How We Prevent

Testing is prevention – ensure that your patients know their HIV status. Persons aware of their HIV infection and who are engaged in medical care are less like to transmit HIV to others. These tools will help you build an integrated, sustainable HIV screening program.

Essential Resources and Implementation Tools – These essential elements will ensure the successful implementation of your routine HIV screening program. Everything you need is here to help navigate through the process including Texas law regarding consent, delivering test results and reporting, HIV testing technology, medical and other support services, billing guidance, helpful hotlines and more.

Recommendations and Guidelines – Routine HIV screening is recommended as a standard of care in healthcare settings. Centers for Disease Control and the United States Preventive Services Task Force have published recommendations and guidelines to help clinicians implement routine HIV screening.

Trainings – Ensuring clinicians and support staff are aware of the benefits of routine HIV screening is the first step for a successful screening program. Be sure to train all staff including clinicians, support staff, as well as administrative leadership. 


RELATED INFORMATION

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Approximately 18,000 Texans are unaware of their HIV infection.


Knowledge is power. Learning one’s positive serostatus is the first step for newly diagnosed HIV patients to get linked to care and treated early in the disease process with the potential to have a nearly normal lifespan.
- C. Everett Koop, Former Surgeon General of the United States




Last updated May 1, 2018