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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

    E-mail the HIV/STD Program

    E-mail data requests to HIV/STD Program - This email can be used to request data and statistics on HIV, TB, and STDs in Texas. It cannot be used to get treatment or infection history for individuals, or to request information on programs and services. Please do not include any personal, identifying health information in your email such as HIV status, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, etc.

    For treatment/testing history, please contact your local Health Department.

    For information on HIV testing and services available to Persons Living with HIV and AIDS, please contact your local HIV services organization.

2014 Texas HIV-STD Conference - About the Conference


August 19-21, 2014
Austin, Texas

Overall Goal

The goal of the Texas HIV/STD Conference is to enhance the responsiveness of people and systems supporting the spectrum of HIV/STD prevention and treatment services in Texas, including:

  • Awareness
  • Targeted Prevention
  • Diagnosis
  • Linkage to Care
  • Maintenance in Care
  • Suppression of Disease

Priority Focus Areas

Awareness Domain

Increase awareness among members of the general public, community leaders and policy makers.

  • Priority: Assure availability of key information for consumers, providers and policy makers.
  • Priority: Draw attention to the role of social determinants in the spread of HIV/STD.
  • Priority: Form broad community alliances of traditional and non-traditional stakeholders to support HIV/STD prevention and treatment services in Texas.

Targeted Prevention Domain

Increase access to prevention efforts for high risk groups.

  • Priority: Focus on those most at risk as determined by epidemiology.
  • Priority: Conduct interventions with adequate reach.
  • Priority: Conduct prevention activities relevant to the populations and context in which people live.
  • Priority: Address the environment and system issues that intensify HIV/STD in vulnerable populations.
  • Priority: Increase knowledge and sense of urgency to act in high risk populations.

Diagnosis Domain

Complete diagnosis of everyone infected with HIV/STD.

  • Priority: Evaluate effectiveness of testing programs at the population and program level.
  • Priority: Effectively identify and test individuals in populations at highest risk.
  • Priority: Ensure that the social and sexual networks of infected persons are offered testing and counseling.
  • Priority: Expand routine testing programs in all health care settings.
  • Priority: Address stigma that prevents testing.
  • Priority: Use new testing technology to make systems more effective.
  • Priority: Address social norms that inhibit health care seeking behavior.

Linkage Domain

Ensure speedy and timely linkage to care and treatment.

  • Priority: Create and monitor linkage systems that are client centered.
  • Priority: Create approaches to locate and link infected individuals who know their status but are not in care.
  • Priority: Use technology that supports linkage to care.
  • Priority: Address stigma and other issues that prevent infected individuals from seeking medical care.

Maintenance Domain

Ensure continuous participation in systems of care and treatment.

  • Priority: Increase focus and training on retention in care.
  • Priority: Ensure that care systems include access to supportive services.
  • Priority: Ensure that care systems include access to behavioral health services.
  • Priority: Create mechanisms to identify and respond to individuals at risk of dropping out of care.
  • Priority: Address stigma and social norms that prevent infected individuals from maintaining their care.

Suppression Domain

Increase viral suppression and clinical care.

  • Priority: Increase understanding of viral suppression as a key health indicator.
  • Priority: Expand access to clinical care.
  • Priority: Enhance access to medication.
  • Priority: Create a focus on adherence that includes clients, clinicians and supportive services providers.
  • Priority: Address the stigma that prevents infected individuals from adhering to treatment.

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Last updated March 10, 2014