• 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.

Syphilis, HIV, and Hepatitis B Testing and Pregnancy


HIV, Syphilis and HBV Testing and Pregnancy: State Requirements for Texas Clinicians Texas law requires physicians or others permitted by law to attend a woman during pregnancy or at delivery to test her for syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B at her first prenatal visit. She must be re-tested for syphilis and HIV during the third trimester, but not earlier than 28 weeks’ gestation. She must also be re-tested for syphilis and hepatitis B at delivery. If there is no record of HIV testing during third trimester, an expedited delivery HIV test must also be performed. Expedited HIV testing of infants at delivery is also required if a mother’s results are undetermined. To learn more, please read Syphilis, HIV, and Hepatitis B Testing and Pregnancy: State Requirements for Texas Clinicians (PDF).

Provider Resources

Testing During Pregnancy – Statutory reference from Texas Health and Safety Code

Informed Consent – Statutory reference from Texas Health and Safety Code

General Consent – Statutory reference from Texas Health and Safety Code

Counseling Required For Positive Test Results – Statutory reference from Texas Health and Safety Code

DSHS Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program

Congenital Syphilis in Texas (PDF) – DSHS fact sheet (English)

Partner Notification Information for Providers (PDF) – DSHS provider brochure (English)

Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) – CLIA information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

New drug regimens cut HIV spread from mother to infant

Patient Resources

10 Questions About HIV, Syphilis, and Pregnancy (PDF) (Patient information in English)

10 preguntas sobre el VIH, la sífilis y el embarazo (PDF) (Patient information in Spanish)   

211 Texas – Find an HIV/STD service provider in Texas.

HIVTest.org – HIV and STD testing resources.

The Perinatal Hotline (1-888-448-8765) is a free 24 hour clinical consultation and advice on treating HIV-infected pregnant women and their infants. The hotline also provides guidance on test results.


 


Last updated May 20, 2021