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Texas HIV Medication Program Finds Many Clients with Health Insurance No Longer Eligible

In January of this year, the Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) gained the capability to check the health insurance status of AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) recipients. Through this process, the THMP has identified 1,900 persons who are currently on the ADAP program who carry insurance policies, which makes them ineligible for ADAP services. THMP is in the processes of sending letters to clients informing them that medications have been placed on hold for the program based on information received indicating they are currently insured.

These letters ask clients to notify the program if they believe the information about their insurance status is incorrect, or if they wish to apply for the THMP insurance assistance pilot, TIAP (Texas Insurance Assistance Program). Clients are also directed to consult with the local agency they receive case management or eligibility services from to help them understand how to use their insurance coverage and what benefits may be available to assist with copayments, such as patient assistance programs.

Lists of insured ADAP participants will be generated and letters will be sent on a monthly basis, but future listings are expected to be smaller, as will only include those with new insurance policies that need to be removed from the program.

Post Date and Time Thursday, May 21, 2015


Free DSHS TB Phlebotomy Training on June 1-2 in Austin

DSHS will host a Phlebotomy Training on June 1-2, 2015 at the Learning Resource Center, 2800 Spirit of Texas Drive, Room 4 in Austin (adjacent to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport). The goal of the training is to provide information and skills that will enable students to collect blood specimens for IGRA tuberculosis screenings. To register for this training, participants must read and agree to the Phlebotomy Training Informed Consent (Word).

The planning committee applied for and received continuing education credit for multiple disciplines for this training (view approved credits (PDF)). The trainer will provide attendees with specific instructions during the training. DSHS will send a link to the required evaluation after the training.

The training is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Full attendance is required (partial attendance is not permissible). Attendance is limited to 15 persons. To learn more and to register, visit the training website.

Post Date and Time Thursday, May 21, 2015


New YouTube Series #AsktheHIVDoc

#AskTheHIVDoc1Leading HIV doctors give frank, no-nonsense answers to commonly-asked questions from gay men about HIV prevention, testing and treatment in #AskTheHIVDoc, a new YouTube series from Greater Than AIDS. While two out of every three new HIV infections in the U.S. today are among gay and bisexual men a national survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds few are talking about HIV with their health care providers. #AskTheHIVDoc seeks to break the silence with an ongoing series of videos featuring Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the Assistant Health Commissioner of New York City’s Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control and Dr. David Malebranche, a primary care physician at the University of Pennsylvania’s Student Health Center.

While the tone of #AsktheHIVDoc has a playfulness and lightness, the answers are straightforward and packed with useful information. Post your questions tagged #AsktheHIVDoc @GreaterThanAIDS.

Post Date and Time Thursday, May 21, 2015


Renewing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

The White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) is working to update the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) (PDF) for 2016-2020 and just launched an online feedback forum to collect ideas about updating the Strategy.

The deadline for sharing your own ideas, vote, or comment on the recommendations of others is Friday, May 22, 2015. For further detail see the AIDS.gov blog.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Medical Coding and Documentation Workshop

The University of Texas at Austin and DSHS will host a workshop on Medical Coding and Documentation for Texas safety-net providers on July 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Thompson Conference Center in Austin. The workshop will include E/M coding and ICD-10 training and will be targeted to any staff involved in the billing process as well as clinicians responsible for coding the services they provide.

Attendees are responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation expenses (list of local hotels).

To register, visit the workshop website. Contact Tara Ray with questions.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, May 20, 2015


2015 Southwest Latino HIV/Hepatitis C Conference

The 2015 Southwest Latino HIV/Hepatitis C Conference is scheduled for June 1-3 on South Padre Island. This is the first conference in the U.S. focusing exclusively on how HIV and Hepatitis C are impacting the Latino community and the co-factors that contribute toward Latino's vulnerability for these diseases.

To learn more and to register, visit the conference website.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, May 20, 2015


THMP Medication Advisory Committee Scheduled for July 17

The next Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) Medication Advisory Committee (MAC) is scheduled for July 17 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. on the Austin State Hospital campus. The specific meeting room and agenda will be released soon.

Post Date and Time Thursday, May 14, 2015


2015 STD Treatment Guidelines Overview Webinar

CDC will host a webinar providing an overview of the upcoming 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines on Wednesday, June 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CT.

The STD Treatment Guidelines were developed through a rigorous peer-review process to assist clinicians and healthcare providers in giving their patients the appropriate STD testing, treatment, and counseling messages. The 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines are tentatively scheduled to be released later this month, and will include updated testing, treatment, and diagnosis recommendations. Please join this webinar hosted by the CDC Division of STD Prevention and the National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers to learn about these key changes.

Register at the webinar website. Registration is required. Webinar participants are encouraged to log in early in order to register and view the briefing in its entirety. For those unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and posted on the CDC’s STD Webinars page by the end of June.

Post Date and Time Thursday, May 14, 2015


Social Networking Strategy for CTR (SNS) Training in Dallas

A Social Networking Strategy for CTR (SNS) training is scheduled for June 11-12 in Dallas. SNS is an evidence supported approach to recruiting high-risk people. SNS is based on the underlying principles that people in the same social network share the same risks and risk behaviors for HIV. In addition, people in the same social network know and trust each other and can exert influence on each other. For SNS for CTR, agencies would identify clients or peers who are HIV positive or at high risk for HIV, and enlist them to become Recruiters. Recruiters are short-term, unlike peers advocates or peer educators, and require coaching, rather than training and supervision. The Recruiters identify their Network Associates. Network Associates are people in their social networks (e.g, friends, sex or drug partners, family members, etc.) who are at risk of HIV. Typically, Recruiters identify 2 – 8 Network Associates whom they believe would benefit from HIV CTR. The Recruiters then talk with the Network Associates they identified, and refer or direct them to the location where they can receive CTR services.

To learn more and to register, visit the Effective Interventions website. The application deadline is May 29.

Post Date and Time Thursday, May 14, 2015


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.

Post Date and Time Friday, May 8, 2015


Harm Reduction Training and Panel

A Harm Reduction Training and Panel is scheduled for May 15 in San Antonio. This day-long training seminar and client panel on principles and strategies of harm reduction related to substance use and sexual behavior.

Participants in this training course will learn to:

  • Identify the continuum of risk related to substance use and sexual behavior.
  • Differentiate between harm reduction and risk reduction in theory and in practice.
  • Discuss legal and ethical issues related to harm reduction.
  • Apply client and community centered principles and strategies to help those at risk.
  • Participate in an interactive panel to learn how to enhance services by hearing feedback directly from clients.

To learn more and to register, visit TRAIN Texas.

Post Date and Time Friday, May 8, 2015


One-On-One Social Media Support from AIDS.gov

AIDS.gov's Virtual Office Hours provides free social media technical assistance for the HIV community. Appointments are available for individuals or groups who want to learn about ways to use social media for their HIV work.

Have social media questions? We're here to help in just two easy steps.

  1. Register. Book your free, 45-minute appointment. You can make an appointment for yourself or invite your colleagues and learn together.
  2. Join the one-on-session. We'll call you at the number you provide on the time and date of your appointment (note: we can only dial within the United States). During your 45-minute session, you'll receive personalized one-on-one social media support.

What kind of things can you learn during Office Hours? Check out frequently asked questions from recent participants.

Currently, appointments are available Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. CT. Visit the event website to register.

Post Date and Time Friday, May 8, 2015


Final Reminder: Update Your Community Resource Listing By Tomorrow

Friday, May 1 is the deadline for making sure your agency’s information in the Texas HIV/STD Community Resource Directory is up-to-date.

To update your agency’s information, simply complete this survey. Agencies that do not provide updated information by Friday, May 1 are subject to have their information removed from the Texas HIV/STD Community Resource Directory. If you have already completed the survey, you may disregard this notice.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Brenda Howell at Brenda.Howell@dshs.state.tx.us or 512-206-5745. Thank you for your help in building a current, user-friendly database of HIV/STD services in Texas.

Post Date and TimeThursday, April 30, 2015


DSHS Proposes Changes to Eligibility to Receive HIV Services Policy

The DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch is revising the existing policy 220.001 "Eligibility to Receive HIV Services." The proposed changes include:

  • Added definitions
  • Clarification of documentation requirements for HIV infection status and Texas residency
  • Clarification of re-certification requirements
  • New requirement for MAGI for financial eligibility determination
  • Changes that reflect advances in testing technology

You may view the proposed policy and current policy on the DSHS website. Comments on the proposed changes should be sent to Jessica Conly. Comments will be accepted until May 29, 2015.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Local Health Departments and Hepatitis C Webinar

The webinar "Local Health Departments and Hepatitis C" is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. CT. This will be the first webinar of the National Association of County and City Health Officials' (NACCHO's) Local Health Departments and Hepatitis C educational series. The webinar will begin with an overview of the first module in the series, "Hepatitis C Virus: An Overview and Introduction to the Role of Local Health Departments," followed by an interactive question and answer session. A key focus of this webinar is to answer questions and provide an opportunity for participants to engage with colleagues and partners across the country.

To learn more and to register, visit the webinar website.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, April 29, 2015


New Draft HIV Service Category Standards and Monitoring Tools

DSHS’ HIV Care Services continues to write minimum standards and associated monitoring tools for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV service categories. This process included coordination with Administrative Agencies receiving Ryan White/State Service Funds and Ryan White Part A Grantees. The purpose of these standards is to ensure that minimal activities are being provided to all people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Texas. The purpose of the monitoring tools is to assist providers in providing quality care in each service category to PLWHA wherever services are being provided.

Draft Service Category Standards and Monitoring Tools have been written for the following service categories:

  1. Food Bank/Home Delivered Meals: Standards (PDF : 429 kb) | Monitoring Tool (PDF : 411 kb)
  2. Health Education/Risk Reduction: Standards (PDF : 279 kb) | Monitoring Tool (PDF : 309 kb)
  3. Medical Transportation: Standards (PDF : 421 kb) | Monitoring Tool (PDF : 421 kb)
  4. Mental Health: Standards (PDF : 306 kb) | Monitoring Tool (PDF : 303 kb)
  5. Early Intervention Services: Standards (PDF : 339 kb) | Monitoring Tool (PDF : 322 kb)

As part of this process we are asking providers, consumers, and interested stakeholders to review and provide comments. We value your opinion and hope that you will take the time to review and give feedback. Please send your comments to Teena Edwards. Public comment will be accepted until May 22, 2015.

Post Date and Time Thursday, April 23, 2015


Reminder: Update Your Community Resource Listing By May 1

Friday, May 1 is the deadline for making sure your agency’s information in the Texas HIV/STD Community Resource Directory is up-to-date.

To update your agency’s information, simply complete this survey. Agencies that do not provide updated information by Friday, May 1 are subject to have their information removed from the Texas HIV/STD Community Resource Directory. If you have already completed the survey, you may disregard this notice.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Brenda Howell at Brenda.Howell@dshs.state.tx.us or 512-206-5745. Thank you for your help in building a current, user-friendly database of HIV/STD services in Texas.

Post Date and Time Thursday, April 23, 2015


Couples HIV Testing and Counseling Training of Providers

A Couples HIV Testing and Counseling Training of Providers is scheduled for June 4-5 in Houston. This is a rescheduled date for the now canceled May 6-7 training.

This course builds on the existing skills of individual HIV testing and counseling providers, and equips them with the skills to conduct Couples HIV Testing and Counseling (CHTC) services following the CHTC protocol. CHTC occurs when two or more persons who are in - or are planning to be in - a sexual relationship, receive all elements of HIV testing and counseling together in order to facilitate disclosure of results between partners and develop a prevention plan that is specific to the couple, their relationship, and their serostatus.

Participants in this training course will learn communication skills for working with couples, will practice skills for easing tension and diffusing blame, and will learn how to address risk issues using abstract language and with a focus on the present and the future. Participants will also learn how to talk about HIV discordance (when one partner is HIV positive and one partner is HIV negative), and will practice delivering a CHTC session via role plays and interactive exercises. Prior to attending the two-day in-person training, participants will be expected to complete a two-hour pre-training e-learning module.

It is recommend that participants 1) have been trained and certified in individual HIV testing and counseling in their jurisdiction; and 2) have provided individual HIV testing for at least six months or to at least 50 clients.

To learn more and to register, visit the Effective Interventions website. The application deadline is May 6.

Post Date and Time Thursday, April 23, 2015


Webinar: Positive Steps - Helping Patients Quit Smoking on their HIV Journey

The Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is sponsoring a live webinar event for HIV/AIDS service providers across the state on Thursday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m. CST. Attendees will be provided with:

  1. An overview of current tobacco prevention and control activities related to people living with HIV who smoke;
  2. An overview of cessation services available for patients/clients who use tobacco; and
  3. Strategies for integrating Ask, Advise, Refer/e-Tobacco protocol into standard practice.

To register for the webinar, visit the webinar website.

Post Date and Time Thursday, April 23, 2015


Agencies: Update Your Community Resource Listing By May 1

Friday, May 1 is the deadline for making sure your agency’s information in the Texas HIV/STD Community Resource Directory is up-to-date.

To update your agency’s information, simply complete this survey. The survey should only take about 10-15 minutes of your time. Any questions marked with an asterisk (*) require an answer in order to progress through the survey. Please complete the survey by Friday, May 1 at 5pm. If you are not the correct person to complete the survey, please forward this information to the correct person for response.

Agencies that do not provide updated information by Friday, May 1 are subject to have their information removed from the Texas HIV/STD Community Resource Directory. If you have already completed the survey, you may disregard this notice.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Brenda Howell at Brenda.Howell@dshs.state.tx.us or 512-206-5745. Thank you for your help in building a current, user-friendly database of HIV/STD services in Texas.

Post Date and Time Thursday, April 16, 2015


Pathways to Health Equity: Celebrating Life

The forum "Pathways to Health Equity: Celebrating Life" will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 in Beaumont. LGBTQ individuals experience poorer health outcomes than their heterosexual peers. These poor outcomes are a result of differences in access to health coverage; limited availability of culturally competent health care services; absence of medical settings that are affirming and free of discrimination; scarcity of medical staff trained in LGBTQ health issues; behaviors that do not foster good health; and social and economic systems that have not supported and protected minorities. This innovative forum will educate attendees about health disparities faced by the LGBTQ community and aims to prepare individuals on how to better serve the needs of LGBTQ people. A diverse selection of specialists will be available to discuss a wide range of topics relating to best health promotion.

The forum will be held at:

Baptist Hospital of SETX
Cancer Center Auditorium
3555 Stagg Drive
Beaumont, Texas

Free CEU’s will also be available to attendees through DSHS.

To learn more or to register for this free event, visit the forum registration site.

Post Date and Time Thursday, April 16, 2015


Health Insurance Contracting for HIV Prevention

Does your organization provide HIV prevention services? If you missed HIV Health's webinar: Health Insurance Contracting for HIV Prevention Services: From Barriers to Billing you can now access the presentation recording.

This webinar provides a foundational overview of Medicaid programs and commercial health insurers, including managed care plans, payment methods, types of organizations eligible to participate as provider network members for payment, and emerging innovative approaches to delivering prevention services. It is designed for CBOs interested in being reimbursed by insurers for their HIV counseling and testing services, as well as CBOs hoping to expand access to HIV counseling and testing among insured groups.

Post Date and Time Thursday, April 16, 2015


Dallas Data Summit

DSHS will be hosting this year’s Dallas Data Summit on April 29. DSHS is excited to be able to lead State and local stakeholders in the sharing of data from core surveillance and the CDC supported National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) study and Medical Monitoring Project (MMP) for the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The event will be held at the Marriott Market Center, 2493 North Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. Summit planners are working toward getting CEUs approved right now, so we are hoping there will be opportunity for attendees to receive credit.

To register visit the summit registration site.

Post Date and Time Friday, April 10, 2015


Personalized Cognitive Counseling Training of Counselors

A Personalized Cognitive Counseling (PCC) Training of Counselors is scheduled for May 21-22 in Dallas. PCC is an individual-level, single session counseling intervention designed to reduce unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) among men who have sex with men (MSM) who are repeat testers for HIV. PCC focuses on the person's self-justifications (thoughts, attitudes and beliefs) he uses when deciding whether or not to engage in high risk sexual behavior. PCC is a 30 to 50 minutes intervention conducted as a component of Counseling, Testing, and Referral Service (CTRS) for MSM who meet the screening criteria. PCC targets MSM who previously tested for HIV, are HIV-negative, and had UAI since their last test with a male who was not their primary partner, and that partner's serostatus was positive or unknown.

To register to attend the PCC Training of Counselors, visit the Effective Interventions website. The registration process will close on April 29.

Post Date and Time Friday, April 10, 2015


CDC Clinical Advisory: Ocular Syphilis in the United States

Since December 2014, at least 15 cases of ocular syphilis from California and Washington have been reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least five other states have suspected cases under investigation. The majority of cases have been among MSM with HIV; and a few cases have occurred among HIV-uninfected persons including heterosexual men and women. Several of the cases have resulted in significant sequelae including blindness.

Neurosyphilis can occur during any stage of syphilis including primary and secondary syphilis. Ocular syphilis, a clinical manifestation of neurosyphilis, can involve almost any eye structure, but posterior uveitis and panuveitis are the most common. Additional manifestations may include anterior uveitis, optic neuropathy, retinal vasculitis and interstitial keratitis. Ocular syphilis may lead to decreased visual acuity including permanent blindness. While previous research supports evidence of neuropathogenic strains of syphilis, it remains unknown if some Treponema pallidum strains have a greater likelihood of causing ocular infections.

  • Clinicians should be aware of ocular syphilis and screen for visual complaints in any patient at risk for syphilis. This includes MSM, HIV-infected persons, persons with risk factors, and persons with multiple or anonymous partners.
  • All patients with syphilis should receive an HIV test if status is unknown or previously HIV-negative.
  • Patients with positive syphilis serology and early syphilis without ocular symptoms should receive a careful neurologic exam, including all cranial nerves.
  • Patients with syphilis and ocular complaints should receive immediate ophthalmologic evaluation.
  • A lumbar puncture with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) examination should be performed in patients with syphilis and ocular complaints.
  • Ocular syphilis should be managed according to treatment recommendations for neurosyphilis. Aqueous crystalline penicillin G IV or Procaine penicillin IM with Probenecid for 10-14 days. See the 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines for more information.
  • Cases of ocular syphilis should be reported to your state or local health department within 24 hours of diagnosis. Ocular syphilis cases diagnosed since December 1, 2014, should be reported through your local or state health department to CDC by email (address: ocularsyphilis2015@cdc.gov). The case definition for an ocular syphilis case is as follows: a person with clinical symptoms or signs consistent with ocular disease (i.e. uveitis, panuveitis, diminished visual acuity, blindness, optic neuropathy, interstitial keratitis, anterior uveitis, and retinal vasculitis) with syphilis of any stage.
  • If possible pre-antibiotic clinical samples (whole blood, primary lesions and moist secondary lesions, CSF or ocular fluid) should be saved and stored at -80°C for molecular typing.

To receive advice from CDC regarding clinical management of ocular syphilis, or assistance with shipment of clinical samples for molecular typing please contact Dr. Robyn Neblett Fanfair at (404) 639-6044 or iyo5@cdc.gov.

General information about syphilis can be found online at www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis; updates to this clinical advisory will be posted on the Syphilis: Treatment and Care section of the website.

From the CDC.

Post Date and Time Friday, April 10, 2015


Couples HIV Testing and Counseling Training of Providers

A Couples HIV Testing and Counseling Training of Providers is scheduled for May 6-7 in Houston. This course builds on the existing skills of individual HIV testing and counseling providers, and equips them with the skills to conduct Couples HIV Testing and Counseling (CHTC) services following the CHTC protocol. CHTC occurs when two or more persons who are in - or are planning to be in - a sexual relationship, receive all elements of HIV testing and counseling together in order to facilitate disclosure of results between partners and develop a prevention plan that is specific to the couple, their relationship, and their serostatus.

Participants in this training course will learn communication skills for working with couples, will practice skills for easing tension and diffusing blame, and will learn how to address risk issues using abstract language and with a focus on the present and the future. Participants will also learn how to talk about HIV discordance (when one partner is HIV positive and one partner is HIV negative), and will practice delivering a CHTC session via role plays and interactive exercises. Prior to attending the two-day in-person training, participants will be expected to complete a two-hour pre-training e-learning module.

It is recommend that participants 1) have been trained and certified in individual HIV testing and counseling in their jurisdiction; and 2) have provided individual HIV testing for at least six months or to at least 50 clients.

To learn more and to register, visit the Effective Interventions website. The application deadline is April 20.

Post Date and Time Monday, April 6, 2015


Symposium: Reproductive Options for Men and Women Living with HIV

The evening symposium "Reproductive Options for Men and Women Living with HIV" is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Houston. The event will be held at Trevisio’s Restaurant, 6th floor, 6550 Bertner Avenue in Houston. Agenda:

  • 5:30 – 6:20 - Registration and Dinner
  • 6:20 – 6:30 - Introduction
  • 6:30 – 7:00 - Safe conception: She has HIV - Judy Levison, M.D., M.P.H. (Baylor College of Medicine)
  • 7:00 – 7:30 - Safe conception: He has HIV - George Grunert, M.D. (Houston Fertility Specialist)
  • 7:30 – 8:00 - Safe conception: A role for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) - Charlene Flash, M.D., M.P.H. (Baylor College of Medicine)
  • 8:00 – 8:30 - Alternative methods to becoming to a parent: Legal Considerations - Mitchell Katine, J.D. (Katine & Nechman LLP)

Parking and dinner are included. The symposium is presented by Harris Health System, Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education & Training Center (TX/OK AETC), and Baylor College of Medicine.

To learn more and to register, visit the TX/OK AETC website.

Post Date and Time Monday, April 6, 2015


3rd Annual Health Literacy Symposium: Providers as Leaders

The 3rd Annual Health Literacy Symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Fort Worth. Now in the third year, the purpose of this year’s symposium is to elevate health literacy among healthcare providers. The goal is to build on the prior two symposia that focused on awareness and system integration by enhancing health providers’ ability to meet the health literacy needs of their clients and patients. Providers will emerge as health literacy champions.

The symposium will be held at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) MET Building, 1000 Montgomery Street in Fort Worth. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

To learn more or to register, visit the UNTHSC website. For questions, please e-mail Teresa Wagner or call her at 817-805-1252.

Post Date and Time Monday, April 6, 2015


Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services Training of Facilitators in Dallas

An Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) Training of Facilitators is scheduled for May 18-19 in Dallas. ARTAS is an individual-level, multi-session, time-limited intervention with the goal of linking recently diagnosed persons with HIV to medical care soon after receiving their positive test result. ARTAS is based on the Strengths-based Case Management (SBCM) model, which is rooted in Social Cognitive Theory (particularly self-efficacy) and Humanistic Psychology. SBCM is a model that encourages the client to identify and use personal strengths; create goals for himself/herself; and establish an effective, working relationship with the Linkage Coordinator (LC).

To learn more about ARTAS, visit the Effective Interventions website. To register to attend the ARTAS Training of Facilitators, visit the Effective Interventions website. The application for registration will close on April 17.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, March 31, 2015


2015 Southwest Latino HIV/Hepatitis C Conference

The 2015 Southwest Latino HIV/Hepatitis C Conference is coming on June 1-3 on South Padre Island. The conference is scheduled to cover topics including:

  • Social determinants of health
  • Co-morbidities
  • PrEP
  • Linkage to Care
  • Stigma
  • Ethics
  • Substance abuse
  • Border issues
  • and more

To learn more and to register, visit the conference website.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, March 31, 2015


See the New Texas-Made #SpeakOutHIV Video

The “Greater Than AIDS” campaign released a new Texas-made awareness video on YouTube Tuesday.

GreaterThanAIDS2015Video

This latest video, part of “Speak Out Texas” campaign presented by “Greater Than AIDS,” 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.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, March 25, 2015


5th Annual HIV/AIDS and Aging Symposium

The 5th Annual HIV/AIDS and Aging Symposium is scheduled for May 1 in Austin. The symposium will bring local and national experts together to improve the lives of older adults living with HIV/AIDS. This nationally recognized educational and empowerment event will inform and inspire Central Texas long-term HIV/AIDS survivors, social workers, physicians, nurses and care managers.This full-day event will include a host of local experts in the fields of HIV and aging, and a local panel of long-term survivors. This year's keynote speaker will be Tez Anderson, founder of Let's Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome).

Continuing education is available for this symposium (LPC, SW, LMFT, LCDC). Scholarships are available upon request and availability of funds.

To learn more, visit the symposium website at www.hivandaging.wordpress.com. If you have questions or would like to request a scholarship, contact symposium staff at hivagingaustin@gmail.com.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, March 25, 2015


New STD Testing Pamphlet for Gay Men Available

Take Charge: A Gay Man's Guide to Sexual HealthA new pamphlet promoting STD testing for gay men is now available online and from the DSHS warehouse.

“Take Charge: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sexual Health” (DSHS Stock No. 4-257) includes a fold-out chart outlining how often sexually active gay men should get tested for HIV and other STDs along with information about the potential need for oral and rectal screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia. The pamphlet also includes information about Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and HPV vaccination. This pamphlet replaces “A Gay Man’s Guide to STD Testing in Texas” (DSHS Stock No. 13-13979).

The new pamphlet may be downloaded electronically here (hyperlink). Texas residents may order limited quantities of the print version from the DSHS warehouse by following the instructions on the HIV and STD Educational Materials Available from DSHS page.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Proposed Changes to Texas HIV Medication Program Policies

The Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) is revising their existing policies in order to make needed updates and reflect current program operations. Public comment will be accepted on the revisions to these existing policies through March 30.

THMP Policies with Revisions
Policy
Number
Policy Title
700.001 Requests to Change State HIV Medication Formulary
700.002 Limits to the Number of Recipients Assigned to a Pharmacy
700.003 Texas HIV Medication Program Pharmacy Eligibility Criteria
700.004 HIV Medications Ordering Process for Pharmacies
700.005 Medicare Part D

Comments can be sent to:

Juanita Salinas
TB/HIV/STD/VH Unit – MC 7909
Texas Department of State Health Services
Post Office Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
or via e-mail to juanita.salinas@dshs.state.tx.us

Post Date and Time Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Free HCV Training in El Paso in April

The Texas Department of State Health Service (DSHS) is offering training on hepatitis C, which will cover HCV transmission/prevention, diagnostic tests, disease progression/management and new treatment therapies. The training will take place on Monday, April 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at:

TTHSC
Main Auditorium
4800 Alberta
El Paso, Texas 79905

The training will provided at no cost. However, registration is limited, so please register early as registration openings will fill up quickly. For registration please visit the event website.

For more information or if you have trouble registering, please contact Larry Cuellar, Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator or call (512) 533-3124.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Get Yourself Tested (GYT) Campaign Offers Free STD/HIV Educational Materials

The Get Yourself Tested (GYT) campaign encourages testing for STDs, including HIV, as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and empowers young people to have an open dialogue about STDs. GYT partners with the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), American College Health Association (ACHA), Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), MTV and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, with technical consultation provided by CDC.

NCSD now offers new GYT printed materials including: full (24 x 26) posters in multiple patterns, half (11 x 17) posters, postcards and stickers. As STD Awareness Month (April) is just around the corner, local health departments and other HIV/STD service agencies are welcome to use these materials in outreach and other prevention activities.

For more information, or to have materials shipped to you, please contact NCSD's Director of Policy and Communications, Stephanie Arnold Pang.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, March 3, 2015


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Texas HIV/STD Job Postings

May 14, 2015

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Testing Programs Manager
  • EBI Programs Manager
  • HRP Peer Facilitators (two part-time positions)

Learn more [ASA]

Houston - DSHS Public Health Region 6/5 South seeks Disease Intervention Specialist. Learn more

Lubbock - DSHS Public Health Region 1 seeks Assistant Director of Nursing and HIV/STD Nurse. Learn more

 

May 8, 2015

Corpus Christi - Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation seeks:

  • Director of Substance Abuse Programs
  • Registered Nurse

E-mail to learn more or submit your resume.

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks:

  • Associate Director of Clinical Research
  • Registered Nurse

Learn more [AIDS Arms]

 

April 30, 2015

Austin - Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services seeks Program Manager (Austin Area HIV Planning Council). Learn more [City of Austin]

 

April 29, 2015

Houston - DSHS Public Health Region 6/5 South seeks Disease Intervention Specialist. Learn more

Houston - Harris County Office of Human Resources & Risk Management seeks Assistant Coordinator for the Council (Ryan White Planning Council). Learn more [Harris County]

Houston - Houston Department of Health and Human Services seeks:

  • Senior Health Planner (CPG Liaison)
  • Senior Health Planner (Viral Hepatitis Coordinator)

Learn more [City of Houston]

 

April 23, 2015

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Non-Medical Programs Manager
  • Non-Medical Case Manager

Learn more [ASA]

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks a Manager for the Behavioral Health Program. Learn more [AIDS Arms]

Midland - DSHS Public Health Region 9/10 seeks Program Specialist III. Learn more

 

April 16, 2015

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Data Entry Clerk
  • Development Director
  • Executive Assistant
  • Medical Case Manager

Learn more [ASA]

Austin - David Powell (HIV Specialty Clinic) seeks Registered Nurse. Learn more [CommUnityCare]

 

April 6, 2015

Dallas - Legacy Counseling Center seeks Director of Development. E-mail Melissa Grove your resume and cover letter or to learn more.

Dallas - Legacy Founders Cottage seeks Housing Service Coordinator. E-mail Brooke Nickerson your resume and cover letter or to learn more.

 

March 31, 2015

Dallas - Parkland Health and Hospital System seeks Director, HIV Grants Program. Learn more [Parkland]

Houston - AAMA seeks:

  • Development Director
  • Director of Communications
  • HIV Outreach Specialist
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • LCDC Inpatient Adolescent Boys

Learn more [AAMA]

 

March 25, 2015

Austin - DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch seeks Epidemiologist III. Learn more

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks Medical Case Manager. Learn more [ASA]

 

March 11, 2015

Beaumont - Triangle AIDS Network seeks Executive Director. Contact Kathleen Feldschau to send your resume and cover letter or to learn more

Victoria - Victoria City-County Health Department Ryan White Program seeks Casework Associate. Learn more [Victoria County]

 

March 3, 2015

Fort Worth - AIDS Outreach Center seeks Bi-Lingual Medical Case Manager. Learn more [AOC]

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