DSHS Health Education Materials Ordering System Updated
Ordering pamphlets, posters, and other educational materials through DSHS just got easier. The aging forms and literature catalog system has been retired and replaced with a modern ordering system. The HHSC Pinnacle system will host all DSHS publications including those covering TB, HIV, STDs, Hepatitis and other health topics. Any orders placed through the old system will still be shipped, no need to reorder.
To review the catalog and order materials, visit the new forms and literature catalog on the HHSC Pinnacle system. A list of HIV and STD materials are on the HIV/STD Program website along with links to order through the HHSC Pinnacle system. Posted 5/8/2015
See the New Texas-Made #SpeakOutHIV Video
The “Greater Than AIDS” campaign released a new Texas-made awareness video as part of the “Speak Out Texas” campaign. The video features LGBTQ youth under age 25 from across Texas speaking out about how HIV has affected their lives and what they are doing to make a difference. The video was compiled at the #SpeakOutHIV Texas Digital Storytelling Workshop held last month in Dallas.
“Speak Out Texas” was developed with local health departments to engage the LGBT community in response to the silence and stigma of HIV. The cross-platform campaign, which features gay men from Texas, encourages more open communication about HIV in relationships, with health care providers, and within the community.
“Speak Out Texas” comes at a critical time when new HIV infections are rising among young gay men in the state, mirroring national trends. Although gay men are not the only population affected by HIV, they have been from the beginning and continue today to be among those hit hardest. Then, as now, gay men represented the largest share of people affected by HIV/AIDS. In Texas, gay men represent nearly three quarters of new HIV diagnoses occurring each year in the state. Posted 3/26/2015
DSHS Releases Recommendation for PrEP
Many of you may have heard of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, by now. PrEP is a very promising prevention option for people who are at high risk of getting HIV. It’s meant to be used consistently, as a pill taken every day, and to be used with other prevention options such as condoms.
Earlier this year, CDC and the U.S. Public Health Service released new clinical guidelines encouraging health care providers to consider prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for patients at substantial risk for HIV. CDC also released a letter detailing key actions that an organization could take to help achieve the full promise of PrEP as well as grantee guidance on PrEP related services that can be supported with HIV Prevention funding.
DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch has released a recommendation to contractors informing them DSHS also recommends that PrEP be considered for people who are HIV-negative and at high risk for HIV and asking that they advocate for clients who need PrEP as well as help break down barriers and create pathways to PrEP.
For questions about the DSHS PrEP position statement, contact Shelley Lucas, Manager, HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch. Posted 12/1/2014
DSHS Releases 2013 Epi Profile
The DSHS TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit has released the 2013 Texas STD and HIV Integrated Epidemiologic Profile (Epi Profile) (PDF : 2,141 kb), a summary of information on known STD and HIV/AIDS cases in Texas. The Epi Profile was created to assist planners, public health professionals, policy makers and other stakeholders at the local and state level. It is a snapshot of STD and HIV infection as of the end of 2013. You can read the Epi Profile and other reports from the TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit on the Reports page. Posted 12/1/2014
DSHS Releases 2013 Texas HIV and STD Surveillance Reports
The Texas HIV and STD Surveillance Reports are annual reports generated by the Texas Department of State Health Services, TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch. The 2013 reports describe cases reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services Surveillance Program from January 1 to December 31, 2013, as well as historical data. View the HIV report (PDF : 3,076 kb) and the STD report (PDF : 1,850 kb). Updated 8/25/2014
DSHS Releases Texas HIV Plan for 2014-15
DSHS has released the 2014-15 Texas HIV Plan (PDF : 998 kb) which presents a framework and strategies to reduce the number of new HIV infections and provide treatment and care for those living with HIV. This new plan is intended to:
- Prioritize actions and coordinate the use of resources across individuals and organizations in communities and groups affected by HIV
- Identify common goals
- Harmonize strategies and evaluation
- Enrich local action rather than direct it
You can view the Texas HIV Plan and read about other HIV planning activities on the HIV and STD Planning page. Posted 5/1/2014
HIV/AIDS Information for Persons Applying for a Marriage License
During the 83rd regular session, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 984. This bill amends Texas Family Code Section 2.010 to allow county clerks to provide marriage license applicants with written notice of where to find required HIV/AIDS information on the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website rather than providing paper copies of this information. This bill took effect September 1, 2013. The required HIV/AIDS information for marriage license applicants can be found on the DSHS website in English and Spanish. Applicants without internet access can call the DSHS HIV/STD Program at 512-533-3000 to request a free print copy of this information. Posted 9/4/2013
ARIES Case Management Service Categories – Intake and Recertification
The DSHS HIV/STD Care Services team has added 3 new case management service categories to ARIES for contractors to begin using immediately. These secondary service categories can be found under the following Primary Services: “Case Management (non-medical)” and “Medical Case Management.” The 3 new services are: 1) Intake – No CM; 2) Intake – CM; 3) Recertification. For more information about these service categories and how to utilize them, please review the below documents. If you have any questions, please contact your local Administrative Agency.
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