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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

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Social Network Strategy for Counseling, Testing, and Referral Training

A Social Network Strategy (SNS) for Counseling, Testing, and Referral (CTR) is scheduled for October 21-22 in San Antonio. SNS for CTR is an evidence supported approach to recruiting high-risk people into HIV testing services. SNS is based on the underlying principles that people in the same social network share the same risks and risk behaviors for HIV. In addition, people in the same social network know and trust each other and can exert influence on each other.

To register to attend the SNS for CTR training, visit the Effective Interventions website. Registration closes on September 19.

To learn more about SNS for CTR, visit the Effective Interventions website.

Post Date and Time Friday, August 29, 2014


Call for Center of Excellence for Transgender Health National Advisory Board Member Applicants

The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (CoE) combines the unique strengths and resources of a nationally renowned training and capacity-building institution, the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC), and an internationally recognized leader in HIV prevention research, the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), both of which are housed at the University of California San Francisco.

The ultimate CoE goal is to improve the overall health and well-being of transgender individuals by developing and implementing programs in response to community-identified needs. An essential part of the CoE's success is continued programmatic guidance from people with expertise in transgender health and or HIV. This guidance takes shape through a National Advisory Board (NAB), which provides input throughout the program development process and shares in decision-making, prioritizing prevention needs, reviewing materials, and disseminating information about the CoE to their own local communities.

The CoE is seeking six highly qualified and diverse pool of candidates for a two year NAB service term.

Ideal NAB Candidates:

  • Must have a good understanding of and a commitment to the mission, goals and objectives of the CoE.
  • Assist in fundraising efforts, based on one's individual financial capacity and one's network of community resources.
  • Has professional and/or personal skills and expertise that are considered an asset to the NAB.
  • Is willing to represent the CoE in the broader community and to speak in support of the mission of the CoE.
  • Can sustain and demonstrate commitment to the CoE on a regular basis.
  • Will contribute in a positive way with enthusiasm and excitement about the CoE.
  • Is willing to attend trainings and meetings and, in general, commit to being part of this evolving agency.
  • Has the ability to monitor and to analyze public policy developments and participate in advocacy efforts when necessary.
  • Understands the cultural, social, and policy trends impacting trans people.
  • Be available to initiate, lead and participate in NAB initiatives and committee work.
  • Be reasonably accessible by phone or in person to CoE NAB and center leadership.
  • Must possess relationship management skills and a natural affinity for collaborative works and demonstrated ability for engaging, persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals.

As an estimate, active NAB participation requires a commitment of not more than four hours monthly for NAB meetings, committee meetings, conferences, and telephone calls. NAB leadership, which includes a NAB Chair, Vice-Chair and Committee Chairs, will have additional responsibilities that will require up to an additional four hours monthly.

The CoE invites those interested in becoming a NAB member to submit a current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, cover letter stating interest and specific skills contribution as a potential advisory member. All NAB applicants will be reviewed by an internal review committee. Selected final candidates will be contacted individually for an interview by CoE staff and/or the internal review committee.

All applications must be submitted via email to Angel Ventura at angel.ventura@ucsf.edu no later than October 1, 2014. Feel free to contact Angel with any questions related to the application process.

Post Date and Time Friday, August 29, 2014


National HIV Workforce Survey Deadline Extended to September 2

The most powerful assets in the fight against HIV in Texas are the dedicated workers and volunteers that provide HIV prevention, care, and treatment. With so many new developments in research, prevention and treatment, it's crucial for HIV professionals and volunteers to have a solid understanding of the science of HIV. We need a better understanding of what the members of the HIV workforce know and don't know about the science of HIV so that appropriate training can be offered to these front line workers.

You can participate in an online survey to assess the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of people working or volunteering in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in Texas. The survey takes only 10-15 minutes to complete. Go to www.aidssurvey.com by September 2 to take the survey online.

Once the survey is completed, DSHS will produce a report on the responses for Texas, and the results will be used to shape training offerings.

The survey is sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services, in partnership with the Black AIDS Institute, the National Alliance for State and Territorial AIDS Directors, John Hopkins University, the Latino Commission on AIDS, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Post Date and Time Friday, August 29, 2014


2014 Texas HIV/STD Conference Guidebook App is Live!

2014 Texas HIV/STD ConferenceAvoid the Rush! Download the Conference Guidebook App Today.

If you plan to attend next week’s Texas HIV/STD Conference, be sure to download our newly launched Guidebook event app on your mobile device.

Guidebook is your paperless mobile source for all things related to the conference, including last-minute updates, detailed session descriptions, speaker and exhibitor information, local restaurant recommendations and much more. You can also use Guidebook to create your own conference schedule and connect to social media.

Because heavy public wi-fi traffic may make downloading difficult on the opening day of the conference, we strongly recommend that all participants download Guidebook prior to arrival.

You may download Guidebook for free at our landing page by scanning a QR code with your mobile device or entering your phone number to have a download link texted to you. Internet access is required to download the Guidebook on your device. Once downloaded, conference information will be automatically updated every time you open Guidebook.

You may also access the conference Guidebook page on the web.

Post Date and Time Thursday, August 14, 2014


THMP Medication Advisory Committee Meeting

The next THMP Medication Advisory Committee meeting has been scheduled for Friday, October 17 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. It will be held in the Nifty-Fifty Conference room, building 626 on the Austin State Hospital Campus, 4110 Guadalupe St, Austin, Texas 78751. The agenda will be posted when available.

Post Date and Time Thursday, August 14, 2014


2014 Texas HIV/STD Conference Overflow Hotel

2014 Texas HIV/STD ConferenceThe 2014 Texas HIV/STD Conference will be on August 19-21, 2014 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel at 9721 Arboretum Boulevard in Austin. The Renaissance Austin Hotel has sold out the conference room block. Those needing hotel reservations can contact the conference overflow hotel:

Holiday Inn NW Arboretum
8901 Business Park Drive
Austin, TX 78759
Call 800-465-4329 to make a reservation.
Group code: THS
Cutoff: August 8, 2014
Group Rate: $85 per night plus tax

Post Date and Time Tuesday, July 22, 2014


World Hepatitis Day Educational Event

World Hepatitis DayJoin DSHS in acknowledging World Hepatitis Day (July 28, 2014) by attending a presentation on the latest information regarding viral hepatitis. The presentation will be held:

Monday, July 28, 2014
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
West Auditorium
Building 582 (campus map)
Austin State Hospital (map)
4110 Guadalupe Street
Austin

World Hepatitis Day was launched by the World Hepatitis Alliance in 2008 in response to the concern that chronic viral hepatitis did not have the level of awareness, nor the political priority, seen with other communicable diseases. The training will cover:

  • Updated National Action Plan to Address Viral Hepatitis
  • New USPSTF Testing Recommendations for HBV and HCV testing
  • New FDA Approved HCV Combination Therapies

Refreshments and training materials will be provided!

To register to attend this event, e-mail hepatitis@dshs.state.tx.us. To learn more about World Hepatitis Day, visit the World Hepatitis Alliance website.

Post Date and Time Friday, July 18, 2014


HIV and Hepatitis C Virus Infection in the United States: Whom and How to Test

In the United States, of the 1.1 million persons infected with HIV and the 2.7 million infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), approximately 16% and 50%, respectively, are unaware of their infection. Highly effective treatments have turned both diseases into manageable conditions, and in the case of hepatitis C, a disease that can be cured. Early diagnosis is imperative so that infected persons can take measures to stay healthy, get into care, benefit from therapy, and reduce the risk of transmission.

A new report reviews CDC and the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendations on whom to screen for HIV and HCV infections, and recommendations from the CDC, the Association of Public Health Laboratories, and the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute on how to test for these infections.

Learn more [Oxford Journals]

Post Date and Time Friday, July 18, 2014


Healthy Relationships Training in San Antonio

A Healthy Relationships Training of Facilitators is scheduled for October 7-10 in San Antonio. This four-day course provides facilitators with the knowledge, skills, and practice to successfully implement Healthy Relationships in their community. Trainees will learn the science behind Healthy Relationships, including the core elements and behavioral theories, as well as the steps to implementation. Through practice assignments and observations, trainees will have the opportunity to view and practice facilitating most of the intervention, including facilitating discussions around sample movie clips that can be used in their implementation of Healthy Relationships.

This course does not teach group facilitation skills. Trainees will need to be skilled in small group facilitation prior to attending Healthy Relationships.

To learn more and to register, visit the Effective Interventions website.

Post Date and Time Friday, July 18, 2014


NEDSS Base System STD Module Webinar

A webinar demonstration of the new STD Module of the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System Base System (NBS) can be viewed on July 24 starting at 1:00 p.m. CT. NBS provides reporting jurisdictions with a NEDSS-compatible information system to facilitate transferring health, laboratory, and clinical data efficiently and securely over the Internet. The demo will focus on case management and other STD-specific features of the NBS. Staff from CDC’s Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance will be available to answer questions about the NBS STD Module development and implementation.

Registration is required for the ‘Demonstration of the NEDSS Base System STD Module’ Webinar.

The webinar will be recorded and archived on CDC Division of STD Prevention's Webinars Page by August 7.

Post Date and Time Friday, July 18, 2014


U.S. HIV Workforce Survey Responses Needed by July 16

The most powerful assets in the fight against HIV in Texas are the dedicated workers and volunteers that provide HIV prevention, care, and treatment. With so many new developments in research, prevention and treatment, it's crucial for HIV professionals and volunteers to have a solid understanding of the science of HIV. We need a better understanding of what the members of the HIV workforce know and don't know about the science of HIV so that appropriate training can be offered to these front line workers.

You can participate in an online survey to assess the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of people working or volunteering in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in Texas. The survey takes only 10-15 minutes to complete, and is divided into three parts: Part 1 includes demographic and screening questions; Part 2 includes knowledge questions; and Part 3 includes questions about biomedical interventions. Survey participants will have 60 seconds to answer each knowledge question, but there is no time limit for all other questions. Go to www.aidssurvey.com by July 16 to take the survey online.

Once the survey is completed, DSHS will produce a report on the responses for Texas, and the results will be used to shape training offerings.

The survey is sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services, in partnership with the Black AIDS Institute, the National Alliance for State and Territorial AIDS Directors, John Hopkins University, the Latino Commission on AIDS, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Post Date and Time Friday, July 11, 2014


Implementing Fourth Generation HIV Tests Webinar July 15

The webinar, "Implementing Fourth Generation HIV Tests" will be held on July 15 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. CT. This one hour webinar will focus on the technology and implications of new fourth generation HIV tests as well as practical considerations for initiating their use in clinical and non-clinical (outreach) settings. The webinar will feature:

  • Bernie Branson, M.D., Associate Director for Laboratory Diagnostics, CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
  • Jason Haukoos, M.D., Director of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, Denver Health Medical Center
  • Mark Thrun, M.D., Principal Investigator, Denver Prevention Training Center

To learn more and to register, visit the Denver STD/HIV Prevention Training Center website.

Post Date and Time Friday, July 11, 2014


Cultural Competency Symposium July 30 in Arlington

A cultural competency symposium, "Educating the Next CLAS: Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Today’s Healthcare Environment" will be held on July 30 at the University of Texas - Arlington. Studies show that minority Americans experience poorer than average outcomes from cradle to the grave. More than 30% of direct medical costs faced by African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans are due to health inequities—almost 60 billion each year. Research has shown that cultural competency can improve care for ethnic groups and reduce costs over the life of a patient.

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health released its enhanced standards for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) in an effort to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by establishing a blueprint for health and health care organizations.

The purpose of this activity is to educate and build on local capacity to provide effective, equitable, understandable, and respectful quality healthcare that is responsive to the diverse needs of the community.

Continuing education is available.

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

Post Date and Time Friday, July 11, 2014


Gender and Sexual Diversity Training in Austin

There will be a two-day Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) training in Austin July 31 - August 1. GSD is a day-long cultural competency seminar on serving members of the gender and sexually diverse community. Participants will learn how to: identify differences between sexual orientation and gender identity, share info among providers on trends observed in GSD populations, practice counseling skills and culturally competent care, and examine impact of stigma on health of GSD populations.

To learn more and to register, visit the TRAIN Texas website.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior Course in Dallas

The course "Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: A Sexual Health Approach for HIV Prevention and Treatment" is scheduled for August 22 in Dallas. This course is a day long training on sexual health approaches to proactively address the link between out of control sexual behavior, condomless sex and substance abuse treatment outcomes. The trainer for this course is Douglas Braun-Harvey M.A., MFT, CGP, CST, of Sexual Health Author, Trainer and Psychotherapist from the Harvey Institute. Participants will be able to:

  • Identify three distinct theories and conceptualizations for men and women with problems regulating their sexual behavior.
  • Discuss and practice five professional sexual health conversation skills that suspend counselor and client negative judgments about sex to allow for a more balanced contemplation of sexual behavior patterns.
  • List four essential counseling skills for pre-contemplative and contemplative clients with patterns of out of control sexual behavior.
  • Discuss common sex/drug-linked patterns of behavior such as crystal meth-amphetamine; social media sex sites and viewing sexual imagery.
  • Explore ways to improve confidence and ability to initiate sexual health conversations between colleagues as well as with clients.

Social Work continuing education hours are available for this training.

To learn more and to register, visit the TRAIN Texas website.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Open Period for Comments on IOM Research Plan for Syphilis Screening in Non-Pregnant Persons

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) will be revisiting its grade for screening for syphilis in non-pregnant adults and adolescents. It is now taking comments on its research plan.

Links to the page explaining the process and to the research plan for syphilis screening may be found on the U.S. Preventative Task Force website.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Registration is Now Open for the 2014 CMS Health Insurance Marketplace Workshops

The Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period for 2015 begins November 15, 2014. This one-day event is intended for CMS partners and stakeholders who help consumers through the Marketplace process and provide basic awareness and education about the Marketplace. Two events will be held in Dallas on August 27 and 28.

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

Post Date and Time Wednesday, July 2, 2014


National HIV Testing Day 2014: HIV in Texas

National HIV Testing Day 2014National HIV Testing Day is June 27. To reinforce the importance of HIV testing, DSHS today has released a fact sheet on the state of HIV infection in Texas. This fact sheet provides the most current figures for those infected with HIV including:

  • numbers of people diagnosed and estimated to be infected
  • modes of exposure
  • racial makeup
  • geographic locations
  • age of infection

To learn more, see the National HIV Testing Day 2014 fact sheet (PDF : 163).

Post Date and Time Friday, June 27, 2014


CBO Network Sustainability and Capacity Building Meeting – Scanning the New Health Care Environment for Opportunities

2014 Texas HIV/STD ConferenceAs part of the 2014 Texas HIV/STD Conference, DSHS will host the pre-conference meeting "CBO Network Sustainability and Capacity Building Meeting – Scanning the New Health Care Environment for Opportunities" from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. This meeting will provide leaders of organizations providing HIV services and key decision makers with an opportunity to reflect on how their organizations are preparing for the changing health care environment, gain information on the latest rules, policies, and guidance available from both the state and federal funders, and prepare for ongoing environmental changes that will continue to shape how HIV prevention and care are delivered. The meeting is for leaders of organizations that provide HIV services in Texas. Register for the CBO Network Sustainability and Capacity Building Meeting. The registration deadline is July 31, 2014.

Post Date and Time Friday, June 27, 2014


Updated Recommendations for Laboratory Testing for the Diagnosis of HIV Infection

The CDC has released updated recommendations for Laboratory Testing for the Diagnosis of HIV Infection. The recommendations are for HIV testing by laboratories in the United States and offers approaches for reporting test results to persons ordering HIV tests and to public health authorities.

The recommended algorithm is a sequence of tests used in combination to improve the accuracy of the laboratory diagnosis of HIV based on testing of serum or plasma specimens. In brief, testing begins with a combination immunoassay that detects HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies and HIV-1 p24 antigen. All specimens reactive on this initial assay undergo supplemental testing with an immunoassay that differentiates HIV-1 from HIV-2 antibodies. Specimens that are reactive on the initial immunoassay and nonreactive or indeterminate on the antibody differentiation assay proceed to HIV-1 nucleic acid testing for resolution.

To learn more, visit the CDC website.

Post Date and Time Friday, June 27, 2014


Free Texas Mpowerment Summit at the 2014 Texas HIV/STD Conference

2014 Texas HIV/STD ConferenceAs part of the 2014 Texas HIV/STD Conference, Resource Center Dallas will host the following free lunchtime session from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Texas Mpowerment Summit
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

The Texas Mpowerment Summit is a gathering of the Mpowerment Interventions across Texas. Mpowerment projects focus on community mobilization, education and social networking targeted for Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM). The Mpowerment Summit will focus on strengthening communication and brainstorming new initiatives to better target high-risk MSM to reduce the rate of HIV/STD infection. Attendees should plan to bring a lunch to this session. Register for Texas Mpowerment Summit. The registration deadline is July 31, 2014.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Two Upcoming HIV Training Opportunities

A Personalized Cognitive Counseling (PCC) Training of Counselors is scheduled for July 29-30 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 or learn more, visit the Effective Interventions website.

A Foundations of Counseling and Testing (FCT) training is scheduled for August 27-29 in Austin. The goal of FCT is to improve the ability of HIV prevention staff to provide HIV testing, counseling, and linkage to care. All new testing staff is required to complete FCT including the pre-requisite course titled Foundations Pre-course.

To register or learn more, visit TRAIN Texas.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, June 25, 2014


National HIV Testing Day in Texas - 2014

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

Now in its 20th year, NHTD is observed annually on June 27. The event encourages persons at risk for HIV infection to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing. NHTD-related “Greater Than AIDS” campaign materials are available through the Greater Than AIDS website. Additional information about NHTD events in Texas can be found on the CDC NHTD site.

ARLINGTON

Tarrant County Public Health – Adult Health Services and several collaborating partners will offer free HIV testing at the "Know Your Health" Fair on Friday, June 27 from 1-4pm at The University of Texas Arlington, 500 W. Nedderman Dr., Arlington, TX 76019. The health fair will feature entertainment by House of Mulan, Gentsounds and i93 FM morning host Mike Kannon. There will also be a variety of testing and services for nutrition, WIC, STDs/HIV, diabetes, cholesterol, immunizations, obesity, high blood pressure and more. The "Know Your Health" Fair was made possible by a collaboration of many agencies: Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) Adult Health Services, TCPH Preventative Medicine Clinic, TCPH Community Health Promotion (CHP), TCPH Chronic Disease Prevention (CDP), TCPH WIC, AIDS Outreach Center, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Health Education Learning Project, MHMR of Tarrant County, Samaritan House, John Peter Smith-Healing Wings and House of Mulan. For more information, call/email Rhonda Rockwell at 817-321-4857, rmhubbardrockwell@tarrantcounty.com, or Elaine Allen at 817-321-4862, ehallen@tarrantcounty.com.

CORPUS CHRISTI

Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation will partner with Walgreens and the “Greater Than AIDS” campaign in observance of National HIV Testing Day by offering free HIV testing at two Corpus Christi Walgreen's locations, 2101 Morgan Ave. and 4501 Ayers. Testing will be provided Thursday, June 26 from 3p-7p, Friday, June 27th from 3p-7p, and Saturday, June 28th from 10a-2p. For more information, chat live with staff on the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation website or contact Alison Johnson at 361-814-2001.

DALLAS

AIDS Interfaith Network, in collaboration with Dallas County Health and Human Services, will offer free testing for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea at the General Mexican Consulate on Friday June 27 from 8am to 1pm. The consulate is located at 1210 River Bend Dr. For more information, call Edgar Carmona at 214-943-4444.

As part of the partnership between Walgreens and the “Greater than AIDS” campaign, the Urban League of Greater Dallas will conduct free HIV testing for NHTD at the Walgreens located at 3211 S. Lancaster Rd. on June 26 and 27 from 3-7pm and on June 28 from 10am-2pm. Contact Felicia Flye-Lewis at fflye@ulgdnctx.com or 214-915-4611 for more information.

The UT Southwestern Community Prevention and Intervention Unit (CPIU) will provide HIV testing on Saturday, June 21 from 10am to 3pm at Danieldale Park, 300 W. Wheatland Rd. The CPIU will be grilling hot dogs as an incentive to test. The unit is continuing community assessment in this area and providing flyers promoting the event as part of NHTD. County-level data indicates this area has a high incidence of HIV infection.

The CPIU is also collaborating with other testing agencies in the Dallas testing task force to provide HIV testing in the parking lot of the Albertson’s located at 4625 Frankford Rd. in North Dallas on Friday, June 27 from noon until 8pm. This site has been assessed as a gathering spot for MSM on Friday afternoons and evenings.

For more information about these events, contact Anne Delaney at 214-645-7318 or Curtis Jackson at 214-645-7326.

The Resource Center Nelson-Tebedo Clinic at 4012 Cedar Springs Rd. will host the following NHTD-related events.

Tues., June 24
7-9pm
HIV 101: Back to Basics
Please call Mikael Andrews at 214-540-4449 or the Resource Center front desk at 214-528-0144 to sign up.

Thurs., June 26
10am-7pm
Special Drop-in HIV/STD Testing
For more information, call the HIV Testing Hotline at 214-393-3700.

Thurs., June 26
10pm-12am
United Black Ellument Mpowerment Project’s NHTD Event
For more information, call the UBE Hotline at 214-760-9718.

Fri., June 27
10am-7pm
NHTD Special Drop-in HIV/STD Testing
Outreach by Fuse Mpowerment Project
For more information, call the HIV Testing Hotline at 214-393-3700.

Sat., June 28
9am-4pm
Drop-in HIV/STD Testing
For more information, call the HIV Testing Hotline at 214-393-3700.

The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse will conduct HIV testing on a walk-in basis on Friday, June 27 from 8am to 5pm at its offices located at 1349 Empire Central Dr., Ste. 800. The Council will also host an NHTD testing event from 2-7pm at 7460 S.W. Moreland Rd. Hot dogs, chips, sodas and other incentives will be provided to those who test. For more information, contact Sonny Blake at 214-522-8600, ext. 236 or Leon Jackson at 214-522-8600, ext. 226.

GOLDEN TRIANGLE

Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, the Texas Department of State Health Services, Project AIDS Land Manor, Port Arthur Health Department, and Triangle AIDS Network are teaming with Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS to offer free HIV testing at select Walgreens stores throughout the Golden Triangle. The testing events are taking place June 26-28 in support of National HIV Testing Day. Testing locations and times:

  • Baptist Hospital will be testing at Bridge City Walgreens on June 26 and 27 from 3pm-7pm
  • Triangle AIDS Network will be at the Silsbee Walgreens on June 26 from 3pm -7pm
  • PALM will provide testing at the Vidor Walgreens on June 26, from 3pm-7pm
  • Port Arthur Health Department will test at Groves Walgreens June 26 and 27 from 3pm-7pm and June 28 10am-2pm
  • The Texas Department of State Health Services will provide testing at the new Walgreens Pharmacy inside Baptist Hospital Beaumont, June 26 and 27 11am-3pm

HOUSTON

Fundación Latinoamericana de Acción Social (FLAS), Inc. will conduct free and confidential HIV, syphilis and hepatitis C testing on June 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star, Houston, Texas 77074. Those getting tested will be entered in a raffle to win three Lady Gaga concert tickets. For more information, contact Elia Chino at echino@flasinc.org or 713-772-2366.

PLANO

Health Services of North Texas will collaborate in an NHTD event at Collin College’s Spring Creek campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., on Friday, June 27 from 10am to 3pm. The agency will join C.U.R.E. (Community Unity Respect Education) and AIDS Arms to provide literature to students and faculty. AIDS Arms will be doing HIV testing. For more information call Dale McEowen at 972-424-1480 ext. 4014.

RICHMOND

Just A Touch of H.E.L.P., Inc. will host “#KnowYourStatus…The Importance of Testing” on Saturday, June 28 from 1-4pm at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview Dr. The event includes free HIV testing, a showcase of community resources, refreshments and door prizes. For more information, contact Sha'Terra Johnson-Fairley 832-277-4347 or jatofhelp@gmail.com.

SAN ANTONIO

In its push to provide 100 tests in 12 hours, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation will provide free rapid HIV tests along with syphilis testing at their 818 E. Grayson St. office on Friday, June 27 from 8am to 8pm. Contact Alberto Barragan at abarragan@sanantonioaids.org for more information.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS Team With Health Departments and Local AIDS Service Organizations to Offer HIV Testing

In support of National HIV Testing Day, June 27, Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, and Greater Than AIDS, a coalition of about 200 public and private sector partners united in response to the domestic AIDS epidemic, are teaming with health departments and local AIDS service organizations across the country to encourage community members to take advantage of free HIV testing.

Free HIV tests will be available June 26-28 at select Walgreens in more than 140 cities including Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Amarillo, and Beaumont. Nearly 200 state and local health departments and AIDS service organizations (ASOs) will lead testing events and will provide results on-site within minutes.

To learn more about participating locations and testing hours, visit the Greater Than AIDS website.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Showing OUR Pride: HRC and Greater Than AIDS Team to Speak Out About HIV/AIDS

HRC (Human Rights Campaign) is proud to partner with Greater Than AIDS to provide information about HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention at 18 LGBT Pride festivals across the country this summer. The partnership builds on the Greater Than AIDS Speak Out campaign, launched last year, to engage the LGBT community in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to confront the silence and stigma that too often surrounds this disease.

Leveraging its wide reach and network of volunteers, HRC will distribute more than 31,000 co-branded materials, including information guides, buttons, and other HIV-themed giveaways, developed with Greater Than AIDS, at HRC Pride booths at select Prides, including in some communities hit hardest by the epidemic, including Houston, San Antonio and Dallas.

Gay and bisexual men and transgender women remain disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, representing a majority of new infections, with rising rates among young gay and bisexual men of color. In major U.S. cities today, it is estimated that about one in five gay and bisexual men – and more than one in four Black gay and bisexual men – is HIV-positive. Too many are unaware of their status.

A new HRC/Greater Than AIDS co-branded resource provides HIV/AIDS information tailored to the community, including about PrEP – pre-exposure prophylaxis – a one pill, once-daily prescription medication to reduce risk of infection. Given the overwhelming effectiveness of PrEP, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued new clinical guidelines encouraging its use for those at significant risk for HIV.

To learn more about this partnership, visit the Greater Than AIDS website.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, June 17, 2014


AIDSVu Annual Launch Preview

AIDSVu recently announced the release of new data for 33 U.S. cities, including 11 cities new to the site this year. In advance of the launch, AIDSVu will preview the new content in a web presentation on June 24 at 2:00 p.m. CT. During the webinar, Emory will be walking through the site with partners and allies, and discussing ways to help share AIDSVu.org with your networks.

In addition to the new city data, census tract maps will be added for Chicago, and will be updated for Philadelphia and Washington D.C. AIDSVu will also be piloting neighborhood mapping of the community areas for Chicago and Washington, D.C.

To join the webinar on the day of the event, visit the webinar website. The call in number is (866) 809-4014 and the passcode is 2341224. Please note, the webinar site employs Webex which requires a download and may take up to 10 minutes.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, June 17, 2014


10th Annual Texas Health Literacy Conference in San Antonio

San Antonio Health Literacy InitiativeThe Health Collaborative is hosting the 10th Annual Texas Health Literacy Conference on Friday, October 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Horizon Hill Event Center at La Quinta – Medical Center, located at 4431 Horizon Hill in San Antonio. The purpose of the conference is to provide information, tools and techniques to healthcare professionals, educators, non-profit organizations and community-based organizations about health literacy awareness and increasing efficacy.

The San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative is proud to announce that this year’s Keynote Speaker is the distinguished Dean Schillinger, M.D., a key leader in the advancement of public health literacy and communication. Dr. Schillinger is a Professor of Medicine in Residence at the University Of California San Francisco and a primary care physician at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). If health literacy is a priority for you and your organization, his presentation on the 10 Attributes of a Health Literate Organization is something you will not want to miss.

Registration for the Texas Health Literacy Conference is now open. Register before September 1 to receive the early bird rate of $115. Scholarships and the opportunity to present a poster are available. To register or for more information, please visit the conference website or contact Elena Martinez at (210) 481-2573 or by email at elena.martinez@healthcollaborative.net.

Post Date and Time Thursday, June 12, 2014


Town Hall Forum with the New U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

At 9:30 a.m. CT on June 23, the Kaiser Family Foundation will host a town hall forum with Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D. the new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, to lay out her vision for the next phase of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in supporting efforts to achieve an AIDS-free generation. The session will be moderated by Jen Kates, a Foundation vice president and director of global health and HIV policy, and provide an opportunity for interactive engagement with the new Ambassador.

You may watch the webcast live starting at 9:30 a.m. CT on June 23 on the Kaiser Family Foundation website. No registration is required to view the program.

Post Date and Time Thursday, June 12, 2014


The Changing Public Health Landscape: Findings from the NACCHO 2014 Forces of Change Survey

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) recently announced the availability of the 2014 Forces of Change survey. The survey provides new findings on the forces that affect change in our nation’s local health departments, including economic forces, health reform, and health department accreditation. Many local health departments continue to experience budget cuts and job losses. Most local health departments are increasingly billing public and private third-party payers for clinical services. Some have played a role in helping community members enroll in health insurance programs. More have been formally pursing accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board.

To view the five issue briefs, please visit the NACCHO website.

Post Date and Time Thursday, June 12, 2014


Request for Letters of Interest: Coordinator of the African American Faith-Based Mental Health Education and Awareness Initiative

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health invites eligible organizations in Texas to respond to a Request for Letters of Interest [University of Texas] (PDF) for the Coordinator of the African American Faith-Based Mental Health Education and Awareness Initiative. The goal of this project is to coordinate the grantee activities, technical assistance and training of the statewide initiative developed to educate congregants about mental health, recovery and wellness.

The organization submitting the strongest proposal will receive a grant of approximately $60,000 per year for three years.

Please read the Request for Letters of Interest page carefully before submitting a letter. Any additional information about this request will be posted on the foundation's website.

Post Date and Time Thursday, June 12, 2014


2014 Texas Viral Hepatitis Summit

Registration for the 2014 Texas Viral Hepatitis Summit (Summit) is now open. This conference will take place immediately before the 2014 Texas HIV/STD Conference on the morning of Tuesday, August 19, from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (registration is from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.). There is no cost to attend the Summit; however, participants must register for the Summit, even if they are registered for the Texas HIV/STD Conference. Participation is limited to the first 125 registrants and deadline for registration is August 8. The location for the Summit will be:

Glass Oaks Ballroom
Renaissance Hotel
9721 Arboretum Boulevard
Austin, Texas

The Summit is designed to bring together community members and representatives of organizations from around the State of Texas to address viral hepatitis in our communities. Speakers will include Dr. Imtiaz Alam, who will provide hepatitis C treatment updates, Dr. John Zibbell, who will share information on preventing HCV among persons who inject drugs, and Dr. Barbara Turner and Pam Green will provide information from their respective projects to conduct routine HCV testing in the baby boomer population. Information on available HCV resources for testing and treatment and injecting drug user health will also be addressed.

Persons who have viral hepatitis, physicians, medical students, public health professionals, clinical staff and employees, and anyone with an interest or who work with individuals at risk for viral hepatitis should consider attending the Summit.

To register or to view the agenda, visit the Summit registration site or contact Larry Cuellar at (512) 533-3124 or larry.cuellar@dshs.state.tx.us.

Post Date and Time Monday, June 9, 2014


Couples HIV Testing and Counseling Training of Providers in Houston

A Couples HIV Testing and Counseling Training of Providers in Houston, July 23-24 is now open for registration. 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.

Because CHTC builds on the skills of existing HIV testing providers, participants in this course should have completed and be certified in individual HIV testing and counseling training. It is also useful if they have been providing these services for at least six months or to at least 50 individual clients, so that they have some experiences to build on for CHTC.

To learn more and to register, visit the training website. The application deadline is June 26.

Post Date and Time Monday, June 9, 2014


Oral Health and HIV Symposium

An Oral Health and HIV Symposium will be held in Houston on Friday, June 20. The symposium will provide healthcare professionals a general overview of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) with emphasis on oral health, oral care and oral disease manifestations among patients with HIV. Symposium presenters will be:

  • Mark Nichols, D.D.S. – Dental Director Bering Omega
  • Shital Patel, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Clinical Director TX/OK AETC, Houston

The symposium will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with registration and information booths opening at 8:30 a.m. Limited space is available, early registration is recommended. To learn more and to register, visit the symposium websiteE-mail Jeff Benavides or call him at 713-873-4026 with questions about registration.

Post Date and Time Monday, June 9, 2014


Consumer Input Along the HIV Care Continuum: Increasing Engagement & Empowerment Webinar

Pozitively Health is sponsoring the webinar "Consumer Input Along the HIV Care Continuum: Increasing Engagement & Empowerment" on Friday, June 20 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. CT. By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify consumer needs along the HIV care continuum
  • Highlight high-performing models of excellence
  • Discuss the evolving provider-patient relationship
  • Analyze the HIV care continuum and what follows viral suppression?

To join the webinar on June 20, visit the webinar website.

Post Date and Time Monday, June 9, 2014


Reminder: Let Us Know What Your Agency is Doing for National HIV Testing Day 2014

Friday, June 27 marks the 20th annual observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), and we want to know what your plans are. Please e-mail a brief description of your planned event to Greg Beets no later than 5pm on Friday, June 6. Be sure to include the following information:

  • Agency name
  • Brief event description
  • Date(s) and time(s)
  • Address
  • Agency contact person and contact information

The Texas HIV/STD Insider is compiling a list of NHTD events taking place around the state for publication prior to June 27. Be advised that information about these events may be shared with media outlets who contact DSHS to inquire about local NHTD activities taking place in Texas.

This annual awareness event encourages persons at risk for HIV infection to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing. NHTD-related “Greater Than AIDS” campaign materials are available through the Greater Than AIDS website. We encourage you to register your NHTD event through hivtest.org.

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

Post Date and Time Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Book Your Hotel Room Now for the 2014 HIV Outreach & HEI Case Management Conference

The 2014 HIV Outreach & HEI Case Management Conference runs from July 20 - 23 at the Omni Hotel Austin at Southpark. The room block is filling up fast, and the special room rate of $95 per night for a single and $125 per night for a double ends on June 6.

The deadline for the Dan Rawlins Outreach Worker of the Year Award nominations has also been extended from June 6 to June 13. Please visit the conference website to nominate your co-workers, staff, or someone you know for this prestigious award.

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

Post Date and Time Tuesday, June 3, 2014


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Texas HIV/STD Job Postings

August 29, 2014

Austin - DSHS TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Branch seeks Epidemiologist II. Learn more

Austin - DSHS Immunization Branch seeks Program Specialist III. Learn more

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Non-Medical Case Manager
  • Patient Navigator
  • Registered Dental Assistant/Patient Navigator (at Jack Sansing Dental Clinic)

Learn more [ASA]

August 14, 2014

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks Linkage to Care Specialist. Learn more [AIDS Arms]

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

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

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

July 31, 2014

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks:

  • Outreach Education Specialist
  • Protocol Based Counseling, Risk Reduction Specialist
  • Bilingual Protocol Based Counseling, Risk Reduction Specialist

Learn more [AIDS Arms]

July 22, 2014

Austin - DSHS TB and Hansen’s Disease Group seeks Program Specialist V/TB Program Evaluation Analyst. Learn more

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Mpowerment Coordinator
  • Patient Navigator/Registered Dental Assistant

Learn more [ASA]

July 18, 2014

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks Data Entry Clerk (part time). Learn more [ASA]

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks Infectious Disease Physician. Learn more [AIDS Arms]

July 11, 2014

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

Austin - Project Transitions seeks Bilingual Housing Program Specialist. Learn more [Project Transitions]

Dallas - Abounding Prosperity seeks Clinical Programs Manager. Learn more [Abounding Prosperity]

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks:

  • Case Manager for the Community and Client Services program
  • Grants Writer/Manager
  • Intake Specialist
  • Staff Accountant

Learn more [AIDS Arms]

July 2, 2014

Austin - The University of Texas at Austin Kinesiology Department seeks Health Equity Coordinator. Learn more [UT Austin]

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks part-time Outreach Education Specialist. Learn more [AIDS Arms]

June 12, 2014

Houston - Houston Area Community Services seeks:

  • Medical Assistant/Data Entry
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • Psychiatrist

Learn more [HACS]

June 3, 2014

Austin - City of Austin Health and Human Services seeks Physician for RBJ Health Center. Learn more [City of Austin]

Austin - The Wright House Wellness Center seeks Medical Case Manager. To learn more or submit your resume, contact Wright House.

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

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

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

San Antonio - DSHS Public Health Region 8 seeks Disease Intervention Specialist. Learn more

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