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Texas HIV Medication Advisory Committee Meeting June 16

The next Texas HIV Medication Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Friday, June 16 from at 12:00 to 3:30 p.m. at: 

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

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Agenda

  1. Call to Order – Philip Keiser, M.D.
  2. Approval of previous meeting minutes (April 7, 2016) – Philip Keiser, M.D. and Committee
  3. Update on the Division for Disease Control and Prevention – Janna Zumbrun/Imelda Garcia
  4. Ryan White Part B Updates – Shelley Lucas
  5. Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) Budget Update – DSHS Staff
  6. AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)/State Pharmacy Assistance Program (SPAP) update reports – DSHS Staff
  7. ADAP Data Report Review – Rachel Sanor
  8. Discussion of THMP recertification process – Rachel Sanor
  9. Discussion of MAC role – Philip Keiser, M.D.
  10. Schedule next meeting – Philip Keiser, M.D.
  11. Public comments – Philip Keiser, M.D.
  12. Adjourn – Philip Keiser, M.D.

Post Date Tuesday, May 23, 2017


CDC Releases Call to Action to Reduce Syphilis

CDC’s Division of STD Prevention is calling on public and private sectors, as well as affected communities, to help reduce syphilis through research, prevention, and outreach. Historically low syphilis rates are in the rearview mirror, and today, we face increasing syphilis rates across almost every demographic.

You can read the CDC’s Call to Action: Let’s Work Together to Stem the Tide of Rising Syphilis in the United States on the CDC webpage.

Post Date Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Healthy Relationships Training of Facilitators

A Healthy Relationships Training of Facilitators (TOF) is scheduled for June 27-30 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 about this course, visit the Effective Interventions webpage.

To register for this training, visit Effective Interventions.

Post Date Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Personalized Cognitive Counseling Training of Counselors

A Personalized Cognitive Counseling Training of Counselors (TOC) is scheduled for July 26-27 in San Antonio. Personalized Cognitive Counseling (PCC)is an individual-level, single session counseling intervention designed to reduce high-risk intercourse (UAI) 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 about this course, visit the Effective Interventions webpage.

To register for this training, visit Effective Interventions.

Post Date Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Webinar: PrEP Clinical Provider Assessments and Directories

The webinar “PrEP Clinical Provider Assessments and Directories” is scheduled for Wednesday, May 31 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. CT.

Alyssa Guido from the Arizona AIDS Education and Training Center will share insights from the process of developing and administering the Arizona Statewide PrEP Provider Survey. The survey assesses gaps in providers’ knowledge, clinical capacity needs, and training preferences, in less than seven minutes. Alyssa will walk participants through the approach that her team took and discuss lessons learned from the process.

Shannon Weber, founder of PleasePrEPMe.org, will discuss the online, text, and phone navigation tools supported through the website. She will also discuss the project’s PrEP provider directory, done in collaboration with Emory University’s PrEP Locator, as well as state-specific resource pages and digital assets her team is developing in collaboration with health departments.

Materials to review in advance of the webinar will be shared to allow for an in-depth discussion during the webinar. Participants are also encouraged to submit questions in advance.

This program is the second in the NASTAD 2017 PrEP Financing and Access Webinar Series.

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

Post Date Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Webinar: Creating a Safety Net to Enhance Postpartum Retention in HIV Care

The webinar “Creating a Safety Net to Enhance Postpartum Retention in HIV Care: Tools and Resources for Providers” is scheduled for Thursday, June 19 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. CT. By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize factors associated with lack of engagement in HIV care postpartum
  • Describe components of routine, enhanced, and intensive postpartum case management services
  • Discuss how the tool “Safety Net to Enhance Postpartum Retention in HIV Care” could be utilized in your clinical setting to determine the level of services women need to support ongoing retention in HIV care postpartum.

Provided by CDC’s Elimination of Perinatal HIV Transmission Stakeholders Group.

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

Post Date Tuesday, May 23, 2017


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 drafts have been written for the following service categories:

  1. Mental Health Services -  Draft Standards (PDF : 47 kb) | Administrative Agency Comments (PDF : 192 kb)
  2. Psychosocial Support Services -   Draft Standards (PDF : 38 kb) | Administrative Agency Comments (PDF : 161 kb)
  3. Other Professional Services -   Draft Standards (PDF : 36 kb) | Administrative Agency Comments (PDF : 117 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.gov. Public comment will be accepted until June 15, 2017. Check the  draft standards page regularly for new drafts.

Post Date Tuesday, May 16, 2017


13th Annual Women & HIV International Clinical Conference Comes to San Antonio

The 13th Annual Women & HIV International Clinical Conference (WHICC) is scheduled for June 9-10, 2017 at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio Hotel in San Antonio. The conference will cover a variety of topics including:

  • Assisted reproduction for people with HIV
  • HIV in migrant populations
  • HIV and aging
  • Psychological-social aspects of Trans care
  • Retention in care/access to care

Continuing education is available for this conference.

Registration for this conference is free. To learn more and register, visit the WHICC website.

Post Date Friday, April 28, 2017


Increasing Your Marketing Effectiveness Webinar Series

The CDC-funded Capacity Building Assistance Provider Network is providing three webinars designed to help organizations understand and reach target audiences without a big marketing budget.

  • Understanding Your Target Audience
    April 27 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Central Time)
  • Strategy & Strategic Partners
    May 4 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Central Time)
  • Create & Implement
    May 11 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Central Time)

All content will also be available for download following each webinar on the Capacity Building Assistance Provider Network website.

To join the webinars at their scheduled dates and times, visit the webinar website.

Post Date Friday, April 28, 2017


New Draft HIV Service Category Standards - Non-Medical Case Management

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

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

  1. Non-Medical Case Management

As part of this process, DSHS asks providers, consumers, and interested stakeholders to review these documents and provide comments. We value your opinion and hope that you will take the time to review and give feedback. Please comment using the  Comments on Service Standard template (Word : 13 kb) and submit to Michelle.Berkoff@dshs.texas.gov. Public comment will be accepted until May 19, 2017. Comment responses will be posted to the draft standards page.

Post Date Monday, April 17, 2017


Grant Opportunity: Targeted Capacity Expansion for HIV Programs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced the grant, “Targeted Capacity Expansion-HIV Program: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High Risk for HIV/AIDS.” The purpose of this program is to increase engagement in care for racial and ethnic minority individuals with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders who are at risk for HIV or HIV-positive that receive HIV services/treatment.

To learn more about this grant, visit the SAMHSA website. The application due date is May 3, 2017.

Post Date Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Provider Learning Module on Teen Consent for Testing and Treatment

Texas Health Steps, in collaboration with HHSC, has produced a brief, interactive learning module for healthcare providers on the topic of teen consent and confidentiality. Consent for testing and treatment for STDs, reproductive health, and HIV are covered. The stages of adolescent development are also covered so that providers have a framework for evaluating a teen’s ability to consent. This quick course can be completed in only five minutes.

To view the course, visit the Texas Health Steps website.

Post Date Wednesday, April 5, 2017


New Guidelines for Vaccination for Persons Infected with HIV

The 2017 Advisory Council on Immunization Practices has announced new immunization practices for persons infected with HIV. These changes were effective on February 1. Key changes are:

  • Adults with anatomical or functional asplenia or persistent complement component deficiencies should receive a two-dose primary series of MenACWY, with doses administered at least 2 months apart, and revaccinate every 5 years. They should also receive a series of MenB with either MenB-4C (two doses administered at least 1 month apart) or MenB-FHbp (three doses administered at 0, 1–2, and 6 months).
  • Adults with HIV infection who have not been previously vaccinated should receive a two-dose primary MenACWY vaccination series, with doses administered at least 2 months apart, and be revaccinated every 5 years. Those who previously received one dose of MenACWY should receive a second dose at least 2 months after the first dose. MenB is not routinely recommended for adults with HIV infection, because meningococcal disease in this population is caused primarily by serogroups C, W, and Y.
  • Microbiologists who are routinely exposed to isolates of Neisseria meningitidis should receive one dose of MenACWY and be revaccinated every 5 years if the risk for infection remains, as well as either MenB-4C (two doses administered at least 1 month apart) or MenB-FHbp (three doses administered at 0, 1–2, and 6 months).
  • Adults at risk because of a meningococcal disease outbreak should receive one dose of MenACWY if the outbreak is attributable to serogroup A, C, W, or Y; or, if the outbreak is attributable to serogroup B, either MenB-4C (two doses administered at least 1 month apart) or MenB-FHbp (three doses administered at 0, 1–2, and 6 months).
  • Young adults aged 16 through 23 years (preferred age range is 16 through 18 years) who are healthy and not at increased risk for serogroup B meningococcal disease may receive either a two-dose series of MenB-4C at least 1 month apart or a two-dose series of MenB-FHbp at 0 and 6 months for short-term protection against most strains of serogroup B meningococcal disease.

To read the complete guidelines, visit the CDC website.

Post Date Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Video: Breaking the Silence Through Storytelling: Confronting Medical Mistrust to Advance HIV Prevention

Baltimore City's Health Department is using storytelling to address medical mistrust when it comes to HIV prevention and treatment in its community. Two programs, Baltimore in Conversation and Project Presence, bring members of the community together to share stories of accessing healthcare and HIV treatment. These projects aim to create dialogue among the people most impacted by HIV so that the causes of medical mistrust can begin to be addressed.

A video produced by Mehroz Baig at the San Francisco Department of Public Health's (SFDPH’s) Capacity Building Assistance program profiles the Baltimore initiatives and the people who are participating in them. You can view the video on the SFDPH website.

Post Date Wednesday, April 5, 2017


New Eligibility Procedures for Texas HIV Medication Program

Effective March 1, the Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) will implement revised program procedures related to recertification denials and eligibility determination. Details of these changes are outlined below.

  1. Clients found ineligible for THMP will now be disenrolled immediately. Previously, clients who were denied recertification were allowed to fill one additional bottle before finding other resources. Effective March 1, 2017, THMP has discontinued this practice.
  2. Incomplete applications will no longer be pended after August 31, 2017. Currently, incomplete applications are pended and the client is given the opportunity to complete the application. Applications classified as “Incomplete” include unsigned applications as well as those missing spousal income documents, missing pages, and missing residency documents, among other items.

Beginning September 1, 2017, applications will either be denied or approved. Incomplete applications will be denied and shredded. THMP will only pend applications in the following situations:

  1. Third party information was found that contradicts the client’s application (for example, information was found that indicates the client is married but they applied as single) and THMP is waiting for additional information that will resolve this conflict
  2. The client has an urgent need to enroll in the program (expedited) and can get missing information to the program within five days. Clients considered to have an urgent need include pregnant women, children under 18, those with CD4 counts under 100 (with lab slip), and those recently released from incarceration.

Clients and agency staff should be sure to copy and save all applications submitted to THMP in case there is a later need for resubmission. In addition, clients and agency staff should only send copies of supporting documents such as paystubs to THMP. Original documents should not be submitted.

THMP appreciates the significance of these changes to the community and welcomes requests for assistance or clarification. Please email Rachel Sanor at Rachel.sanor@dshs.texas.gov or call her at 512-533-3002 with questions. 

Post Date Thursday, March 16, 2017


Texas HIV Medication Advisory Committee Meeting April 7

The next Texas HIV Medication Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Friday, April 7 starting at 12:00 p.m. at:

Austin State Hospital  
Building 626 - Nifty Fifty Conference Room 
4110 Guadalupe Street 
Austin, Texas 78751 
The meeting is free and open to the public.

Agenda

  1. Call to Order – Philip Keiser, M.D.
  2. Approval of previous meeting minutes (June 17, 2016) – Philip Keiser, M.D. and Committee
  3. Update on the Division for Disease Control and Prevention – Janna Zumbrun/Imelda Garcia
  4. Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) Budget Update – DSHS Staff
  5. AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)/State Pharmacy Assistance Program (SPAP) update reports – DSHS Staff
  6. Discussion of consideration of addition of Egrifta to THMP formulary – DSHS Staff
  7. Discussion of THMP recertification process – Rachel Sanor
  8. Schedule next meeting – Philip Keiser, M.D.
  9. Public comments – Philip Keiser, M.D.
  10. Adjourn – Philip Keiser, M.D.

Post Date Thursday, March 16, 2017


STD Awareness Month: Syphilis Strikes Back

STD Awareness Month 2017 Syphilis Strikes Back #STDMonth17April is STD Awareness Month. This year, the CDC Division of STD Prevention will highlight the increase in syphilis in recent years through their awareness campaign: Syphilis Strikes Back.

Syphilis in Texas and across the U.S. is currently at levels that hasn’t been seen in more than 20 years. The Syphilis Strikes Back campaign will focus on weekly syphilis prevention themes with social media and web-based outreach efforts:

  • (April 1-8) | Syphilis in the U.S. – An overview of  what it is, how it’s affecting specific communities, and why this potentially dangerous health issue needs attention
  • (April 9-15) | Syphilis among gay, bisexual, and other MSM – Focus on the group hardest-hit by syphilis and what individuals and healthcare providers can do to help
  • (April 16-22) | Syphilis among women, pregnant women, and newborns – Focus on the increases among women and its impact on pregnant women and newborns, as well as what individuals and healthcare providers can do to help
  • (April 23-30) | Disrupt Syphilis! – The final week will focus on what actions are needed to tackle syphilis moving forward

The CDC Division of STD Prevention will soon be sharing fact sheets, brochures, online banners, STD testing site locators, and more. They will also have more information on social media plans, including sample messages anyone can use on their platforms.

Follow the Division of STD Prevention on Twitter and Facebook and visit their website to learn more.

Post Date Thursday, March 16, 2017


Streaming Videos from the DSHS Library

The DSHS Library provides streaming videos for many health, safety, and staff development titles. The library currently has 536 titles available on many different topics including HIV and STDs to stream through six different providers.

Visit the DSHS AV Library website to learn more. Email the library or call 512-776-7260 with questions.

Post Date Thursday, March 16, 2017


2017 National Latino HIV and Hepatitis C Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 National Latino HIV and Hepatitis C Conference to be held May 22-24 in South Padre Island, Texas. This is the third annual national conference focusing exclusively on how HIV and Hepatitis C impact the Latino community. Join more than 450 national leaders and healthcare professionals to discuss the treatment and care needs of Latino communities impacted by HIV and Hepatitis C.

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

Post Date Thursday, March 16, 2017


PrEP Implementation Webinar

A PrEP Implementation Webinar is scheduled for March 28 from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Hosted by the CDC Capacity Building Assistance Provider Network (CPN), this webinar will discuss new models for PrEP implementation for healthcare providers working in clinical settings to help them provide PrEP to the patients who need it the most. It will also offer several perspectives on how to implement PrEP within healthcare organizations.

Continuing education is available for this webinar.

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

Post Date Thursday, March 16, 2017


New PrEP CME Activity

HealthHIV has announced an updated and expanded professional development course: HealthHIV’s HIV Primary Care Training and Certificate ProgramTM. The free online program, comprised of five self-paced, staged courses has been designed to meet the educational needs of primary care providers (medical doctors, doctors of osteopathic medicine, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of individuals at-risk for or infected with HIV.

The course covers five main topics:

  1. HIV Management in Primary Care: Foundations Course
  2. Core Skills for HIV Management in the Primary Care Setting
  3. Considerations in the Management of HIV in Older Adults
  4. Improving Communication in the Clinical Setting
  5. Assessment and Treatment Decisions in HIV/HCV Co-Infection

Continuing education is available to those who qualify.

Visit the HealthHIV course website to learn more.

Post Date Thursday, March 16, 2017


New Draft HIV Service Category Standards - Medical Case Management

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

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

  1. Medical Case Management –  Draft Standards |  Administrative Agency Comments

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 April 17, 2017. Comment responses will be posted to the  draft standards page.

Post Date Wednesday, March 15, 2017


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

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

The final draft has been written for the following 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 |  Administrative Agency Comments
  2. Outpatient/Ambulatory Health Services (OAHS) –  Draft Standards |  Administrative Agency Comments

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


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May 23, 2017

Austin – AIDS Services of Austin’s Jack Sansing Dental Clinic seeks Staff Dentist. Learn more [ASA]

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

Dallas – Prism Health North Texas seeks Linkage to Care Specialist. Learn more [Prism]

Fort Worth – AIDS Outreach Center seeks:

  • Risk Reduction Specialist
  • Outreach Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Medical Case Manager
  • Patient Navigator
  • Accounting Assistant/Accounting Data Specialist
  • Contract Counselor
  • Bilingual HIV/STD Testing Specialist

Learn more [AOC]

 

April 28, 2017

Fort Worth – Health Education Learning Project seeks HIV Testing Specialist. Learn more [HELP]

Houston – Avenue 360 Health and Wellness seeks:

  • Chief Medical Officer
  • Family Medicine Physician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • X-Ray Technician (LMRT)
  • Medical Receptionist

Learn more [Avenue360]

Nacogdoches – Brown Family Health Center (formerly known as Health Horizons of East Texas) seeks Executive Director. To apply, submit cover letter, resume, and three current letters of reference including one from a direct supervisor to: Brown Family Health Center, c/o Haglund Law Firm, PO BOX 713, Lufkin, Texas 75902-0713

 

April 5, 2017

Dallas – Legacy Counseling Center seeks Associate Executive Director. To learn more or submit your resume, contact Legacy Counseling Center.

Dallas – Prism Health North Texas seeks Risk Reduction/Data Entry Specialist – Testing. Learn more [Prism Health]

 

March 16, 2017

Dallas – AIDS Healthcare Foundation seeks Contracts Manager. Learn more [AHF]

Dallas – Prism Health North Texas seeks:

  • Case Manager
  • Case Manager II
  • Case Management Supervisor
  • Risk Reduction Specialist – Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

Learn more [Prism Health]

Fort Worth – AIDS Outreach Center seeks a Bilingual English/Spanish Testing Specialist. Learn more [AOC]

San Antonio – San Antonio Metro Health District seeks Community Services Specialist (PrEP Engagement Specialist). Learn more [SAMetro]

 

February 14, 2017

Austin – City of Austin Public Health seeks:

Dallas – Prism Health North Texas seeks:

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

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. position filled

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:

  • Licensed Social Worker
  • Public Health Nurse

positions filled

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]


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