• 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.

Core Training

Core Training
Required Training and Resources for Providers and Internal Staff

These courses are required for the HIV/STD workforce. You must complete core training within the first year of employment.

HIV Navigation in Texas (HNT) – This blended learning series consists of web-based and virtual training. It helps providers learn about successful linkage and maintenance of clients in HIV/STD prevention, care, and treatment services, including PrEP. These are important elements of the plan to end the HIV epidemic.

Gender and Sexual Diversity Training – This training provides skills and knowledge that value diversity, recognizes and responds to cultural differences, increases awareness of cultural norms and helps increase culturally competent care for diverse clientele especially lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and other sexual minorities. New employees are required to complete this training within the first year of employment. Both virtual and web-based training is available.

Social Determinants of Health – An understanding of social determinants is essential to the implementation of effective HIV treatment or prevention interventions. There are two options to complete the Social Determinants of Health training requirement. New employees can choose the option that works best for them.

  1. The California Prevention and Training Center provides a one-hour online course. It includes an overview of social determinants, their relevance to health disparities, and their particular importance in understanding HIV in the US today.
  2. The Texas HIV Syndicate created a Social Determinants of Health toolkit with approaches for reducing HIV-related disparities and their collective impact on vulnerable populations. Strategies in this toolkit can be used to increase awareness and direct prevention initiatives.

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) – TIC training increases awareness and understanding of the impact of violence, abuse, neglect, and adversity on the health of patients/clients. New employees are required to complete trauma-informed care training within the first year of employment. There is a virtual course available as well as two online courses that together meet the training requirement.

Health Equity Training – For new employees who have never received health equity training or education in college or other professional training settings. It is strongly recommended they study the resources available on the Achieving Together website within the first year of employment.

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Last updated June 14, 2022