• 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.

HIV Prevention Training

HIV PreventionHIV Prevention Training Required for DSHS Prevention and Provider Staff

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

HIPAA and State Privacy Training (only for DSHS employees, interns, volunteers, and contractors working on-site at DSHS facilities) – You must take this course within six months of employment. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 is a federal law that protects the privacy of a client's individual identifiable health information. DSHS employees, interns, volunteers, and contractors working on site at DSHS facilities must take this course.

HIPAA Privacy Training for Contractors and Volunteers – You must take this course within six months of employment. This is a self-study course required for contractors and volunteers of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission who are not on-site at a DSHS facility. This course will give you basic information about the federal HIPAA rules that protect the privacy of an individual's health information.

Foundations of Testing and Navigation (FTN) – All new HIV Prevention contractors must take this course within three months of employment. All employees who have completed PBC or FCT training are also required to complete this training. The training is based on CDC's guidelines for Implementing HIV Testing in Non-Clinical Settings and focuses on status-neutral HIV navigation. The Prevention Specialist will gain the skills needed to conduct a status-neutral HIV prevention session with an increased awareness of stigmatizing language/behaviors and unconscious bias.

**Note from Prevention Program 
In light of the training cancellations due to the coronavirus, some programs have new staff who have never received the three-day FTN classroom training. Individuals who are not trained should complete online pre-requisite training for FTN. Also, new staff can observe experienced staff and be observed performing testing, according to the POPS-1.9 Quality Assurance Requirements for HIV Testing. These observations and role plays can occur via Skype, Facetime, Zoom, or other platforms. Please ensure that supervisors are reviewing the new staff’s charting. You can find guidance in POPS-1.9

Pre-requisites for Foundations (TRAIN):

Completion of the Foundations of Testing and Navigation Training Plan.

  • STD 101: What You Need to Know
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Gender and Sexuality Review
  • Decreasing Stigma by Using Sexual Health Language
  • People First Language
  • Status Neutral Navigation
  • Combination Prevention: Healthy Options to Promote Sexual Health and Prevent HIV

Hepatitis C (HCV) Training  – Providers who offer HCV testing must complete this course within one year of employment. 

STD 101: What You Need to Know – Required within one year of employment for those unfamiliar with STDs. Sexually transmitted diseases are very common in the United States, yet many staff new to healthcare do not have a good understanding of the different causes and treatments. This interactive, easy-to-understand course offers an overview of the most common STDs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, syphilis, herpes, HPV, and HIV.

Recommended Training

Funded Activity Training (ARTAS, CLEAR, etc.) – Strongly recommended staff successful complete a training on the specific intervention (number of days will vary) within one year of employment. There are interventions that do not have training regularly scheduled in Texas for the specific intervention. Contact the Capacity Building Consultant for help. Contact your Prevention Consultant for special considerations (i.e., out-of-state trainings, part-time staff or volunteers, etc.).

Motivational Interviewing (MI) – Highly recommended within the first year of employment. if MI training was never completed in the past, (college or other classroom training). Classroom training is preferred. MI is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes.


DSHS Program Operating Procedures and Standards – Standards for the delivery of consistent quality services regarding HIV, sexually transmitted infection (STI), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) focused testing, counseling, and linkage to medical care. These guidelines follow the HIV National Strategy to reduce HIV transmission, identify persons living with undiagnosed HIV, enhance timely navigation to medical care, and reduce health disparities. These guidelines help HIV prevention specialists, outreach workers, Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS), and others who provide testing for HIV. 

Forms and Requirements for Prevention Data Collection and Submission

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Last updated June 14, 2022