HIV/STD Program

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) HIV/STD Program has the duty to identify, report, prevent, and control HIV, AIDS, and STDs in the State of Texas.

HIV/STD Basics
HIV/STD Basics

Healthcare Providers
Healthcare Providers

DSHS HIV/STD Contractors
DSHS HIV/STD Contractors

Reports, Data, and Policies
Reports, Data, and Policies


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Recent News

texasExploring an Epidemic: Congenital Syphilis in Texas Podcast

Exploring an Epidemic: Congenital Syphilis in Texas is a podcast series designed to increase awareness and build a shared knowledge in the management and prevention of syphilis and congenital syphilis for the public health workforce and their partner agencies who care for people of reproductive age and their babies. The series focuses on key strategies for providers, clinical administrators, clinic support staff, DIS, and the community to decrease the rising rate of syphilis and congenital syphilis in Texas. It aims to enhance syphilis screening, provide timely syphilis treatment, and work collaboratively to prevent new cases of congenital syphilis.

The podcast is a collaborative effort with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Congenital Syphilis team, PHFU staff, and Denver Prevention Training Center. Listeners can find the podcast on platforms such as Apple, Spotify, and Google podcast by searching, “Exploring an Epidemic: Congenital Syphilis in Texas.” Listen to the Exploring an Epidemic Podcast.

texasExpedited Partner Therapy

Sexually transmitted infections continue to increase despite years-long prevention efforts to reduce the transmission of undiagnosed infection. Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) is an intervention that has demonstrated successful outcomes by making it possible for providers to reach exposed partners who are unable or unwilling to come to the clinic. EPT is endorsed by CDC and many health organizations, like the Texas Medical Association. Learn more about Expedited Partner Therapy in Texas.

documentNew STI Guidelines

CDC recently released Sexually Transmitted Infections Treatment Guidelines, 2021. These guidelines provide current evidence-based diagnostic, management, and treatment recommendations, and serve as a source of clinical guidance for managing sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Learn more about the new STI guidelines.

texasTexas HIV Medication Program Moving Forward Together Partnership

The Moving Forward Together partnership was established in March 2021 to give community stakeholders an opportunity to learn about the financial challenges facing the Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) and provide input to DSHS on how best to address these challenges. Learn more about the Moving Forward Together Partnership.

document​Home Testing and Home Self-Collection Guidance

DSHS provided interim guidance on the creation of policies for the use of FDA-approved home testing kits for HIV, and Laboratory Developed Tests for self collection kits for HIV, STDs, hepatitis C, and tests required for PrEP prescriptions. This interim guidance is intended for use by programs funded or otherwise supported by the DSHS TB/HIV/STD Section. Learn more about home testing | Home Testing and Self Collection Guidance


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