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2016 Texas HIV/STD Conference Call for Standard Presentation Abstracts

2016 Texas HIV/STD Conference logoDSHS invites proposals for breakout sessions and poster presentations at the 2016 Texas HIV/STD Conference scheduled for October 4-6, 2016 in Austin. The theme of the conference is "Empowering Transformations - A New Generation of HIV/STD PrEPardedness, Prevention and Care." You may submit a Call for Presentation Abstract (Word : 30 kb) beginning today. Abstracts are due by April 1, 2016.

Research abstracts will be posted soon.

To learn more about the 2016 Texas HIV/STD Conference, visit the conference website.

Post Date and Time Monday, February 8, 2016


Medication Advisory Committee Meeting Postponed

The THMP Medication Advisory Committee meeting originally scheduled for March 4 has been postponed. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

Post Date and Time Monday, February 8, 2016


CDC Issues Guidance for Preventing Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus

From CDC:

CDC issues Interim Guidelines for Preventing Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus and Updated Interim Guidelines for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age with Possible Zika Virus Exposure

CDC has issued new interim guidance on preventing sexual transmission of Zika virus after confirming through laboratory testing, in collaboration with Dallas County Health and Human Services, the first case of Zika virus infection in a non-traveler in the continental United States during this outbreak.

Although sexual transmission of Zika virus infection is possible, mosquito bites remain the primary way that Zika virus is transmitted. Because there currently is no vaccine or treatment for Zika virus, the best way to avoid Zika virus infection is to prevent mosquito bites.

Based on what we know now, CDC is issuing interim recommendations to prevent sexual transmission of Zika virus. To date, there have been no reports of sexual transmission of Zika virus from infected women to their sex partners. CDC expects to update its interim guidance as new information becomes available.

New recommendations for pregnant women, and men with pregnant sex partners who live in or have traveled to Zika-affected areas:

  • Pregnant women and their male sex partners should discuss the male partner’s potential exposures and history of Zika-like illness with the pregnant woman’s health care provider (www.cdc.gov/zika/symptoms/). Providers should consult CDC’s guidelines for evaluation and testing of pregnant women.
  • Men with a pregnant sex partner who reside in or have traveled to an area of active Zika virus transmission and their pregnant sex partners should consistently and correctly use condoms during sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) or abstain from sexual activity for the duration of the pregnancy. Consistent and correct use of latex condoms reduces the risk of sexual transmission of many infections, including those caused by other viruses.

New recommendations for non-pregnant women, and men with non-pregnant sexual partners who live in or have traveled to Zika-affected areas:

  • Couples in which a man resides in or has traveled to an area of active Zika virus transmission who are concerned about sexual transmission of Zika virus may consider using condoms consistently and correctly during sex or abstaining from sexual activity.
  • Couples may consider several factors when making this complex and personal decision to abstain or use condoms:
    • Zika virus illness is usually mild. An estimated 4 out of 5 people infected never have symptoms; when symptoms occur they may last from several days to one week.
    • The risk of Zika infection depends on how long and how much a person has been exposed to infected mosquitoes, and the steps taken to prevent mosquito bites while in an affected area.
  • The science is not clear on how long the risk should be avoided. Research is now underway to answer this question as soon as possible. If you are trying to get pregnant, you may consider testing in discussion with your health care provider.

Updated interim guidelines for healthcare providers

CDC also has updated its interim guidance for healthcare providers in the United States caring for pregnant women and women of reproductive age with possible Zika virus exposure.

The updated guidelines recommend that pregnant women without symptoms of Zika virus disease can be offered testing 2 to 12 weeks after returning from areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission.

New recommendations for women who reside in areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission, both pregnant women and women of reproductive age, include the following:

  • For pregnant women experiencing symptoms consistent with Zika virus disease, testing is recommended at the time of illness.
  • For pregnant women not experiencing symptoms consistent with Zika virus disease, testing is recommended when women begin prenatal care. Follow-up testing around the middle of the second trimester of pregnancy is also recommended, because of an ongoing risk of Zika virus exposure. Pregnant women should receive routine prenatal care, including an ultrasound during the second trimester of pregnancy. An additional ultrasound may be performed at the discretion of the health care provider.
  • For women of reproductive age, healthcare providers should discuss strategies to prevent unintended pregnancy, including counseling on family planning and the correct and consistent use of effective contraceptive methods, in the context of the potential risks of Zika virus transmission.
  • Local health officials will need to determine when to implement testing recommendations for pregnant women without symptoms based on information about local levels of Zika virus transmission and local laboratory capacity.

All travelers to or residents of areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission should strictly follow measures to prevent mosquito bites.

CDC continues to work with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus‎ transmission. CDC has issued travel alerts (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. For a full list of affected countries/regions, check this site regularly: www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html.

CDC guidance on Zika virus, its transmission, treatment, and response to the outbreak will continue to be updated as more becomes known.

Post Date and Time Friday, February 5, 2016


National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Texas - 2016

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness DaySunday, 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 City of Amarillo Department of Public Health and co-sponsors WTAMU Black Women’s Student Association & Black Men’s Student Association will offer free rapid HIV testing on Wednesday, February 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at West Texas A&M University Jack P. Kelley Student Center. Please contact Marcus Nerios at marcus.nerios@amarillo.gov with questions.

The City of Amarillo Department of Public Health and partner Connected Churches will host a conference on the "Leading Causes of Death in African Americans" on Saturday, February 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Amarillo United Citizens Forum, 901 North Hayden, in Amarillo. Free rapid HIV testing will be available. Please contact Marcus Nerios at marcus.nerios@amarillo.gov with questions.

 

CORPUS CHRISTI

Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation in cooperation with Del Mar College will offering free HIV/STD and Hepatitis C testing on Monday, February 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Del Mar College Student Center, 101 Baldwin Boulevard in Corpus Christi. Please contact Roland Yzaguirre at 361-814-2001 with questions.

 

DESOTO

AIDS Arms is offering rapid HIV screening on Sunday, February 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Disciple Christ Community Church, 900 North Polk in DeSoto. Please contact James Berglund at james.berglund@aidsarms.org with questions.

 

Post Date and Time Thursday, February 4, 2016


Consolidated DSHS TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Security Procedures

DSHS recently posted a new consolidated security procedure "TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit Confidential Information Security Procedures" (Procedure 2016.01). The new procedure combines five previous security procedures into one:

  • TB/HIV/STD and Viral Hepatitis Unit TB Program Confidential Information Security Procedures (2011.02)
  • Medical Monitoring Project (MMP) Confidential Information Security Procedures (321.001)
  • HIV/STD Public Health Follow-Up (PHFU) Confidential Information Security Procedures (322.001)
  • TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Confidential Information Security Procedures (323.001)
  • Texas HIV Medication Program Security Procedures (324.001)

These five procedures have now been discontinued. The new procedure also contains additional technical language and information related to telecommuting.

Post Date and Time Thursday, February 4, 2016


2016 Grace Project National Conference for Women Living With HIV

"Better Together," the 2016 Grace Project National Conference for Women Living with HIV is scheduled for May 6-8 at the Westin Park Central in Dallas. The three-day conference uplifts and surrounds women affected by HIV/AIDS with support, resources, and camaraderie.

The conference will include:

  • Financial literacy classes
  • Letter writing classes
  • A clothes closet for attendees to pick from
  • A wellness room
  • 15 speakers
  • A makeover room and more

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

Post Date and Time Thursday, February 4, 2016


ICD-10 Coding For STDs Webinar

The National STD Technical Assistance Center (TAC) will host “An Overview of ICD-10 Coding for STD Services," on Wednesday, February 24, at 1:00 p.m. CT. The one hour webinar will provide an overview of STD-Related ICD-10 codes and how they differ from ICD-9 codes.

Visit the webinar website to learn more and to register.

Post Date and Time Thursday, February 4, 2016


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

Please submit your agency's activities for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) on February 7. 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 2 at 5:00 pm. Thank you for your cooperation.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, February 2, 2016


National Black AIDS Awareness Day Materials From Greater Than AIDS

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is Sunday, February 7. Help get out the word this NBHAAD with We Are Family, a new campaign from Greater Than AIDS. The campaign includes videos, social media graphics, flyers and more to support your events and activities around the day.

According to a 2014 survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 40 percent of Black Americans say they know someone living with, or who has died of, HIV/AIDS; for many, a family member or close friend. For people living with HIV, having the support of loved ones can make a big difference in health outcomes and general well-being. Research shows people with HIV who have strong support networks are more likely to get and stay in care, which both improves health outcomes and reduces the spread of the disease. Conversely, fear of judgement and rejection can delay a person from seeking lifesaving treatment or even knowing their status.

View and download materials from the We Are Family campaign from the Greater than AIDS website today.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, February 2, 2016


AIDS.gov Adds New Communication Tool

AIDS.gov is streamlining their email and subscription lists and expanding the range of HIV-related topics available to customers. You can now receive email updates from AIDS.gov through GovDelivery. Making this switch means you’ll receive email updates on HIV-related topics faster, and you can choose which topics hit your Inbox. You can visit GovDelivery anytime to add or change topics or the frequency of emails.

Here are just a few of the topics now available for subscription:

  • The AIDS.gov blog — Keep current with news and updates on social media, policies and programs, research, and global HIV/AIDS topics.
  • Digital/Social Media — Discover how you can use digital tools for HIV outreach and planning.
  • Federal Resources — Learn more about U.S. Government HIV-related policies, programs, and resources.
  • HIV Basics — Access resources about how to prevent HIV infection and how to stay healthy if you are living with the virus.
  • National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days — Find tools, graphics, and digital resources to use for your awareness day activities.
  • National HIV/AIDS Strategy — Learn how the Strategy is shaping the way the Nation responds to HIV.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, February 2, 2016


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

Sunday, February 7, 2016 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 DSHS 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 2 at 5:00 pm. Thank you for your cooperation.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, January 26, 2016


HIV Prevention Summit in Houston

An HIV Prevention Summit is scheduled for 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on February 5 in Houston. The summit will discuss advances in HIV prevention and include roundtable discussion for health care professionals, community agencies, activists and patients.

This summit is hosted by PrEP Houston and supported by South Central AIDS Education Training Center and an Educational Grant from Gilead Sciences.

To learn more and to register, visit the summit website. Registration is free.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, January 26, 2016


2016 HIV Diagnostics Conference

The Association of Public Health Laboratories will host the 2016 HIV Diagnostics Conference March 21–24 in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of the conference is "New Landscape of HIV Testing in Laboratories, Public Health Programs and Clinical Practice." The conference aims to provide attendees with information on currently available and cutting edge HIV tests and strategies for their use.

Attendees will include public health officials, laboratorians, HIV testing program managers, surveillance coordinators and industry representatives. This unique confluence of subject matter experts involved in every aspect of HIV testing has fostered the development and use of new HIV testing technology in the United States. The conference, the only meeting of its kind, offers a unique opportunity for persons involved in HIV testing to become familiar with test performance data, best practices, implementation of new HIV testing algorithms, quality assurance, and the application of new tests in a variety of settings.

This conference is organized under a collaborative agreement with the American Sexual Health Association, American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association, APHL and the CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.

To learn more and to register, visit the conference website. Register before February 1 to save $50.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, January 26, 2016


2016 Saving Ourselves Symposium

The Saving Ourselves Symposium (SOS) will be held June 9-12 in Memphis, Tennessee. SOS, in its fourth year, will bring together community activists, stakeholders, elected officials, public health officials and social justice and clergy leaders to discuss the needs of the Black LGBT community living in the South.

Abstracts are now being accepted. Registration for the symposium opens March 1. There is no registration fee.

To learn more, visit the symposium sponsor The Red Door Foundation website. E-mail The Red Door Foundation for information about abstract submission or sponsorship opportunities.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Free Hepatitis C Training Workshop in Fort Worth

DSHS and MHMR Tarrant are offering training on hepatitis C (HCV), specifically focusing on HCV testing and providing HCV post-test counseling results. The training will also cover HCV transmission/prevention, diagnostic tests, disease progression/management and new treatment therapies. The training will take place on Friday, February 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at:

Tarrant County Resource Connection
Conference Center
2300 Circle Drive, Gym Building, Elm Room
Fort Worth, Texas

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 February 2. To learn more or to register, visit the workshop website.

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

Post Date and Time Friday, January 22, 2016


PrEP4Life Webinar Series on Women and PrEP

Iris House, in collaboration with The National Women and AIDS Collective (NWAC) and Christie’s Place is hosting an educational webinar series on women and PrEP. "PrEP4Life" is a two-part webinar series held on January 26 and February 2 from 1:00 to 2:30 CT.

PrEP means Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. PrEP is a medication designed to keep HIV-negative people from becoming HIV-positive. This webinar series will provide professionals in the field of HIV and people living with HIV with information on distinguishing the facts from the myths, helping women access PrEP, and linking women to treatment.

  • The presenters for Session One (January 26): The Facts from the Myths are Dazon D. Dixon, Executive Director, SisterLove and Ofelia Barrios, Sr. Dir. of Community Health Initiatives, Iris House.
  • The presenter for Session Two (February 2): Linking Women to Treatment is Dr. Theresa Mack, MD., Internal Medicine /Infectious Disease Specialists, St. Luke's Medical Group.

Attendees who attend both sessions will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

To learn more and to register, visit the webinar website. If you have any questions about NWAC or the webinar series, please email NWAC.

Post Date and Time Friday, January 22, 2016


2015 STD Treatment Guidelines Now Available as Apple and Android Apps

CDC recently announced that the Android version of the 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines mobile app is now available for download. The Android version has a new look and an up-to-date design with the latest version of the Android OS. Both the Android and Apple versions now have the ability to receive Push Notifications that can be used to alert the user to new versions of the app or other updates. Also, both versions have the ability to share info about the app with colleagues via Facebook, Twitter, email and text.

Download the free app today.

Post Date and Time Friday, January 22, 2016


We Are Family/Somos Familia Campaign

The We Are Family/Somos Familia campaign from Greater Than AIDS focuses on the important role family and support networks can play in the health of people living with HIV. Greater Than AIDS and DSHS are seeking Texas Latinos living with HIV who have experienced significant support from their family, friends and/or other interpersonal relationships who have helped them live well with HIV. To learn more and to apply to appear in the We Are Family/Somos Familia campaign, visit the Greater than AIDS website.

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For questions and other inquiries, please email James or call (214) 744-3670.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Integrating Routine HIV Screening in Emergency Departments Webinar

NASTAD, in partnership with the University of Washington and Cardea, will present the webinar "Integrating Routine HIV Screening in Emergency Departments"on Thursday, January 21 from 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. CST. The webinar will include a discussion of best practices from Emergency Departments implementing routine HIV screening and pursuing third-party reimbursement for screening. Brief presentations from Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix and Highland Hospital in Oakland will be followed by discussion, questions, and answers among participants and presenters. Health department staff are encouraged to invite relevant Emergency Department providers/staff in your jurisdiction with whom you may be working on integration of routine HIV testing and billing and reimbursement.

Webinar Information:

For questions about the webinar, please contact Amy Killelea.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, January 20, 2016


2016 Texas HIV/STD Conference Survey

2016 Texas HIV/STD Conference LogoThe Texas HIV/STD Conference will take place October 4-6, 2016 in Austin and we want to hear from conference attendees and other stakeholders about what you want to see at this year’s conference.

Please take a moment to tell our conference planning team about the topics, speakers and presentation styles that interest you most by completing the brief pre-conference survey below:

2016 Texas HIV/STD Conference Survey [Survey Monkey]

Please complete the survey no later than Friday, January 29. Your input is greatly appreciated and will guide us toward providing the most effective and valuable conference sessions for everyone. For more information about the 2016 conference, please visit the conference webpage.

Post Date and Time Friday, January 15, 2016


Personalized Cognitive Counseling (PCC) Training of Counselors

A Personalized Cognitive Counseling (PCC) Training of Counselors has been scheduled for February 11-12, 2016 in Dallas. PCC is an individual-level, single session counseling intervention designed to reduce unprotected anal intercourse among men who have sex with men 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.

To learn more and to apply to attend this training, visit the Effective Interventions website. Apply by January 15, 2016.

Post Date and Time Thursday, January 14, 2016


Houston Project L.E.A.P. Accepting Applications

The Houston Ryan White Planning Council Office of Support is now taking applications for the 2016 Project L.E.A.P. course. Project L.E.A.P. (Learning, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Participation) is a free 17-week training course for individuals living with and affected by HIV to gain the knowledge and skills needed to help plan HIV prevention and care services in the Houston Area. Topics covered include HIV 101, a history of HIV in the Houston area, local HIV trends, services for people with HIV and more. Classes will meet Wednesdays from April through July. A brief written application and in-person interview are required. Applicants must live or work in one of the following counties: Harris, Fort Bend, Waller, Montgomery, Liberty, Chambers, Wharton, Colorado, Austin, or Walker County.

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2016.

To apply or learn more, visit the Project L.E.A.P. application site. To receive a paper application, or if you have any questions, please contact the Ryan White Planning Council Office of Support at 713-572-3724.

Post Date and Time Thursday, January 14, 2016


HHS Antiretroviral Guidelines Panel Seeks Community Nominees

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents is accepting nominations for a new community representative to serve a four-year term beginning April 2016 with potential for reappointment for one additional term. The Panel welcomes diversified representation in the community membership reflecting the demographics of the current HIV epidemics in the US. The community member may assist the Panel in identifying and addressing unique treatment aspects that relate to the constituency he/she represents. The candidate shall have knowledge and involvement in issues related to management of HIV-infected adults and adolescents, as evidenced by experience in HIV treatment education/advocacy or clinical/public policy initiatives related to HIV treatment.

The Panel is a Working Group of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Counsel of the National Institutes of Health. The Panel is comprised of over 40 members who are clinicians, researchers, academicians, HHS representatives, and community representatives with expertise in HIV management in the US. The Panel meets monthly via teleconferencing and annually in a face-to-face meeting to review and critically evaluate emerging scientific data relating to antiretroviral therapy and revise the “Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents”. The guideline is a Living Document that can be found on the NIH website. The last revision was released on April 8, 2015.

Panel members are not compensated for their time commitment.

The nomination should include a resume and a letter of nomination or a letter of interest with specific reference as to how the nominee would contribute to the work of the Panel. Self nomination is welcome. All supporting documents should be submitted to Alice Pau, Pharm.D. electronically (apau@niaid.nih.gov) by no later than January 25.

Post Date and Time Thursday, January 14, 2016


Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea on the Rise

Gonorrhea is developing a resistance to the last classes of drugs available in the U.S. that are able to cure infection. Changes to gonorrhea treatment recommendations in recent years reduced resistance but those improvements may be short-lived. DSHS recently released a Dear Colleague letter (PDF : 8,855 kb) detailing the increase in cephalosporin-resistant gonorrhea since 2013.

The letter is aimed at clinicians that treat STDs outlines the new CDC recommendations for gonorrhea treatment. It also provides links to the Texas gonorrhea response plan and contact information for experts in the field.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Webinar Series Addresses Fears About HPV Vaccine

In observance of Cervical Health Awareness Month in January, CDC Adolescent Immunization Communications Team presents the “Taming Conversations Around HPV Vaccine and Other Immunizations in Social Media” webinar series. This weekly presentation will address various aspects of engaging with negative comments or safety concerns on social media platforms. Discussion will be mostly focused on HPV vaccine, and the unique challenges that come with it; however many principles that we will address are relevant to immunization overall. Each webinar will offer perspectives from experts in immunization, vaccine safety, vaccine acceptance, and social media.

Please register for one or more of the webinars listed below and share this announcement with your colleagues and partners.

  • Vaccine Hesitancy, Public Health, and Evidence Based Research
    January 8 - 10:00 a.m. CT
    Presented by Seth Mnookin
    Webinar registration site

  • To Engage or Not to Engage: That is the question for social media comments
    January 14 - 3:00 p.m. CT
    Presented by Julie Leask, PhD, MPH
    Webinar registration site

  • But I saw it on the internet! Addressing safety concerns that have gone viral
    January 22 - 10:00 a.m. CT
    Presented by Cindy Weinbaum, MD, MPH and Melinda Wharton, MD, MPH
    Webinar registration site

  • Harnessing Enthusiasm: Real world examples of engaging partners in social media discussions
    January 29 - 10:00 a.m. CT
    Presented by Karen Ernst and Christine Vara
    Webinar registration site

Post Date and Time Wednesday, December 30, 2015


2016 Texas HIV/STD Conference Scholarship Application Now Available

2016 Texas HIV/STD Conference LogoScholarship applications to attend the 2016 Texas HIV/STD Conference on October 4-6, 2016 are now available. The purpose of this scholarship is to support practicing and aspiring HIV/STD health professionals seeking to expand their knowledge of the spectrum of HIV/STD prevention and treatment services in Texas. Each scholarship recipient will receive a waived conference registration fee. Applicants may also request travel expenses. The following people are eligible and encouraged to apply:

  • HIV/STD health professionals at the local and community levels who are not employed by DSHS HIV/STD contractors
  • Consumers/stakeholders/volunteers
  • College students
  • People unable to attend the conference without financial support

The application is available at the conference website and is due on April 30, 2016.

Post Date and Time Thursday, December 17, 2015


Epi Profile Shows State of HIV in Texas

The DSHS TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit released the 2014 Texas HIV Integrated Epidemiologic Profile (Epi Profile), a summary of information on known 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 the HIV epidemic in Texas at the end of 2014.

Over 80,000 Texans are known to be living with HIV. This does not include the nearly 18,000 persons who are estimated to be living with HIV and unaware of their infection. The face of HIV in Texas is increasingly young, Black or Hispanic, and male. The vast majority of new infections and diagnoses occur in gay or other men who have sex with men (MSM).

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 Tuesday, December 1, 2015


World AIDS Day in Texas - 2015

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.

 

CORPUS CHRISTI

Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation will host a World AIDS Day event at their office at 5633 South Staples Street, #700 on December 1 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and will honor those who have passed away and raise awareness about the need to continue the fight against AIDS. Free HIV testing will be available. To learn more, contact Bill Hoelscher at 361-814-2001.

 

DALLAS

AIDS Arms will offer free rapid HIV testing at Southern Methodist University, 6400 Hillcrest Avenue on December 2 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. To learn more, contact James Berglund.

 

HOUSTON

Fundación Latinoamericana de Acción Social will host a World AIDS Day event at the Consulate General of Mexico, 4507 San Jacinto on December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will feature free HIV testing and a candlelight vigil to celebrate and honor family, friends and loved ones who have died and live with this disease. To learn more, e-mail Elia Chino or Kimmy Palacios or call 713-772-2366 or 713-201-1602.

 

LONGVIEW

Special Health Resources for Texas will hold a World AIDS Day event at Bethel Baptist Church, 323 South Court Street on December 1 starting at 7:00 p.m. The goal of the event is to raise awareness in the local community. Everyone is invited. To learn more, e-mail Tiffany Mack or call her at 903-597-7558 ext 425.

 

LUBBOCK

StarCare Specialty Health System in partnership with the City of Lubbock Health Department will offer free HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing at Texas Tech on December 1. To learn more, contact Freddie Harris.

 

MESQUITE

AIDS Arms will offer rapid HIV testing at Eastfield College, 3737 Motley Drive, Room C-135 on December 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To learn more, contact James Berglund.

 

MIDLAND

DSHS Region 9/10 DIS and Midland local office HIV/STD program staff join with Basin Assistance Services to offer HIV/STD testing at University of Texas Permian Basin, MESA Building on the 2nd floor in the Success Center (formerly, Student Union Area) on December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will feature “Ask the Doctor” featuring Dr. Satish Mocherla, MD, local infectious disease physician. To learn more, contact Julie Ryan at 432-571-4150 or Renue Jones at 432-580-0713.

 

NACOGDOCHES

Health Horizons of East Texas will host “World AIDS Day in the Park” at Pecan Park, 826 Starr Avenue on December 1 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The event will provide awareness at the local level as well as on the global AIDS epidemic. Free HIV Testing will be provided during and after event at the park. To learn more, call Health Horizons at 936-569-8240, ext 18.

 

SAN ANGELO

DSHS Region 9/10 DIS and the San Angelo Health Department will offer HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing at the Angelo State University medical facility on December 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To learn more, contact Samuel Guerrero at 325-659-7851

 

Post Date and Time Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Webinar: Updates From the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference

The University of Washington Public Health Capacity Building Center will host a webinar on Monday, December 21 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. CT to provide updates from the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference held in Atlanta in early December. The hosts will share information, strategies, insights and best practices from the conference. Topics will include:

  • Prevention with Negatives
  • HIV Testing
  • Prevention with Positives
  • High Impact Prevention Policies
  • Organizational Development

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

Post Date and Time Tuesday, November 24, 2015


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, 2015.

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 Monday, November 23 at 5:00 pm to Dan Warr.

Visit AIDS.gov World AIDS Day page to learn more.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Clinical Advisory: Ocular Syphilis in the United States

From CDC: Between December 2014 and March 2015, 12 cases of ocular syphilis were reported from two major cities, San Francisco and Seattle. Subsequent case finding indicated more than 150 cases reported over the past 2 years from 20 states. The majority of cases have been among HIV-infected MSM; 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 (MSM, HIV-infected persons, others 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 neurological 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 [CDC])
  • 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. Sara Oliver at (404) 639-1204 or yxo4@cdc.gov.

Case definition for an ocular syphilis case = A person with clinical symptoms or signs consistent with ocular disease (ex. uveitis, panuveitis, diminished visual acuity, blindness, optic neuropathy, interstitial keratitis, anterior uveitis, and retinal vasculitis) with syphilis of any stage

From CDC Clinical Advisory, Updated November 10

Post Date and Time Friday, November 13, 2015


Free Hepatitis C Training in Tyler

DSHS, the Hepatitis C Support Project (HCSP), and UT Health Northeast are sponsoring training on hepatitis C, covering Hepatitis C transmission, prevention, diagnostic tests, disease progression, disease management, and new treatment therapies. The training is scheduled for Friday, December 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at:

UT Health Northeast
The Hudnall Auditorium, Room D247
11937 U.S. Hwy 271
Tyler, Texas 75708-3154

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 November 25. To register, visit the training registration website.

To learn more or if you have trouble registering, please e-mail Larry Cuellar, Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator or call him at (512) 533-3124.

Post Date and Time Friday, November 13, 2015


DSHS Seeks Comment on Proposed Revisions to Payor of Last Resort Policy

Proposed revisions to the DSHS HIV/STD policy "DSHS Funds as Payment of Last Resort" (Policy 590.001) have been posted on the DSHS website for review. 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 forward your comments via email to Juanita Salinas by 5:00 p.m. CT December 9.

Post Date and Time Monday, November 9, 2015


Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) Training of Facilitators

An Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) Training of Facilitators has been scheduled for February 3-4, 2016 in San Antonio. 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 and to apply to attend this training, visit the Effective Interventions website.

Post Date and Time Monday, November 9, 2015


Texas HIV Medication Program Medication Advisory Committee Meeting November 20

The next Texas HIV Medication Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Friday, November 20 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at:

Austin State Hospital (map)
Building 626 - West Auditorium, Building 582 (campus map PDF : 552 kb)
4110 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78751

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Agenda

 

I. Call to Order – Philip Keiser, M.D.
II. Approval of previous meeting minutes (July 17, 2015) – Philip Keiser, M.D. and Committee
III. Update on the Division for Disease Control and Prevention Services – Janna Zumbrun/Imelda Garcia
IV. Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) Budget Update – DSHS Staff
V. AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)/State Pharmacy Assistance Program (SPAP) update reports – DSHS Staff
VI. Discussion of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) in those with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) – Shelley Lucas
VII. Discussion of Daraprim (Turing)
VIII. Discussion of THMP and Part B Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) determination process – Rachel Sanor
IX. Discussion of THMP third-party health insurance verification – Rachel Sanor
X. Discussion of KPMG Audit Recommendations – Rachel Sanor
XI. Schedule next meeting – Philip Keiser, M.D.
XII. Public comments – Philip Keiser, M.D.
XIII. Adjourn – Philip Keiser, M.D.
Agenda

Post Date and Time Tuesday, November 3, 2015


DSHS Revises Health Insurance Assistance Policy

DSHS recently revised DSHS HIV/STD Policy 260.002 Health Insurance Assistance. The program incorporated public comments into the newly revised policy. The newly revised policy and public comments with DSHS responses can be viewed on the program website.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Free Hepatitis C Training in Houston

DSHS, the City of Houston Health and Human Services, the Hepatitis C Support Project (HCSP) and CHI St. Luke’s Liver Outreach are offering training on hepatitis C, which will cover HCV transmission/prevention, diagnostic tests, disease progression/management and new treatment therapies. The training is scheduled for Thursday, December 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at:

West End Multiservice Center
170 Heights Boulevard
Houston, Texas

The training will provided at no cost, however, registration is limited. Please register early as registration openings will fill up quickly. The deadline to register is November 25. Visit the training registration website to register. To learn more or if you have questions, e-mail Larry Cuellar, Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator or call him at (512) 533-3124.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Medication Advisory Committee Meeting Date Changed to November 20

The next Texas HIV Medication Program Medication Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Friday, November 20 (the originally announced date was November 13). Further details and agenda will be sent out as the day approaches.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, October 27, 2015


New Video Titles Available from the DSHS Audiovisual Library

The DSHS Audiovisual Library has added many new programs in DVD, Audio CD and online/on demand formats available for free loan to any Texas resident. Examples of available videos are "Current Issues in Tuberculosis: The American Epidemic" a 17-minute program that explains the causes of tuberculosis and the difference between tuberculosis infection and tuberculosis disease and "Resident Care: Protecting Privacy and Confidentiality" a 25-minute program that will help caregivers understand what privacy and confidentiality mean and why both are so important.

To view online titles, register on the DSHS AV Library website. You may also contact the library by e-mail at avlibrary@dshs.state.tx.us or by phone at (512) 776-7260 or toll free 1-800-963-7111 ext. 7260. For a complete listing of new materials, visit the DSHS AV Library website.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, October 27, 2015


National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System Report on People Who Inject Drugs in Dallas

The National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System (NHBS) is an ongoing effort to collect cross-sectional data among populations at high risk for acquiring HIV. DSHS recently released a report focusing on activities from the third data collection cycle among people in the Dallas area who inject drugs within the past 12 months.

Learn more and read the report. (PDF : 751 kb)

Post Date and Time Friday, October 23, 2015


Next Medication Advisory Committee Meeting Set

The next Texas HIV Medication Program Medication Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Friday, November 13 starting at noon. Further details and agenda will be sent out as the day approaches.

Post Date and Time Thursday, October 15, 2015


Personalized Cognitive Counseling Training of Counselors

A Personalized Cognitive Counseling (PCC) Training of Counselors has been scheduled for November 9-10 in San Antonio. PCC is an individual-level, single session counseling intervention designed to reduce unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) among 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 minute intervention conducted as a component of Counseling, Testing, and Referral Service (CTRS) for MSM who meet the screening criteria.

To learn more and to register for this training, visit the Effective Interventions website. Registration closes on October 22.

Post Date and Time Thursday, October 15, 2015


Conference: The Human Side of HIV

The AIDS Foundation Houston 2015 Education Conference: "The Human Side of HIV" will be held November 6-7 at 401 Branard Street Houston. This conference will consist of 20-minute paper presentations organized into panels, followed by break-out workshop sessions that will address issues highlighted in papers. The conference will address three major themes:

  • HIV and the Arts & Humanities
  • Women and HIV
  • The Church and HIV

Registration is $100 before October 30 or $125 at the door. Limited scholarships are available. To register, visit the conference website.

Email conference@afhouston.org or call 713-623-6796 ext 261 to learn more.

Post Date and Time Thursday, October 15, 2015


Request for Applications for Community-Based Models of HIV Care

Janssen Therapeutics has announced two Requests for Applications (RFAs) in support of community-based models of care in HIV:

  1. Improving Linkage to Care and Retention among Young MSM of Color Living with HIV
  2. Improving Linkage to Care and Retention among Transgender Women and Gender Nonconforming People Living with HIV

Only 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations are eligible to receive charitable contributions through these RFAs. The submission deadline is October 31.

NOTE: Organizations may only submit one application in total and may not apply simultaneously to both RFAs.

For questions related to this specific RFA, please send an email to JT-RFGA@its.jnj.com and reference “Young MSM of Color RFA or Transgender RFA” in the subject line.

Post Date and Time Thursday, October 15, 2015


National Latino AIDS Awareness Day in Texas - 2015

The following is a list of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day events taking place around Texas. The HIV/STD Program wishes to thank all of the organizations that sent event information to the Insider. Please note that this list 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.

Sponsored by the Latino Commission on AIDS, NLAAD is designed to develop awareness, promote prevention and build leadership around HIV/AIDS issues in Latino communities nationwide. You can find out more about NLAAD-related activities at www.nlaad.org.

 

AMARILLO

The Amarillo Department of Public Health, HIV Prevention Program will sponsor a Community AIDS Walk in Recognition of National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Saturday, October 10 from noon to 3:00 p.m. at El Alamo Park at SE 16th and Roberts in Amarillo. This walk is being held to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in the Hispanic community. Individuals will be given an opportunity to get tested for HIV. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Floyd Anthony, HIV Prevention Program Manager at 806-378-6331.

 

ARLINGTON

Tarrant County Public Health – Adult Health Services and AIDS Outreach Center are partnering with Health Education Learning Project (HELP), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF FW), MHMR Tarrant and North Texas Area Community Health Center, Inc. and private healthcare organizations to observe National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Tarrant County Public Health Center at Randol Mill, 536 West Randol Mill Road in Arlington. Services provided will address STD/HIV, chronic illnesses, nutrition, mental health, dental, specialty housing, blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and many more. The event will also feature music, prizes, face painting, games and more. Contact Rhonda Rockwell at 817-321-4857, Wanda Floyd-Strothers at 817-321-4866, or Michelle Bearfield at 817-335-1994 to learn more.

 

AUSTIN

The City of Austin Health and Human Services HIV Prevention Program will offer free confidential and anonymous counseling and testing for HIV and STDs for those who are not experiencing symptoms at the mobile unit on October 15. Information regarding safer sex practices, HIV 101, and STD 101 will also be available. To learn more, contact Mario Solares.

 

BEAUMONT

First Response Urgent Care, Baptist Hospital, Walgreens, and South Side Pharmacy will offer HIV testing, Hepatitis C testing and other health care screening tests at First Response Urgent Care in Port Arthur from noon to 7:00 p.m. on October 15. Testing is confidential, and those who are HIV and Hepatitis C positive will be linked to medical care regardless of their ability to pay for services. Contact Cordella Lyon to learn more.

 

CORPUS CHRISTI

Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation will team up with local Latino car clubs City Lights and Sychotik to celebrate National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on October 15 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 5633 South Staples Street, in Corpus Christi. CBWF will be offering Free HIV Testing, Free food, Music, and will have some prizes to give away. To learn more, contact Alison Johnson at 361-814-2001.

 

EL PASO

City of El Paso Department of Public Health will host its 5th Annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Event on Tuesday, October 13 from 8:30 to 5:30 at 333 North Oregon Street in El Paso. The event will offer workshops and presentations that are relevant to the health equity along the border. Register on the event website. To learn more, contact Irene Ovalle.

 

HOUSTON

AAMA is partnering with Change Happens, Montrose Center, and Planned Parenthood to offer HIV education and testing to AAMA’s day and evening ESL/GED students from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on October 15 at 6001 Gulf Freeway in Houston. A small information sharing fair will be held between the classes in the Cris Garza Multi-Purpose Education Center to complement the day’s effort. To learn more, e-mail Adriana DiBello or call her at 713-926-9491.

 

Post Date and Time Friday, October 9, 2015


DSHS Seeks Comment on Two New STD Program Policies

Two new STD Program policies, “Certification of TIPP Programs/Providers as Eligible for the 340B Drug Pricing Program” (Policy 420.001) and "Provider Selection Criteria and Requirements for the Texas Infertility Prevention Project” (Policy 420.002) have been posted on the DSHS website for review. 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 forward your comments via email to Mary Cullinane by 5:00 p.m. CT October 23.

Post Date and Time Thursday, October 8, 2015


DSHS Updates HIV Incidence Estimate Through 2013

Estimated HIV Incidence in TexasDSHS recently released updated estimates of HIV incidence in Texas. HIV incidence is the estimated total number of new (total number of diagnosed and undiagnosed) HIV infections in a given period. DSHS estimates that 5,300 people were newly infected with HIV in Texas in 2013, the latest year estimates are available. While the estimated number of new HIV infections has risen since 2007, the growing Texas population has kept the rate of infection relatively level.

To learn more about estimated Texas HIV incidence, read the DSHS fact sheet Estimated HIV Incidence in Texas (PDF : 96 kb).

Post Date and Time Thursday, October 8, 2015


Reminder: Tell Us What Your Agency is Doing for National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

NLAAD 2015The DSHS HIV/STD Program is compiling a list of NLAAD-related activities 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 email a brief description of your NLAAD plans to Dan Warr by 5:00 p.m. CT Thursday, October 8.

October 15 marks the annual observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). The NLAAD campaign works to build capacity for non-profit organizations and local health departments in order to reach Latino/Hispanic communities, promote HIV testing, and provide HIV prevention information and access to care.

Post Date and Time Thursday, October 8, 2015


DSHS Seeks Comments on Proposed HIV Care Standards

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 at least 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 Final Standards and Monitoring Tools have been written for the following service categories:

  1. Child Care
  2. Housing Services
  3. Rehabilitation Services
  4. Respite Care
  5. Treatment Adherence Counseling

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 forward your comments via email to teena.edwards@dshs.state.tx.us. Public comment will be accepted until November 3, 2015.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, October 6, 2015


ICD-10 Training in Austin

The Texas Sustainability and Capacity Building Network is sponsoring an ICD-10 training on October 21 in Austin. In addition to a 4-hour morning session, you also have the opportunity to schedule a 30 minute one-on-one technical assistance appointment with the expert trainer.

The morning session will cover:

  • Overview of highlights from the July training session
  • Discuss specific examples
  • Discuss and troubleshoot any ICD-10 questions/issues that have come up since the October 1st implementation
  • Live coding and hands-on instruction for samples submitted by participants

To learn more and to register for this free training, visit the training website.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, October 6, 2015


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Texas HIV/STD Job Postings

February 8, 2016

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin Jack Sansing Dental Clinic seeks:

  • Lead Dentist
  • Dental Hygienist

Learn more [ASA]

 

February 5, 2016

Austin - CommUnityCare David Powell Clinic seeks Administrative Supervisor. Learn more [CommUnityCare]

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks Therapeutic Care Coordinator: Homeless and Co-occurring HIV/AIDS, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Population. Learn more [AIDS Arms]

 

February 4, 2016

Austin - DSHS Tuberculosis and Refugee Health Services Branch seeks Nurse Case Manager Consultant. Learn more

Austin - DSHS Tuberculosis and Hansen's Disease Group seeks TB Contact Investigation and Genotyping Coordinator. Learn more

Austin - CommUnityCare David Powell Clinic seeks Data Entry Specialist. Learn more [CommUnityCare]

 

February 2, 2016

Arlington - DSHS Public Health Region 2/3 seeks HIV/STD Team Lead (Public Health and Prevention Specialist IV). Learn more

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks Human Resources Manager. Learn more [ASA]

Tyler - DSHS Public Health Region 2/3 seeks Disease Intervention Team Lead (Program Specialist III). Learn more

 

January 26, 2016

Fort Worth - AIDS Outreach Center seeks Director of Prevention Services. Learn more [AOC]

Fort Worth - Health Education Learning Project seeks HIV Testing/Prevention Specialist. Learn more [HELP]

Houston - AAMA seeks:

  • LCDC (part time)
  • Youth Workers
  • Lead HIV Outreach Specialist

Learn more [AAMA]

San Antonio - AAMA seeks Substance Abuse Program Manager. Learn more [AAMA]

 

January 22, 2016

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Director of Prevention Programs
  • Prevention Testing Specialist
  • HRP Peer Facilitator
  • Non-Medical Case Manager

Learn more [ASA]

 

January 20, 2016

Austin - Cardea is seeking a Vice President. Learn more [Cardea]

 

January 14, 2016

Austin - Workers Assistance Program seeks HIV Connection Manager. Learn more [WAP]

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks:

  • Development Associate
  • Empowerment Coordinator

Learn more [AIDS Arms]

Dallas - Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse seeks full-time Risk Reduction Specialist. To learn more or to submit your resume, e-mail the Dallas Council

 

December 30, 2015

Houston - AAMA seeks:

  • LCDC (part time)
  • Youth Workers
  • Lead HIV Outreach Specialist

Learn more [AAMA]

San Antonio - AAMA seeks Substance Abuse Program Manager. Learn more [AAMA]

 

December 17, 2015

Austin - DSHS HIV Care Services Group seeks ARIES Trainer. Learn more

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks:

  • Bilingual Case Manager
  • Case Manager
  • Program Director, Homeless Program

Learn more [AIDS Arms]

San Antonio - San Antonio AIDS Foundation seeks Senior Programmatic Officer. Learn more [SAAF]

San Antonio - San Antonio Metropolitan Health District seeks Management Analyst (Date to Care Specialist). Learn more [SAMHD]

 

December 1, 2015

Lubbock - HIV Services Administrative Agency seeks HIV/AA Planning Coordinator – Network Management. position filled

San Antonio - San Antonio Metro Health District seeks Community Services Supervisor (Front Line Supervisor). Learn more [SAMHD]

 

November 17, 2015

Austin - DSHS HIV/STD Program Evaluation Group seeks Epidemiologist III. Learn more

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks Development Associate. Learn more [ASA]

 

November 9, 2015

Houston - Houston Area Community Services (HACS) seeks:

  • Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner
  • Internal, Infectious or Family Medicine Physician
  • Ryan White Medical Case Manager

Learn more [HACS]

 

November 3, 2015

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Director of Access Services
  • Medical Case Manager
  • HRP Peer Facilitator
  • Non-Medical Case Manager
  • Associate Director of Dental Services
  • Patient Navigator (Prevention)
  • Housing Case Manager

Learn more [ASA]

Fort Worth - Health Education Learning Project seeks Social Media Coordinator. Learn more [HELP]

 

October 23, 2015

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Patient Navigator
  • Prevention Testing Specialist

Learn more [ASA]

Austin - Worker's Assistance Program/HIV Connection seeks HIV Trainer. Learn more [WAP]

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks Protocol Based Counseling, Risk Reduction Specialist (PBC, RRS). Learn more [AIDS Arms]

Dallas - The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse seeks:

  • HIV Early Intervention Case Manager
  • Risk Reduction Specialist

To learn more or submit your resume, e-mail The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Dallas - Parkland Health & Hospital System HIV Department seeks Case Manager-HIV (two positions). Learn more [Parkland]

 

October 15, 2015

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks Case Manager. Learn more [AIDS Arms]

 

October 6, 2015

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin Jack Sansing Dental Clinic seeks Associate Director of Dental Services. Learn more [ASA]

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks Program Director for the Homeless Program. Learn more [AIDS Arms]

San Antonio - San Antonio Metro Health District seeks:

  • Community Services Supervisor - Learn more [San Antonio Metro]
  • Community Services Supervisor - Learn more [San Antonio Metro]
  • Public Health Nurse - To learn more or submit your resume, contact Gisel Prado

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