December 1 is World AIDS Day
Watch the video to see what you can do to fight HIV. Updated 11/27/2013
DSHS Announces Draft HIV Testing Technologies Policy
A new policy to guide DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch contractors on the use of HIV testing technologies is now open for public comment. DSHS is committed to optimal public health practice which includes providing access to highly sensitive and specific HIV tests that detect HIV throughout the course of infection. Emerging 4th generation technology and new HIV testing algorithms will not only differentiate between HIV-1 and HIV-2 infections, it will also help Texas with indeterminate results and reduce false negatives by shortening the "window period." More accurate detection of acute HIV infections will allow the public health workforce the opportunity to more immediately connect HIV-infected individuals to medical care and possibly reduce HIV transmission for these highly infectious individuals.
Members of the public wishing to provide comment on The Use of Testing Technology to Detect HIV Infection (PDF : 16 kb) policy may by Thursday, January 9, 2014. Posted 11/25/2013
DSHS Releases 2012 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 2012 reports describe cases reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services Surveillance Program from January 1 to December 31, 2012, as well as historical data. View the HIV report (PDF : 3,014 kb) and the STD report (PDF : 1,059). Updated 9/30/2013
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
New 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.
DSHS Guidance on Meningococcal Meningitis in MSM
DSHS is aware of the clusters of meningococcal meningitis in MSM in both New York and Los Angeles as reported by the CDC. We have not detected any clusters of meningococcal infections in Texas. We routinely look for cases clustered by time/location. Our lab also performs testing (PFGE) on meningococcal isolates to look for related cases. The basic prevention recommendations are:
- Routine hand washing and practicing respiratory etiquette (e.g. covering mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing) is essential to prevent spread of bacteria.
- Limit sharing food, eating utensils, and other personal belongings.
- There is a vaccine that offers protection against 4 out of the 5 most common serogroups of N. meningitidis. The meningococcal conjugate (Menactra® and Menveo®) and polysaccharide (Menomune®) vaccines are available in the USA. For more information about vaccine call the Immunization Division at 1-512-776-7284.
- Anyone experiencing symptoms of meningococcal infection (e.g. severe headache with fever or stiff neck with fever or rash with fever) should consult with their healthcare provider.
Flu Information for Persons with HIV/AIDS
With reports of flu widespread across Texas, state health officials are urging people to get a flu shot now and take other steps to protect themselves from the flu and its possible complications. “Texas, like much of the country, saw an early start to the flu season and continues to experience a high level of flu and flu-like illness,” said DSHS Commissioner Dr. David Lakey. “The best thing people can do to protect themselves is to get a dose of flu vaccine now. There is plenty of vaccine available.” Learn more. Posted 1/11/2013
DSHS Releases Dallas National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System Reports
The National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System is an ongoing effort to collect cross-sectional data among populations at high risk for acquiring HIV. DSHS released reports on three of those high risk populations in Dallas: high-risk heterosexuals residing in areas with high rates of heterosexually acquired HIV and poverty (2007), men who have sex with men (2008), and active injection drug users (2009). To view or download the reports, visit the HIV/STD Program reports page. Posted 9/12/2012
Information for Ryan White and Texas HIV Medication Program Clients who have Texas Medicaid Coverage
DSHS is working together with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to make sure you know about changes that are coming to the Medicaid program in Texas. It’s important for your continuity of care that you know about these changes. Learn more. Posted 1/17/2012
DSHS Releases Epi Profile
The DSHS TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit has released the Texas Integrated Epidemiologic Profile for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Services Planning (Epi Profile) (PDF : 3,348 kb), a summary of information on known HIV/AIDS cases in Texas. This Epi Profile will be the most comprehensive released by Texas to date. Due to the amount of data and the complexity of the document, DSHS will release several updates of the profile with new chapters added for each release. The final version will be released by the end of February 2012. Please check the DSHS HIV/STD Program Reports page periodically for new updates of this document. Posted 12/1/2011
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Healthy Relationships Training of Facilitators in San Antonio
Scheduled for January 21-24, 2014
STD Prevention is HIV Prevention
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World AIDS Day in Texas - 2013
WAD events from across the State
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Reported cases in Texas 2012
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HIV and other STDs disproportionately impact racial/ethnic minorities, occurring at much higher rates in the Black community compared to the overall population. At the same time, Hispanics are more likely to receive a late diagnosis for HIV.