• DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: 737-255-4300

    Email the HIV/STD Program

    Email HIV, STD, Hepatitis C, and TB data requests to the Program – This email can be used to request data and statistics on HIV, STDs, Hepatitis C, and TB 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, please contact your local HIV services organization.

HIV and STDs

What are HIV and STDs?

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). STDs are Sexually Transmitted Diseases, which include HIV and other infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, and HPV.

How are HIV and other STDs passed?HIV and STDs logo

The most common method of infection for HIV and other STDs is through sexual contact (vaginal, anal, or oral sex). Many infections can also be passed through sharing needles, contact with infected blood, or from mother to baby during pregnancy or at birth. HIV and other STDs are not passed casually by such activities as hugging or shaking hands. Each infection is different. See the list of STDs on the right for more information on each type of STD.

What are the symptoms of HIV?

Many people with HIV do not have symptoms for several years after becoming infected. Some people may develop mild, temporary flu-like symptoms or swollen glands right after becoming infected. When someone has been infected with HIV for some time, they can exhibit symptoms of AIDS which are usually more serious. However, the only way to know for sure if you are infected is to get tested.

What are the symptoms of other STDs?

Many people do not have any symptoms. Those that do can have pain when urinating, a discharge, or blisters in the genital region. Each STD causes different symptoms, see the fact sheets on the right for more information. The only way to know for sure if you are infected is to see a medical professional.

Where can I get tested?

Free and low cost testing for HIV and other STDs is available in many locations across Texas. Learn more about where to get tested.

Can I talk to a live person about my concerns or questions about HIV and other STDs?

For questions about HIV and other STDs, dial 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).

How do I order HIV/STD educational materials from the Department of State Health Services?

Educational materials are available electronically and/or as hard copies from DSHS. You can also view and download most brochures and fact sheets from the educational materials page.

Are there other HIV/STD materials available?

Yes. Materials are produced by the federal government, other states, local communities, community based organizations, clinics, doctor's offices, hospitals, schools, and service organizations every year. DSHS has a Program Materials Review Panel (PMRP) that reviews many new publications, videos, and other educational materials every year for use in DSHS HIV/STD prevention activities. Visit the PMRP page to view the list of materials reviewed.

Are there resources for special events?

Yes. Learn more about National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness DayNational HIV Testing Day, National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day, and Hepatitis Awareness Month/Hepatitis Testing Day.

I still have questions.

You can contact the HIV/STD Program by email or call us at 737-255-4300.

Last updated June 2, 2021