• DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (737) 255-4300

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    Email data requests to HIV/STD Program - This email can be used to request data and statistics on HIV, TB, and STDs in Texas. It cannot be used to get treatment or infection history for individuals, or to request information on programs and services. Please do not include any personal, identifying health information in your email such as HIV status, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, etc.

    For treatment/testing history, please contact your local Health Department.

    For information on HIV testing and services available to Persons Living with HIV and AIDS, please contact your local HIV services organization.

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Alert iconShortage of STI Test Kits and Laboratory Supplies

There is a current shortage of STI test kits and laboratory supplies, most notably for chlamydia and gonorrhea nucleic acid amplification tests (CT/GC NAAT). The shortages affect multiple diagnostic companies, public health and commercial laboratories. and impact several components of the specimen collection and testing process. Learn more about the shortage and the prioritization of testing while a solution to the shortage is found (PDF : 57 kB). 


Texas iconTexas Congenital Syphilis Symposium

The Denver Prevention Training Center and DSHS host the Texas Congenital Syphilis Symposium, a two-day virtual event held on October 6 and November 10, 2020. Continuing education is available for this event. To learn more and to register, see the symposium flyer (PDF : 599 kB).


Document logoHome Testing and Home Self-Collection Guidance Roll-Out

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 (PDF : 1,740 kB) | Home Testing and Self Collection Guidance (Word : 52 kB)


Texas iconCongenital Syphilis Cases on the Rise

Congenital syphilis cases reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services more than doubled last year amid an ongoing increase in syphilis among women of childbearing age and an enhanced public health effort to detect and track cases. There were 367 cases of congenital syphilis in Texas in 2018, up from 164 in 2017. Learn more


documentCDC Releases Update on Status of HIV Testing, Viral Suppression, and PrEP

CDC released Vital Signs: Status of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing, Viral Suppression, and HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis — United States, 2013–2018 [CDC] on December 3, 2019.


alertTreatment as Prevention

The CDC recently released a letter encouraging providers to continue spreading the word about the power of viral suppression to improve the health of people with HIV and to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV. For Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), the science is strong and clear; the data show that the effectiveness for ART with viral suppression is estimated to be 100% for preventing sexual transmission of HIV. Read the letter (PDF : 210 kB).


Alert iconHealth Advisory: Rapidly Growing Clusters of Ongoing HIV Transmission in Texas

DSHS encourages Texas healthcare providers to enhance efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat HIV in the wake of 16 rapidly growing clusters of HIV infections in the state. Laboratory analysis of these infections indicates sustained transmission of genetically similar types of HIV... read the Health Advisory: Rapidly Growing Clusters of Ongoing HIV Transmission in Texas (PDF : 327 kB) and read the Molecular HIV Surveillance - Genotype Clusters Talking Points (PDF : 189 kB)


This site contains HIV or STD messages that may not be deemed appropriate for all audiences. Since HIV and other STDs are spread primarily through sexual practices or by sharing needles, messages and programs may address these topics. If you are not seeking such information or may be offended by such materials, please exit this web site. Photos on this website are all posed by a model.


Last updated September 10, 2020