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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

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HIV-STD Insider 2009 December

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HIV/STD Insider


Funding Available to Support Rapid HIV Testing at Community Based Event

Global Evaluation & Applied Research Solutions (GEARS) Inc. has funding to support rapid HIV testing at upcoming community based events. The Behavioral Assessment and Rapid HIV Testing (BART) initiative is designed to administer behavioral surveys and to provide rapid HIV testing to African Americans, Adults, Youth, MSM, and other groups at high risk for HIV. GEARS has funded rapid testing events in six cities. Recipients of BART funds include community-based organizations and state health departments. GEARS has funded diverse events ranging from the Bronner Brothers Hair show to a Gay Leather Pride. BART funding allows organizations to identity community events for implementation. GEARS will supply funding and technical support.

GEARS is soliciting proposals now from qualified institutions, health departments, academic institutions, and HIV service providers to fund community based rapid HIV testing events.

Your organization could be next. If your organization is interested in applying for an event that takes place in March or April, proposals are due January 22, 2010. Proposals for May and June events are due by February 26, 2010. To view the Funding Opportunity Announcement, apply, or to learn more, visit the BART website [BART].

Post Date and Time Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 1:05 pm

Women and HIV International Clinical Conference Comes to Houston

The Women & HIV International Clinical Conference (WHICC) is scheduled for January 24-26, 2010 at the Houston Marriott at the Texas Medical Center. The mission of the WHICC is to advance the clinical capacity to care for HIV-infected women and their families. Clinical scientists, social scientists and policy makers will use this forum to collaborate on gender-specific differences in the biology, epidemiology, prevention and treatment of HIV infection, as well as co-morbidities. The conference will also cover the advocacy of evidence-based AIDS related public policy that will translate laboratory and clinical research into practice and public policies to improve clinical outcomes of women affected or infected with HIV.

To learn more about the conference and to register, visit the WHICC website [WHICC].

Post Date and Time Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 1:05 pm

Third Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media

The Third Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media is scheduled for August 11-13, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference will draw an expected 800 practitioners and researchers working in health communication, marketing and media.

Conference organizers are seeking exhibitors to showcase their organization's expertise, services and solutions and sponsors to increase their organization's visibility. Sponsorship can help companies or organizations reach a diverse group of influential professionals in the field of health communication, marketing and media.

The conference is sponsored by the National Center for Health Marketing, the Office of Enterprise Communication, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Cancer Institute and the National Public Health Information Coalition.

To learn more about the conference and exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, visit the conference website [CDC].

Post Date and Time Thursday, Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 8:37 am


DSHS Announces Changes to HIV/STD Reporting Requirements for 2010

DSHS Announces Changes to HIV/STD Reporting Requirements for 2010

The coming new year brings several changes to HIV/STD reporting rules for healthcare providers and laboratories serving Texas.

Effective January 1, 2010, Texas healthcare providers must report all primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses by telephone within one working day of diagnosis. In addition, all public health, hospital and commercial laboratories serving Texas will be required to report the following information:

  • All CD4 T-lymphocyte (CD4) counts for adults and adolescents over the age of 12
  • All HIV viral loads (both detectable and undetectable)
  • Positive and negative HIV DNA or RNA virologic test results for infants up to 3 years of age
  • Positive and negative confirmatory syphilis test results within 3 working days
  • HIV genotype resistance results (FASTA files)

The new rules also allow use of a Texas-specific HIV/AIDS case report form and clarify that point-of-care HIV tests (HIV rapid tests) are reportable. These rule changes will help increase the number of STD cases identified, facilitate early public health intervention to control the spread of STDs and improve medical care for HIV-infected patients.

Healthcare providers and laboratories not using electronic reporting should report to their designated local health authority. In most areas of the state, this is the local or regional health department. In addition, hospital-based laboratories are now required to report test results directly to their local health authority and cannot report results via a delegate, such as an infection control officer.

Laboratories reporting electronically should report to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) central office in Austin. Although paper laboratory results will continue to be accepted, electronic laboratory reporting is encouraged as a way to reduce the burden associated with reporting and improve the timeliness of reporting.

Call your local or regional health department to obtain reporting forms or ask questions about reporting. HIV/STD reporting information is also available at www.dshs.state.tx.us/hivstd/healthcare/reporting.shtm. The text of the revised Texas Administrative Code, Chapters 97.131-97.134 can be viewed here [Texas Secretary of State].

If you have questions about the reporting rule changes, contact Nicole Hawkins, DSHS Epidemiologist at 512-533-3043. To learn more about electronic laboratory reporting, contact Jennifer Chase, DSHS Epidemiologist at 512-533-3046.

Post Date and Time Friday, December 11, 2009, 10:55 am


Program Operating Procedures and Standards Revisions

The DSHS HIV/STD Program has recently updated the Program Operating Procedures and Standards, Chapter 6 (Disease Intervention Specialist Performance Standards) and Chapter 7 (Frontline Supervisors Standards) and added newly developed Chapter 22, Leadership and Program Management. To review and/or comment on these changes please visit the Program Operating Procedures and Standards Changes page.

Post Date and Time Thursday, December 10, 2009, 1:04 pm


HIV/STD Program Proposes Rules Changes

The HIV/STD program is proposing changes to two rules in chapter 25 of the Texas Administrative Code. If you would like to review and comment on these rules, please visit the proposed rules change page through the month of December.

Post Date and Time Thursday, December 3, 2009, 9:49 am


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Texas HIV/STD Job Postings

December 11, 2009

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks an Eligibility Services Supervisor. Learn more [ASA]

December 10, 2009

Austin - The DSHS TB/HIV/STD Unit seeks TB/HIV/STD Surveillance Group Manager. Learn more

December 3, 2009

Austin - Center for Health Training seeks an Administrative Assistant.  to learn more or submit your resume


Last updated November 10, 2011