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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

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    Austin, Texas 78714

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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


Funding Announcement for HIV Services in West Texas

The Pan-west/West Texas Administrative Agency Lubbock MHMR dba StarCare Specialty Health System has posted a Request for Proposal (RFP) for HIV Healthcare and Social Support Services Providers in the following HSDAs: Amarillo, Lubbock, Permian Basin, and El Paso. The funding sources are Ryan White Part B, State Services, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) and will fund outpatient ambulatory medical care, non-medical and medical case management, oral health, health insurance premium and cost-sharing assistance, mental health, and medical transportation among many other services.

Please visit the StarCare Specialty Health System website to view the RFPs and contact Chris Thomason, HIV Program Supervisor at cthomaso@starcarelubbock.org if you have any questions. Note: Letters of Intent are mandatory and due by close of business 4:00 p.m. CDT, March 2.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Webinar: STDs in Space?

The CDC webinar "STDs in Space?" will be held on March 12 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. CT. Most of us appreciate the simple elegance of maps of STD cases or incidence rates. Maps are a straightforward surveillance tool, helping us to identify areas with the greatest disease burden. But can maps and related spatial methods do more for us? Can these tools provide insights into the underlying epidemiology of STDs and provide guidance for intervention? And are they really so simple, or can we sometimes mislead ourselves?

This webinar will be presented by William C. Miller, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the newly appointed Editor-in-Chief for the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

To join the webinar, visit the webinar website the day of the event and call 888-469-1544. The conference number is PW158019and the participant passcode is 7082410.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Dr. Imtiaz Alam Presentation in Austin on the Latest Hepatitis C Treatment Therapies

Dr. Imtiaz Alam will be discussing new hepatitis C treatment medications available to address chronic viral hepatitis C infection. Dr. Alam will discuss the newly approved treatments, Sovaldi, Olysio,and the Viekera Pack, as well as other therapies being developed. There have been several advancements in the use of direct acting antiviral agents to obtain a sustained virologic response (SVR) to cure chronic hepatitis C. This therapy has been shown to treat patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) in 8 to 12 weeks.

The presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, February 24th, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina in Austin. The presentation is open to anyone and refreshments will be available.

This presentation is sponsored by Acaria Health Pharmacy.

To RSVP (required to attend), call Robin at 832-798-2104.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, February 10, 2015


National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Texas - 2015

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness DayFriday, February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). Communities across the state are conducting special activities to raise awareness of the disproportionate impact of HIV among Black people in Texas.

The primary goal of NBHAAD is to encourage African Americans to get tested and know their HIV status, get educated about the transmission modes of HIV/AIDS, get involved in their local community, and get treated if they are currently living with HIV or are newly diagnosed.

The HIV/STD Program extends gratitude to all of the agencies that sent event information to the Insider. You can learn more about NBHAAD on the NBHAAD website.

Please note that this list of events is for informational purposes only; the Texas Department of State Health Services does not necessarily sponsor or endorse any of the events and/or activities listed.

 

AMARILLO

The Amarillo Public Health Department is hosting a testing party on Saturday, February 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Ready for the World Salon, 1116 North Hughes in Amarillo. The event will use the 60-second HIV test and everyone who gets tested will receive a free $10 gift card. Please contact Floyd Anthony at 806-378-6331 or Rhonda McClenton at 806-678-7493 with questions.

 

AUSTIN

The City of Austin Health and Human Services Department - HIV Prevention Program will be providing free HIV/STD Testing, a “SPEAK OUT” Photo Booth, and services information table at Midtown Live, 7408 Cameron Road in Austin on Saturday, February 7 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Please contact Katherine Cantrell at 512-972-5137 with questions.

 

CORPUS CHRISTI

Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation will provide free HIV, Hepatitis C, and STD testing on Saturday, February 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Cliff Maus Apartments, 1458 West Point Road in Corpus Christi. Food, music and health education will also be provided. Please contact Roland Yzaguirre at 361-814-2001 with questions.

 

DALLAS

The Afiya Center in partnership with Parkland HIV Services, the Women's & Infant's Specialty Health Clinic (WISH) of Parkland, The Urban League of Greater Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center will host their 2nd "Get Tested. Grab A Bite." on Friday, February 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Afiya Center, 501 Wynnewood Village in Dallas. The event will feature free and confidential HIV and syphilis testing. Everyone who gets tested will receive a free BBQ chicken plate. Health education will be provided by Auntjuan Wiley the Executive Director of AIDS Walk South Dallas. Vendors will also be on hand including Life Wireless, Rite Care Specialty Pharmacy, and many more. There will also be giveaways and a live remote with K-104. Please contact James Gipson (e-mail jamesg@theafiyacenter.org or call 972-685-5571) or Jessica Chester (e-mail jessica.chester@phhs.org or call 214-266-1469) with questions.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation will hold a testing event and exclusive Meet & Greet with Trinity K. Bonet from Rupaul’s Drag Race on Saturday, February 7, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Out of the Closet Thrift Store, 3920 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas. Please contact Raul Ramirez at 469-506-7819 with questions.

Dallas County Health and Human Services, AIDS Arms and the Black AIDS Institute will host a Press Conference and Town Hall Meeting at Dallas County Health and Human Services, 2377 North Stemmons Freeway, Room 627 in Dallas on Friday February 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. The event will focus on the new Black AIDS Institute report When We Know Better, We Do Better that highlights the role science and treatment knowledge play in getting better outcomes in the treatment cascade and reducing new HIV infections. RSVP to britni.williams@dallascounty.org by Wednesday, February 4. Learn more at www.2015knowbetterdobetter.eventbrite.com

Dallas County Health and Human Services will provide free HIV/STD testing at the West Dallas Multipurpose Center, 2828 Fish Trap Road in Dallas on Friday, February 6 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Contact Tammara Scroggins with questions.

Resource Center Nelson-Tebedo Clinic will offer free walk-in HIV and syphilis testing, free condoms and more at 4012 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas on Saturday, February 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call the HIV Testing Hotline at 214-393-3700 with questions.

Resource Center United Black Ellument (UBE) presents National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Brunch with special keynote address by Dr. Theo Hodge in Dallas on Saturday, February 7 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. This is a free event for the community and will include a full brunch, program, giveaways, testing, and much more. RSVP is required. Please visit the UBE website to learn more and RSVP.

 

HOUSTON

St. Hope Foundation will provide free HIV and HCV screenings on Saturday, February 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at North Houston Enrollment Center, 714 Cypress Creek Parkway in Houston. Please visit the St. Hope Foundation website or contact Deonna Marshall at 713-778-1300 with questions.

 

KILLEEN

Central Texas Support Services in collaboration with THA 13th Ghost, Bell County Public Health District, KISS 103.1 FM, Word of Life - Substance Abuse & Spiritual Growth Center, will provide free HIV testing, education, and condoms at 1103 East Avenue A in Killeen on Saturday, February 7 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please contact Felix L. Almodovar at 254-771-3352 with questions.

 

Post Date and Time Wednesday, February 4, 2015


New Online Course from DSHS - HIV Prevention in Texas: From Research to Action

DSHS recently announced the new on-line course, "HIV Prevention in Texas: From Research to Action." This course is required for all new HIV prevention contractor staff and it is recommended for all current contractor staff to review the theories behind HIV prevention and the work they do. This course replaces Bridging Theory and Practice, a three-day face-to-face course that was required training for HIV prevention contractor staff implementing group and community level interventions.

The interactive online course "HIV Prevention In Texas: From Research to Action" is self-paced and focuses on key topics that will provide important information on the history and future of HIV prevention in Texas. New and experienced staff working in the HIV prevention field will gain an understanding of the research and reasons behind current policy and interventions. The course is comprised of three modules:

  1. History of HIV Prevention
  2. Comprehensive and Coordinated Strategies to Improve Health
  3. HIV/STD Prevention: Interventions and Definitions

Course topics include:

  • History of HIV in the United States
  • Timeline of HIV prevention interventions
  • Texas HIV prevention plan
  • Social determinants of health
  • Socio ecological approach
  • Behavioral theories
  • Components of interventions
  • HIV prevention interventions in Texas

The course may take up to four hours to complete.

To take this free online course, visit the Texas TRAIN website.

Post Date and Time Friday, January 30, 2015


Project LEAP in Houston Seeks Participants to Learn HIV Prevention and Care Services Planning

The Houston Area Ryan White Planning Council Office of Support is currently accepting applications for Project LEAP. Project LEAP (Learning, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Participation) is a free 17-week class that teaches people how they can help plan Houston area HIV prevention and care services. The class is open to everyone living in the Houston area, especially those who are HIV-positive. The class meets one day each week, usually on Wednesdays, beginning in March and ending with the Class Graduation in July 2015. All class materials are provided at no cost and a meal is served. Assistance with transportation or childcare is also available.

An application and in-person interview are required. To have an application form mailed to you, please call the Houston Area Ryan White Planning Council Office of Support at 713-572-3724, or you can apply online at: www.surveymonkey.com/S/PLEAP2015. Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, February 27. For questions about Project LEAP or the application process, please contact Diane Beck at 713-572-3724, diane.beck@hctx.net, or visit www.rwpchouston.org.

Post Date and Time Friday, January 30, 2015


What is Your Agency Doing for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day?

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) in the United States. The primary goal of this annual event is to encourage Black Americans to get tested and know their HIV status, get educated about the transmission modes of HIV/AIDS, get involved in their local community, and get treated if they are currently living with HIV or are newly diagnosed. More information about NBHAAD, including an event planning guide and a link to order supplies and materials, is available on the NBHAAD website.

The Texas Department of State Health Services' HIV/STD Program is compiling a list of NBHAAD-related activities taking place around the state for publication in the HIV/STD Insider. Please e-mail us a brief description of your NBHAAD plans that includes the following information:

  1. Agency name
  2. Event description
  3. Event date(s) and time(s)
  4. Event address
  5. Agency contact person and phone number

Please e-mail your information to Dan Warr by Tuesday, February 3 at 5:00 pm. Thank you for your cooperation.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, January 27, 2015


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

An Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) Training of Facilitators is scheduled for March 18-19 in Houston. 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 February 20.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Healthy People 2020 Progress Review: Social Determinants of Health and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Webinar

A Healthy People 2020 Progress Review webinar featuring the Social Determinants of Health and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health topic areas will be held on Thursday, February 5 at 11:30 a.m. CT. Progress Review webinars are focused on tracking and measuring the progress of select Healthy People 2020 objectives.

To be more effective, public health, health care, and prevention practitioners must understand the cultural context of their unique community and possess the skills and desire to work in those contexts. Cultural competence, the ability of an individual or organization to interact effectively with people of different cultures and backgrounds to produce positive change, is a key component to achieving the Healthy People 2020 goal of reducing health disparities and achieving health equity. This Progress Review webinar will highlight the importance of social determinants of health and cultural competence in working with LGBT and diverse populations to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity.

This webinar will feature Senior HHS officials. Additionally, presenters from a community-based organization will share their experience in offering culturally competent care.

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

Post Date and Time Tuesday, January 27, 2015


New DSHS Service Standards

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) Parts A and B program manuals now require that service standards are developed for each funded service category offered within the state or jurisdiction. These standards are in place to ensure that Ryan White (RW) HAP providers offer the same fundamental components of a given service category within a given service area. Measurement of service outcomes is greatly helped by the development of service standards and indicators addressing expected or desired service results, including the HRSA/HAB performance measures. These standards are required for all RW Part B/State Services funded providers with the goal that RW Part A providers will also implement.

DSHS has recently completed the service standards for the following categories:

  1. Emergency Financial Assistance
  2. Home and Community Based Health Services
  3. Home Health Care
  4. Hospice Care
  5. Legal Services
  6. Local AIDS Pharmaceutical Assistance
  7. Medical Nutrition Therapy
  8. Outpatient Ambulatory Medical Care and
  9. Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services
  10. Oral Health Care
  11. Case Management (Medical Case Management)
  12. Case Management (Non-medical Case Management)

In addition to the standards, DSHS has finalized monitoring tools for the above service categories. These tools will be used to assess the providers adherence to the standards and to determine strengths and areas needing improvement to help target technical assistance. You can view the standards and monitoring tools in the DSHS HIV services taxonomy.

Standards and monitoring tools for the remaining services categories will be completed by August 2015.

Post Date and Time Friday, January 23, 2015


New DSHS HIV/STD/TB Data Request E-mail

DSHS has created an e-mail address to respond to your Texas HIV, STD, or TB data requests. TBHIVSTDdata@dshs.state.tx.us is the new resource for anyone seeking data for statewide trends, local morbidity and mortality, disease in sub-populations, and more. DSHS also creates regular and special reports that contain a wealth of data on the burden of HIV/STD and TB in Texas.

Your non-data HIV/STD and TB questions or comments can be sent to the HIV/STD Program e-mail address at hivstd@dshs.state.tx.us or the TB and Refugee Services Branch at tb.feedback@dshs.state.tx.us.

Post Date and Time Friday, January 23, 2015


Request for Potential HOPWA Agencies in Fort Worth Area

The City of Fort Worth is developing a list of potential agencies that may be interested in applying for Housing Opportunity for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) grant funds. Agencies that could serve eligible persons with HIV/AIDS in Tarrant, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Somervell, and Wise Counties can contact Chris Anderson with the City of Fort Worth Housing and Economic Development Department. The Department would like applications from agencies that could provide housing assistance and/or supportive services for persons with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Post Date and Time Friday, January 23, 2015


Access to Health Coverage for Immigrants Living with HIV Webinar

The webinar "Access to Health Coverage for Immigrants Living with HIV" is scheduled for January 28 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. The webinar will cover health insurance and accessing health coverage for clients who are living with HIV and newly immigrated to the U.S. or may have family members in this situation. Expert presenters will explain how some immigrants may qualify for coverage, depending on their immigration status, and how immigrants can access other federal health care programs. Presenters will also share culturally and linguistically competent strategies to help address clients’ fears and concerns.

Visit the webinar website to learn more and register.

Post Date and Time Friday, January 23, 2015


Couples HIV Testing and Counseling Training of Providers

A Couples HIV Testing and Counseling Training of Providers is scheduled for February 18-19 in Corpus Christi. 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 February 3.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Save the Date for the 2015 National Sexual Health Conference

The National Sexual Health Conference will take place at Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colorado from July 13-14. Sexual health is an important issue in personal and public health, and sessions will be presented in the following areas: reproductive health, comprehensive sexual education, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, viral hepatitis, substance abuse, cultural competence, LGBT health, social media, mental health, high-impact prevention, sexual violence prevention, health disparities, affordable care act, continuum of care, human trafficking, stigma, social justice, and more.

Conference Purpose: To create a space to share information on sexual health and develop conversations about supporting healthy sexuality in clinical and non-clinical settings for people across the life span.

Target Audience: Health care providers, public health professionals, health educators, social workers, mental health providers, substance use counselors, health policy advocates, and faith-based communities

Submit an abstract for an oral presentation or poster by January 31. Find instructions at www.SexualHealth2015.org/Abstracts. Registration details coming soon to www.SexualHealth2015.org.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Social Media Training With Experts From AIDS.gov

AIDS.gov's Virtual Office Hours is free social media technical assistance service for the HIV community. Virtual Office Hours provides a tailored, one-on-one session with an AIDS.gov social media expert. You can make an appointment just for yourself, or invite other team members who may want to learn about ways to use social media.

It takes just 3 easy steps:

  1. Book your free, 45-minute appointment using our online scheduling service. Virtual Office Hours are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00- 3:00 p.m., CST
  2. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to a brief questionnaire, which needs to be completed prior to your appointment.
  3. You will have 45 minutes to connect with an AIDS.gov social media expert who will provide assistance customized to your questions.

Some topics from recent Virtual Office Hours:

  • Which social media tools are best for your audiences.
  • How to plan your social media strategy.
  • How to craft a great tweet within the 140 character limit.
  • How to be more efficient in managing your time spent on social media.
  • How to learn how to streamline your social media content.
  • How to use free analytics tools to measure your impact.
  • How to create eye-catching visuals for Instagram.
  • How social media can be a valuable part of your overall communications strategy.

Learn more and book your AIDS.com Virtual Office Hours appointment today.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Pharmaceutical Company Patient Assistance Programs and Co-payment Assistance Programs

A fact sheet, “Pharmaceutical Company Patient Assistance Programs and Co-payment Assistance Programs,” has been posted to the National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) website. The fact sheet provides background on what patient assistance and co-payment assistance programs are, how to apply for them, and an overview of PAP and CAP contact information, drugs covered, and financial eligibility criteria. The fact sheet also includes a list of additional resources and information on foundations that provide access to care assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Visit the NASTAD website to view the PDF fact sheet.

Post Date and TimeWednesday, January 7, 2015


2015 National Transgender Health Summit

The National Transgender Health Summit is scheduled for April 17-18 in Oakland, California. The Summit is a landmark program that presents cutting edge research and evidence-based education session across many disciplines and is the premiere national conference in transgender health. Programming will include world-renowned experts in the field of transgender health care including:

  • Clinical Track, chaired by Madeline Deutsch, M.D. (UCSF, Department of Family and Community Medicine)
  • Research Track, chaired by Jae Sevelius, Ph.D. (UCSF, Department of Medicine)
  • Mental Health Track, Academic Chair Dan Karasic, M.D. (UCSF, Department of Psychiatry), Community Co-chair Barbara Warren, Psy.D., LMHC (Mount Sinai- Beth Israel-NYC) and Logistic Co-chair Danielle Castro, M.A., MFTI (UCSF, Center of Excellence for Transgender Health)
  • Health Policy Institute, chaired by Jody Herman, Ph.D. (Transgender Research Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law), Harvey Makadon, M.D. (The National LGBT Health Education Center, The Fenway Institute), Jamison Green, Ph.D. (World Professional Association for Transgender Health), and Kellan Baker, M.P.H. (Center for American Progress)

Applications have been filed for the for the awarding of CME's and CEU's for this activity.

The two-day Summit is hosted by The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health in partnership with UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, UCSF Alliance Health Project, and The Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center.

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

Post Date and Time Wednesday, January 7, 2015


2015 Young Black Gay Men's Leadership Initiative Policy and Advocacy Summit

The 2015 Young Black Gay Men's Leadership Initiative Policy and Advocacy Summit (PAS) is scheduled for March 26-29, 2015. The summit is hosted by the Young Black Gay Men's Leadership Initiative (YBGLI) in collaboration with the National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition.

The 2015 PAS will build the capacity and leadership of young Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) in order to: a) more effectively influence and impact domestic knowledge and information sharing of YBMSM; and b) improve HIV prevention, care and treatment mobilization efforts for this population.

The 2015 summit seeks to bring together YBMSM leaders under the age of 30 from across the United States. Applicants will be selected based on a proven track of individual leadership skills, mobilizations and ability to display grassroots organizing on local and regional levels. The summit will include an advocacy and mobilization training to encourage activist at the local, state and national level through new media and effective ongoing engagement of the community.

If you would like to attend, please complete the summit application by Monday, January 5, 2015. Summit applicants will be notified by Monday, January 26, 2015 of their acceptance to attend. Those accepted to attend will be required to participant in a pre-conference webinar and notified of the summit location.

Contact the YBGLI at summit@ybgli.org for summit related questions and to inquire about sponsorship opportunities. To learn more, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Summit website.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Free HCV Training in Austin, Corpus Christi and San Antonio in January

DSHS and the Hepatitis C Support Project (HCSP) are 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 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Austin State Hospital Campus
Room 125, Building 552
4100 Guadalupe
Austin, Texas
Register

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Corpus Christi Health Department, Main Auditorium,
1702 Horne Road
Corpus Christi, Texas
Register

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Center for Healthcare Services
2711 Palo Alto Road
San Antonio, Texas
Register

The training will provided at no cost. However, registration is limited, so please register early as registration openings will fill up quickly. The deadline to register is January 13, 2015.

To learn more or if you have questions about registration, please contact Larry Cuellar, Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator at larry.cuellar@dshs.state.tx.us or (512) 533-3124.

Post Date and Time Friday, December 19, 2014


Online Perinatal HIV Course Updated

The free online DSHS Perinatal HIV Prevention course has been updated and once again offers continuing education credits. This one-hour course covers the guidelines and rules for HIV testing in pregnant women in Texas. The course covers the reduction in transmission rates for HIV+ pregnant women who receive treatment at the first prenatal visit, during labor and delivery and women who do not receive treatment. The course also provides resources for health care professionals with questions about treatment or guidelines. The course has been updated to include the new HIV testing algorithm.

The online course is available through the TRAIN Texas system.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, December 17, 2014


New E-Learning Courses from National Community Health Partners

National Community Health Partners (NCHP) now offers several new online courses including:

  • Peer Support
  • Self-Care
  • Healthy Boundaries
  • Introduction to Strategic Planning

NCHP online course catalog also includes several other courses:

  • HIV 101
  • Cultural Competency for the Transgender Population
  • Biomedical Strategies for HIV Prevention
  • Asset Mapping Fundamentals
  • Motivational Interviewing for People Living with HIV
  • Condom Distribution Primer
  • High-Impact Prevention

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

Post Date and Time Wednesday, December 17, 2014


How Do Women Think About HIV Risk?

US Women & PrEP Working Group are hosting a webinar on December 16 at 12:00 noon CT on women's perception of HIV risk. Learn more about how this perception impacts care providers and PrEP as a prevention option. Join the community focused on women, perception, providers and PrEP.

Speakers include:

  • Gina Brown - Office of AIDS Research, National Institutes of Health
  • Ariane van der Straten - Director of Women's Global Health Imperative, RTI
  • Sharon DeCuir - Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator, HAART (HIV/AIDS Alliance Region for Two, Inc.) - personal perspective
  • Moderator: Dázon Dixon Diallo, Convener, US Women and PrEP Working Group

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

Post Date and Time Friday, December 12, 2014


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 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.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, December 2, 2014


DSHS HIV Care Services Releases Minimum Standards and Monitoring Tools for HRSA Service Categories

Over the past six months DSHS’ HIV Care Services has been engaged in writing minimum standards and associated monitoring tools for some of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) 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 standards and monitoring tools have been written for the following service categories:

  1. Case Management
  2. Emergency Financial Assistance
  3. Home and Community Based Health
  4. Home Health Care
  5. Hospice Care
  6. Legal Services
  7. Local AIDS Pharmaceutical Assistance
  8. Medical Nutrition Therapy
  9. Oral Health Care
  10. Outpatient Ambulatory Medical Care
  11. Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services

As part of this process we are asking providers, consumers, and interested stakeholders to review and provide comments. Public comment was accepted through December 31, 2014.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, December 2, 2014


DSHS Releases 2013 Epi Profile

Epi ProfileThe 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.

Post Date and Time Monday, December 1, 2014


Vital Signs: HIV Diagnosis, Care, and Treatment Among Persons Living with HIV

The CDC MMWR entitled “Vital Signs: HIV Diagnosis, Care, and Treatment Among Persons Living with HIV — United States, 2011” was just released. You can find the MMWR article, fact sheet, and other materials at the Vital Signs webpage. The report focuses on the HIV Care Continuum in the United States and features data collected by MMP. Highlights from the report include:

For 2011, the data on the HIV Care Continuum showed that of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States:

  • 86% had been diagnosed with HIV,
  • 40% were engaged in HIV medical care,
  • 37% were prescribed antiretroviral therapy (ART), and
  • 30% achieved viral suppression.

A Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference will be held on December 2 at 1:00 p.m. CT to provide a forum for our nation's health officials. Visit the Vital Signs website to learn more.

MMP data are critically important to the nation as we implement and monitor the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the White House’s Continuum of Care Initiative.

Post Date and Time Monday, December 1, 2014


2015 National Transgender Health Summit Call for Abstracts

The 2015 National Transgender Health Summit will take place in Oakland, California April 17-18, 2015. This landmark program will present cutting edge research and evidence-based educational sessions across many disciplines and is the premiere national conference in transgender health.

  • Research Track abstracts submitted must be specifically focused on data-driven research; abstracts are not accepted for training workshops or didactic skills-building presentations.
  • Posters or oral presentations (approximately 15-20 minutes each to be organized into themed 90-minute sessions based on content) are acceptable presentation formats.

To learn more and to submit your abstract visit the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health website. The abstract submission deadline is December 12.

Post Date and Time Monday,December 1, 2014


World AIDS Day in Texas - 2014

World AIDS DayThe following is a list of World AIDS Day events taking place around Texas. The DSHS HIV/STD Program wishes to thank all of the organizations that sent event information to the Texas HIV/STD Insider. Please note that this list is for informational purposes only; DSHS does not necessarily sponsor or endorse any of the events and/or activities listed.

World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1st. The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. World AIDS Day provides governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic.

 

AUSTIN

The City of Austin Health and Human Services Department will host a World AIDS Day event at the David Chapel Church, 2211 Martin Luther King Boulevard in Austin on December 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Activities will include a workshop on steps to develop a HIV-compassionate church, brief personal accounts from individuals infected/affected by HIV/AIDS, History of World AIDS Day in Austin/AIDS Quilt, a presentation on the City of Austin’s vision of an HIV/AIDS response, a live radio remote, entertainment, and a proclamation and personal visit by the Mayor of Austin. To learn more about the workshop and register, visit the workshop website. To learn more about the event, contact Kimberly Williams.

The Care Communities and the host faith community Episcopal Church of the Resurrection will present the 17th annual Central Texas area World AIDS Day Interfaith Service of Remembrance and Hope. The service will be held on Monday, December 1 at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 2200 Justin Lane (near Burnet Road) beginning at 7:00 p.m. The community is invited to gather for this annual World AIDS Day service of remembrance, which marks world AIDS observances for 2014. This service also provides a vivid reminder of the need for renewed awareness of the extent of the HIV/AIDS pandemic here in central Texas. To learn more, e-mail Roger Temme or call him at 512-459-5883.

 

BEAUMONT

Legacy Community Health Services, in collaboration with Triangle AIDS Network, the Texas Black Women’s Initiative, Project AIDS Land Manor, Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Legal Shield, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Montrose Center, the City of Houston, the Beaumont Public Health Department, Community Health Choice, the Houston Department of Health and Human Services, and the Tri County Disproportionality & Disparities Advisory Committee, is sponsoring several events for World AIDS Day in Beaumont:

World AIDS Day Proclamation
Tuesday, November 25 from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Beaumont City Hall, 801 Main Street in Beaumont

HIV Testing

Monday, December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lamar University, 4400 South M L King Jr Parkway in Beaumont

Monday, December 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Triangle Area Network, 1495 North 7th Street in Beaumont

Monday, December 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The City of Beaumont Public Health Department, 950 Washington Boulevard in Beaumont

World AIDS Day Memory Quilt Display and Open House
Monday, December 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Triangle Area Network, 1495 North 7th Street in Beaumont

World AIDS Day Art Display
Monday, December 1 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Jefferson Theatre, 345 Fannin Street in Beaumont

Movie Screening: deepsouth
Monday, December 1 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Jefferson Theatre, 345 Fannin Street in Beaumont

deepsouth National Q&A Webcast Hosted by the producers of deepsouth
Monday, December 1 from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Jefferson Theatre, 345 Fannin Street in Beaumont

Walgreens and local partners will provide free services at 810 Hospital Drive in Beaumont (next to Baptist Hospital) on Saturday, November 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Services will include HIV testing, Hepatitis C testing, flu shots, and insurance enrollment information. To learn more, contact Cordella Lyon.

 

DALLAS

AIDS Arms is sponsoring three World AIDS Day events in Dallas:

Sunday, November 30, 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Rapid Testing at Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas

Monday, December 1, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Rapid Testing at Walgreens, 3802 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas

Sunday, December 7, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Rapid Testing at The Potter’s House, 6777 West Kiest Boulevard in Dallas (this event is presented in collaboration with the UT Southwestern Community Prevention and Intervention Unit).

To learn more about any of these events, contact James Berglund.

 

EL PASO

International AIDS Empowerment will host a community screening of the Spanish language version of the documentary deepsouth at the International AIDS Empowerment/ OUTright, 211 West Yandell Drive in El Paso on December 1 starting at 7:00 p.m. deepsouth is about the rural American South and the people who inhabit its most quiet corners. Beneath layers of history, poverty, and now soaring HIV infections, three Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solution to survive. To learn more about this event, e-mail Skip Rosenthal or call him at 915-253-0525.

 

HOUSTON

Legacy Community Health Services, in collaboration with Triangle AIDS Network, the Texas Black Women’s Initiative, Project AIDS Land Manor, Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Legal Shield, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Montrose Center, the City of Houston, the Beaumont Public Health Department, Community Health Choice, the Houston Department of Health and Human Services, and the Tri County Disproportionality & Disparities Advisory Committee, is sponsoring several events for World AIDS Day in Houston:

Red Ribbon Light Display
Saturday, November 29 through Monday, December 1
Legacy Community Health Services – Montrose, 1415 California Street in Houston

HIV Testing

Saturday, November 29 from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Club 20/20, 2020 Leeland Street in Houston

Sunday, November 30 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Bayou City, 2409 Grant Street in Houston

Monday, December 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Legacy Montrose Clinic, 1415 California Street in Houston

Monday, December 1 from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m.
MSociety – 1116 Jackson Boulevard in Houston

Monday, December 1 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
George’s Country Sports Bar, 617 Fairview Street in Houston

Tuesday, December 2 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Walgreens, 1515 Lockwood Drive in Houston

Wednesday, December 3 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Walgreens, 3317 Montrose Boulevard in Houston

World AIDS Day Candlelight Observance
Sponsored by: The City of Houston, Montrose Center and Legacy Community Health Services
Monday, December 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Legacy Community Health Services – Montrose, 1415 California Street in Houston

Movie Screening: The Normal Heart
Monday, December 1 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Montrose Center, 401 Branard Street in Houston

 

KILEEN

Central Texas Support Services in collaboration with Baylor Scott & White, DSHS Region 7 HIV/STD, Bell County Public Health Department, Central Texas College, Temple College, and Central Texas A & M is sponsoring several events for World AIDS Day in Central Texas Area.

HIV Testing

Monday, December 1 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Central Texas in Killeen- College Anderson Hall

Monday, December 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Temple College - Student Union Building

Tuesday, December 2 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Central Texas A & M in Killeen - Testing

Viewing of AIDS Memorial Quilt Public Viewing

Monday, December 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Central Texas College - Hobby Library

Monday, December 1 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Central Texas College - Hobby Library - Ceremony

To learn more, contact Central Texas Support Services 254-771-3352 and ask for Susan, Raymond or Felix.

 

LONGVIEW

Special Health Resources for Texas is hosting a free event at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 2100 South High Street in Longview on December 1 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event will include speakers, performers, vendors, a candle lighting ceremony, and HIV testing. To learn more, contact Tiffany Mack.

 

MIDLAND

The DSHS Region 9/10 HIV/STD Program will host a World AIDS Day event at Midland College (Marie Hall Room 111), 3600 North Garfield Street in Midland on December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will include free HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing as well as HIV/STD-prevention information. To learn more, contact Revequa Levario.

 

PLANO

The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse in collaboration with Health Services of North Texas will hold a World AIDS Day testing event on December 1 from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. at 2540 K Avenue in Plano. Hot dogs and chips as well as other incentives will be given out for those getting tested. To learn more, contact Sonny Blake.

 

RICHARDSON

C.U.R.E. and Health Services of North Texas will host a World AIDS Day Celebration and dinner on December 1 starting at 6:00 p.m. at Noah’s Event Center at 2251 North Greenville Avenue in Richardson. Seventeen panels from the The Names Project Foundation will be on display and another four will be presented that evening. The program will feature three presentations about the past, present and future of HIV care, and awards will be given to two long time practitioners in the field in Dallas, Steven Pounders, M.D. and Louis Sloan, M.D. The Names Project Foundation will receive a special award and will be presented to their executive director, Julie Rhoad. There will be a special time to remember those lost to the disease and those who live courageously with HIV. The event is for patients, family members and friends, staff and providers, and anyone touched by the disease. For more information call Dale McEowen, L.M.S.W. at Health Services of North Texas at 972-424-1480 ext. 4014 or Roseann Rossetti at C.U.R.E. at 972-517-2700.

 

RICHMOND

Just A Touch of H.E.L.P. (HIV/AIDS Education, Linkage to Care & Prevention Program) will host a community screening of the documentary deepsouth at the Mamie George Community Center, 111 Collins Road in Richmond on December 1 starting at 6:30 p.m. deepsouth is about the rural American South and the people who inhabit its most quiet corners. Beneath layers of history, poverty, and now soaring HIV infections, three Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solution to survive. To learn more about this event, visit the Just A Touch of Help website, e-mail, or call 832-277-4347.

 

SAN ANGELO

The DSHS Region 9/10 HIV/STD Program will host a World AIDS Day event at San Angelo State University (in the Multicultural Center), 2601 West Avenue N in San Angelo on December 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will include free HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing as well as HIV/STD-prevention information. To learn more, contact Revequa Levario.

 

SAN ANTONIO

San Antonio World AIDS Collaborative in cooperation with ACTS HIV Ministry, Alamo Area Resource Center, BEAT AIDS, Bexar County Department of Community Resources: Division of Community Health, Dignity, Fiesta Youth, Haven For Hope, Metropolitan Community Church of San Antonio, Pride Center, Ryan White Planning Council, San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF), South Texas Family AIDS Network, and University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will host a gathering of remembrance and hope at St. Philip’s College Watson Theater, 1801 Martin Luther King Drive in San Antonio on December 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event will include free HIV, syphilis and hepatitis C testing (starting at 4:00 pm.) as well as a social gathering and a recessional of light. This event is part of AIDS Awareness Week in San Antonio from November 30 to December 6. For a full list of Awareness Week activities visit www.saAIDSweek.org. events To learn more, e-mail Samuel Valdez or call him at 210-225-4715 ext. 140.

 

Post Date and Time Monday, November 24, 2014


Dallas Area HIV Services Handbook

Parkland Health & Hospital System, HIV Department recently announced the availability of the 2014 Dallas Area HIV Services Handbook. The handbook is available in both English and, for the first time, Spanish. The goal of the handbook is to provide HIV education and information to all clients and guide them to available medical care and support services in the Dallas regional area.

Post Date and Time Monday, November 24, 2014


What is Your Agency Doing for World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day December 1The annual observance of World AIDS Day will take place December 1, 2014.

The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. World AIDS Day provides governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic.

The DSHS TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit is compiling a list of World AIDS Day-related events taking place in Texas. This list will be published in the Texas HIV/STD Insider and shared with media entities and other interested parties inquiring about local activities.

Please e-mail a brief description of your plans for World AIDS Day that includes the following information:

  • Agency name
  • Agency contact person
  • Event date(s) and time(s)
  • Event address
  • Goal of event
  • Target audience of event (e.g., MSM, IDUs, adolescents)

NOTE: This call is limited to special World AIDS Day-related events only. Do not submit descriptions of regularly scheduled activities.

Please e-mail your event information by Friday, November 21 at 5:00 pm to Dan Warr.

Visit the following websites for additional World AIDS Day resources:

Post Date and Time Monday, November 17, 2014


Couples HIV Testing and Counseling Training of Providers

A Couples HIV Testing and Counseling Training of Providers is scheduled for December 3-4 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 2-day in-person training, participants will be expected to complete a 2-hour pre-training e-learning module.

To register to attend the CHTC Training of Providers, visit the Effective Interventions website.

Post Date and Time Monday, November 17, 2014


d-up: Defend Yourself Training of Facilitators Available Online

d-up: Defend Yourself! is a community-level intervention designed for and developed by Black men who have sex with men (MSM). d-up! is designed to promote social norms of condom use and assist Black MSM to recognize and handle risk related racial and sexual bias.

The free d-up! training of facilitators course is now available online on the Effective Interventions website. The course is self-paced, employs engaging videos with fun, interactive features, and includes activity and homework in your community.

Post Date and Time Monday, November 17, 2014


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April 16, 2015

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

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

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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

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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]

 

February 25, 2015

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks Accounting Specialist. Learn more [ASA]

Austin - Austin/Travis County Health Department seeks Refugee Clinic Program Manager. Learn more [City of Austin]

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks:

  • Case Manager
  • Linkage to Care Specialist
  • Medical Records Coordinator

Learn more [AIDS Arms]

Fort Worth - Health Education Learning Project seeks Masters level Community Health Coordinator. Learn more [HELP]

Harlingen - Valley AIDS Council seeks Chief Financial Officer for the Westbrook Clinic. Learn more [VAC]

 

February 10, 2015

Austin - DSHS HIV Prevention Services Group seeks Program Specialist IV. Learn more

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

Austin - Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department seeks Health and Human Services Program Manager. Learn more [City of Austin]

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

 

February 4, 2015

San Antonio - San Antonio AIDS Foundation seeks:

  • Early Intervention Services (EIS) Case Manager
  • Case Manager

Learn more [SAAF]

 

January 30, 2015

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Medical Case Manager
  • Dental Hygienist

Learn more [ASA]

Dallas - The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse seeks full-time HIV Early Intervention Case Manager (bi-lingual preferred). E-mail the Dallas Council to learn more or submit your resume.

Harlingen - Valley AIDS Council's Westbrook Clinic seeks Dental Hygienist. Learn more [VAC]

 

January 27, 2015

Houston - DSHS Public Health Region 6/5 South seeks:

 

January 23, 2015

Austin - Jack Sansing Dental Clinic seeks:

  • Dental Clinic Receptionist
  • Registered Dental Assistant

Learn more [AIDS Services of Austin]

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks Promotores de Salud. Learn more [AIDS Arms]

 

January 14, 2015

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Medical Case Manager
  • Outreach Coordinator

Learn more [ASA]

Austin - Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department seeks:

  • Community Worker (link)
  • Health and Human Services Program Manager (link)

Learn more at the links above

 

January 7, 2015

Austin - DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch seeks Program Specialist IV. Learn more

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks Medical Assistant. Learn more [AIDS Arms]

Fort Worth - AIDS Outreach Center seeks Nutrition Counselor. Learn more [AOC]

 

December 30, 2014

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks:

  • Behavioral Health Manager
  • Development Associate

Learn more [AIDS Arms]

 

December 19, 2014

Austin - The Care Communities seeks full-time Volunteer Manager/Social Worker. E-mail Daniel Holland to learn more or submit your resume

 

December 17, 2014

Austin - DSHS HIV/STD Care Services Group seeks HIV Care Training Specialist IV. Learn more

Austin - DSHS Abstinence Program seeks Abstinence Education Program Team Lead Learn more

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Prevention Promotions Specialist
  • Volunteer Manager

Learn more [ASA]

Lubbock - DSHS Region 1 seeks Disease Intervention Specialist. Learn more

 

December 12, 2014

Austin - DSHS HIV/STD Care Services Group seeks HIV Care Services Program Consultant. Learn more

Austin - DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch seeks Program Specialist IV. Learn more

Austin - DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch seeks Statistician IV. Learn more

Austin - Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department seeks Public Health Program Specialist II. Learn more [City of Austin]

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks:

  • Case Manager II
  • Referral Case Manager

Learn more [AIDS Arms]

Tuscon, Arizona - National Community Health Partners seeks HIV/AIDS Prevention Trainer. E-mail Harold Thomas learn more or submit your resume

 

December 2, 2014

Austin - The Wright House Wellness Center seeks:

  • Housing Case Manager
  • Data Specialist

To learn more or apply, please send cover letter and resume to jobs@thewrighthouse.org or fax to 512-467-0829

December 1, 2014

Austin - DSHS Epidemiology and Surveillance Group seeks two Program Specialist IV. Learn more

Austin - DSHS TB and Refugee Health Services Branch seeks Program Specialist IV. Learn more

Austin - Cardea seeks Training Specialist/Project Manager. To learn more or apply, please send cover letter and resume to lpelliccia@cardeaservices.org

 

November 24, 2014

Austin - DSHS Epidemiology and Surveillance Group seeks Program Specialist IV. Learn more

 

November 17, 2014

Austin - Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department seeks:

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks Case Manager for the Community and Client Services program. Learn more [AIDS Arms]

El Paso - City of El Paso Department of Public Health seeks HIV/Disease Intervention Supervisor. Learn more [City of El Paso]

Fort Worth - AIDS Outreach Center seeks Prevention Program Assistant. Learn more [AOC]

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