious Disease Prevention Section seeks Physician III/Infectious Disease Medical Officer. Learn more

Dallas – Legacy Counseling Center seeks:

  • Case Manager
  • Housing Director

To learn more or to submit your resume, e-mail Legacy

Houston – Houston Area Community Services (HACS) seeks:

  • Nurse Manager
  • Psychiatric – Mental Health Nurse
  • Clinical Case Manager (LCSW)
  • Community Health Worker
  • Eligibility Worker
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dentist Part-time

Learn more [HACS]

 

August 19, 2016

San Antonio – Bexar County Department of Community Resources seeks HIV Contract Analyst. position filled

 

August 8, 2016

Austin – David Powell Clinic seeks Medical Social Services Supervisor. Learn more [CommUnityCare]

 

July 15, 2016

Austin - DSHS TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit Health Communications and Community Engagement Group seeks Program Specialist II. Learn more [DSHS]

Dallas – AIDS Arms seeks Prevention Program Director. position filled

Dallas – The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse seeks HIV Early Intervention Case Manager (bilingual preferred). To learn more or to submit your resume, e-mail Sonny at the Dallas Council

San Antonio – Alamo Area Resource Center seeks Case Manager. To learn more or to submit your resume, e-mail Dawn at AARCSA

Oakland, California – CARDEA seeks Training Coordinator. Learn more [CARDEA]

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