• DSHS HIV/STD Program
    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, TX 78714

    Phone: 737-255-4300

    Email the HIV/STD Program

    Email HIV, STD, Hepatitis C, and TB data requests to the Program – Use this email to request Texas HIV, STD, Hepatitis C, and TB data and statistics. Do not use this email to request treatment or infection history for individuals, or to request information on programs or services. Do not email personal, identifying health information such as HIV status, date of birth, or Social Security Number.

    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.


Overall Responsible Party for TB/HIV/STD Surveillance Data

Policy Number 2012.01
Effective Date April 1, 2008
Revision Date September 12, 2016
Subject Matter Expert Surveillance Security Coordinator
Approval Authority TB/HIV/STD Section Director
Signed by Felipe Rocha, M.S.S.W.

1.0 Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide for a clear line of responsibility in the area of data security and the maintenance of confidential TB/HIV/STD information.


2.0 Policy

Felipe Rocha, Section Director of the TB/HIV/STD Section, Department of State Health Services, is the ORP for the state of Texas. The name of the individual, who is designated as the ORP, rather than an organizational position, must be provided to CDC annually.


3.0 Definitions/Acronyms

Overall Responsible Party (ORP) – a public official with sufficient authority to make decisions about statewide TB/HIV/STD operations. The ORP is responsible for the security and confidentiality of all TB/HIV/STD systems.

THS – The TB/HIV/STD Section, which includes the HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch, the TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, and the Tuberculosis and Refugee Health Services Branch.


4.0 Background

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) HIV/AIDS Surveillance Cooperative Agreement and the CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention Guidelines require each grantee to have a policy in place that names the person, or persons, who is the ORP.


5.0 Authority

CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Data Security and Confidentiality Guidelines (December, 2011).


6.0 Responsibilities

The ORP has responsibility for the security of all TB/HIV/STD systems (including processes, data, information, software, and hardware) and may have liability for any breach of confidentiality. The ORP is responsible for determining how information will be protected when it is collected, stored, analyzed, released and dispositioned.


7.0 Revision History

Date Action Section
Revision History
10/2/2017 Changed to reflect change in ORP. 2
9/1/2017 Changed "TB/HIV/STD Unit" to "TB/HIV/STD Section" to reflect new program designation -
9/12/2016 Revised to reflect change in ORP and unit wide responsibility and not just surveillance  1, 2, 3, 6
9/3/2014 Converted format (Word to HTML)  
2/29/2012 Updated to reflect change to a unit-wide policy and identify the new ORP All
4/1/2008 New Policy (HIV/STD-300.001) N/A


Last updated June 15, 2020