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    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

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Online Perinatal HIV Course Updated

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

The online course is available through the TRAIN Texas system.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, December 17, 2014


New E-Learning Courses from National Community Health Partners

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

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

NCHP online course catalog also includes several other courses:

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

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

Post Date and Time Wednesday, December 17, 2014


How Do Women Think About HIV Risk?

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

Speakers include:

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

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

Post Date and Time Friday, December 12, 2014


DSHS Releases Recommendation for PrEP

Many of you may have heard of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, by now. PrEP is a very promising prevention option for people who are at high risk of getting HIV. It’s meant to be used consistently, as a pill taken every day, and to be used with other prevention options such as condoms.

Earlier this year, CDC and the U.S. Public Health Service released new clinical guidelines encouraging health care providers to consider prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for patients at substantial risk for HIV. CDC also released a letter detailing key actions that an organization could take to help achieve the full promise of PrEP as well as grantee guidance on PrEP related services that can be supported with HIV Prevention funding.

DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch has released a recommendation to contractors informing them DSHS also recommends that PrEP be considered for people who are HIV-negative and at high risk for HIV and asking that they advocate for clients who need PrEP as well as help break down barriers and create pathways to PrEP.

For questions about the DSHS PrEP position statement, contact Shelley Lucas, Manager, HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, December 2, 2014


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

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

Draft standards and monitoring tools have been written for the following service categories:

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

As part of this process we are asking providers, consumers, and interested stakeholders to review and provide comments. To learn more about the standards and tools and to submit your feedback, visit the Minimum Standards and Monitoring Tools for HRSA Service Categories page. Public comment will be accepted until December 31, 2014.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, December 2, 2014


DSHS Releases 2013 Epi Profile

Epi ProfileThe DSHS TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit has released the 2013 Texas STD and HIV Integrated Epidemiologic Profile (Epi Profile) (PDF : 2,141 kb), a summary of information on known STD and HIV/AIDS cases in Texas. The Epi Profile was created to assist planners, public health professionals, policy makers and other stakeholders at the local and state level. It is a snapshot of STD and HIV infection as of the end of 2013. You can read the Epi Profile and other reports from the TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit on the Reports page.

Post Date and Time Monday, December 1, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

Post Date and Time Monday, December 1, 2014


2015 National Transgender Health Summit Call for Abstracts

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

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

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

Post Date and Time Monday, December 1, 2014


World AIDS Day in Texas - 2014

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

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

 

AUSTIN

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

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

 

BEAUMONT

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

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

HIV Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DALLAS

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

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

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

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

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

 

EL PASO

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

 

HOUSTON

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

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

HIV Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

KILEEN

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

HIV Testing

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

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

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

Viewing of AIDS Memorial Quilt Public Viewing

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

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

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

 

LONGVIEW

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

 

MIDLAND

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

 

PLANO

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

 

RICHARDSON

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

 

RICHMOND

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

 

SAN ANGELO

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

 

SAN ANTONIO

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

 

Post Date and Time Monday, November 24, 2014


Dallas Area HIV Services Handbook

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

Post Date and Time Monday, November 24, 2014


What is Your Agency Doing for World AIDS Day?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the following websites for additional World AIDS Day resources:

Post Date and Time Monday, November 17, 2014


Couples HIV Testing and Counseling Training of Providers

A Couples HIV Testing and Counseling Training of Providers is scheduled for December 3-4 in Houston. This course builds on the existing skills of individual HIV testing and counseling providers, and equips them with the skills to conduct Couples HIV Testing and Counseling (CHTC) services following the CHTC protocol. CHTC occurs when two or more persons who are in - or are planning to be in - a sexual relationship, receive all elements of HIV testing and counseling together in order to facilitate disclosure of results between partners and develop a prevention plan that is specific to the couple, their relationship, and their serostatus. Participants in this training course will learn communication skills for working with couples, will practice skills for easing tension and diffusing blame, and will learn how to address risk issues using abstract language and with a focus on the present and the future. Participants will also learn how to talk about HIV discordance (when one partner is HIV positive and one partner is HIV negative), and will practice delivering a CHTC session via role plays and interactive exercises. Prior to attending the 2-day in-person training, participants will be expected to complete a 2-hour pre-training e-learning module.

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

Post Date and Time Monday, November 17, 2014


d-up: Defend Yourself Training of Facilitators Available Online

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

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

Post Date and Time Monday, November 17, 2014


THMP Medication Advisory Committee Rescheduled for December 5

The next THMP Medication Advisory Committee meeting has been scheduled for Friday, December 5 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 (ASH map, campus map PDF : 552 kb). Parking is available around the building, with the entrance being on the Guadalupe Street side.

Agenda

I. Call to Order – Philip Keiser, M.D.

II. Approval of previous meeting minutes (February 21, 2014) – Philip Keiser, M.D. and Committee

III. Update on the Division for Disease Control and Prevention Services – Janna Zumbrun

IV. THMP Budget Update – DSHS Staff

V. ADAP/SPAP update reports – DSHS Staff

VI. Discussion of cobicistat (Tybost) and elvitegravir (Vitekta)

VII. Schedule next meeting – Philip Keiser, M.D.

VIII. Public comments – Philip Keiser, M.D.

IX. Adjourn – Philip Keiser, M.D.

Post Date and Time Friday, October 31, 2014


DSHS Changes Documentation Requirements for CDC Funding Announcement 15-1502

DSHS has changed the documentation required from CBOs requesting Attachments C and G for their applications for CDC announcement 15-1502. Rather than submitting draft of their proposal, applicants may provide a project abstract. Applicants should follow the instructions posted at www.dshs.state.tx.us/hivstd/.

Post Date and Time Friday, October 31, 2014


New National Medical Monitoring Project Report

On October 17, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention published an HIV Surveillance Special Report entitled “Behavioral and Clinical Characteristics of Persons Receiving Medical Care for HIV Infection—Medical Monitoring Project, United States, 2010" [CDC PDF]. Contributing to this national report, the Texas and Houston Medical Monitoring Project (MMP) sites have been implementing the MMP in Texas since 2005, collecting statewide representative clinical and behavioral data on patients with HIV receiving medical care in Texas. A special thanks goes out to all of the Texas patients, medical providers and their staff that have participated in this important project.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, October 28, 2014


THMP Medication Advisory Committee Meeting Rescheduled

The next THMP Medication Advisory Committee meeting has been rescheduled to Friday, December 5 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. The location and agenda will be posted soon.

Post Date and Time Friday, October 17, 2014


CDC Launches Nation’s First PrEP Support Hotline for Clinicians

CDC has launched the nation’s first PrEPline – a dedicated national toll-free consultation service for clinicians considering prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for their patients. Through the new telephone consultation service, any clinician seeking information about PrEP can rapidly receive expert guidance from a staff of experienced clinicians from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm CT Monday through Friday. Although all clinicians can benefit from the service, the focus of the PrEPline will be on those physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are most likely to be providing primary care to HIV-uninfected patients facing high risk of acquiring HIV infection.

Clinicians seeking advice and consultation on PrEP can call the hotline at 855 HIV PrEP (855-448-7737). For more information on the services offered through the PrEPline, visit the national Clinicians Consultation website at http://nccc.ucsf.edu.

To learn more, visit the CDC website.

Post Date and Time Friday, October 17, 2014


New CME/CNE Courses – 2014 ACTHIV Conference

The Clinical Education Initiative of the New York Department of Health now offers six new CME/CNE courses from the 2014 ACTHIV Conference. After viewing a course, follow the link in the course instructions to receive CME/CNE credit.* Courses are free and available online at any time:

* CME/CNE credit is offered through the joint sponsorship/co-providership of the William Beaumont Hospital, American Academy of CME, Inc., and the American Conference for the Treatment of HIV (ACTHIV).

Post Date and Time Friday, October 17, 2014


DSHS Support Documents for CDC Funding Announcement PS 15-1502

The DSHS HIV/STD/TB/Viral Hepatitis Unit has published the following support documents for potential applicants to the recently released Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) PS 15-1502 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

‎The documents include an orientation to the state rules, policies, procedures and requirements potential applicants must follow. We have also posted information on HIV epidemiology and the continuum of care for the priority populations referenced in the Texas HIV Plan (2013) and the Texas HIV-STD Prevention Plan (2011).

Processes for obtaining a (DSHS) letter to include in your CDC application is forthcoming. All potential applicants must attest to their understanding of the Texas rules, policies and procedures and requirements included in the support documents.

We look forward ‎to working with you on this initiative, and thank you for your continued provision of high-quality HIV prevention services for all Texans.

Post Date and Time Thursday, October 9, 2014


NACCHO’s PrEP for HIV Prevention Educational Series Launches First of Three Modules

The National Association of County and City Health Officials’ (NACCHO’s) HIV and STI Prevention Program is pleased to announce the release of the first module in its PrEP and Local Health Departments educational series. The series focuses on pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for HIV prevention and explores the potential roles for local health departments in delivering PrEP or supporting PrEP delivery as part of comprehensive HIV prevention programs.

Module 1: The Science of PrEP for HIV Prevention and the US Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guidelines for PrEP provides the foundational information for the series. The module, which includes three webcasts (pre-recorded lectures), a discussion guide, and supporting resources and tools, answers the question “What is PrEP?” and looks at the science and research behind PrEP, who might benefit from PrEP, key messages and recommendations from the federal PrEP guidelines, and the role and potential for local public health as it relates to PrEP.

On Wednesday, October 15 from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT, NACCHO will host a live webinar with series instructor Mark Thrun, M.D., Director, HIV/STD Prevention and Control, Denver Public Health, Director, Denver Prevention Training Center, Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Division of Infectious Diseases. The webinar will include a brief overview of the webcasts followed by a question and answer session. The webinar is also intended to provide an opportunity for participants to share information about their PrEP-related activities and engage with colleagues and partners across the country. Come prepared to ask questions and share your experiences. The webinar will be archived and made available as an additional resource. Register for the webinar on the NACCHO website.

The remaining two modules in NACCHO’s educational series will be released in November and December, and will similarly be followed by live webinars. Visit NACCHO’s PrEP for HIV Prevention homepage for additional information.

Module 2: Who Might Benefit from PrEP? Assessing Benefit at a Population and Individual Level
Module 3: Thinking About Incorporating PrEP into Your HIV
Prevention Programs? Examples and Models from Local Health Departments

Post Date and Time Thursday, October 9, 2014


THMP Medication Advisory Committee Meeting Postponed

The Texas HIV Medication Program Medication Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for October 17 has been postponed due to anticipated medication addition requests for two medications that recently received FDA approval. Notices for the new meeting date will be posted as soon as more information is available, but is anticipated to be in mid-November.

Post Date and Time Monday, October 6, 2014


#SpeakOutHIV

SpeakOutTexasEarlier this week, Greater Than AIDS and partners announced #SpeakOutHIV a new social media campaign to break the silence and stigma of HIV.

Inspired by 25 powerful personal videos recorded by 25 young gay men, the campaign calls on those affected by HIV and allies to #SpeakOutHIV on YouTube and share through other social media, including Facebook and Twitter.

The campaign comes at a critical time. HIV infections are rising among gay men--most significantly young gay men. In recent years, there has been a 22 percent increase in new infections among gay men ages 13-24. Overall, gay men represent two thirds of new infections in the United States.

Watch. Share. Add your voice.

Post Date and Time Friday, September 26, 2014


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

The next Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) Training of Facilitators is scheduled for November 18-19 in Dallas, Texas. This two-day workshop provides participants with the knowledge, skills, and practice to successfully facilitate the ARTAS intervention. ARTAS is an individual-level, multi-session, time-limited intervention to link individuals who have been recently diagnosed with HIV to medical care. ARTAS is based on the Strengths-based Case Management (SBCM) model, which is rooted in Social Cognitive Theory (particularly self-efficacy) and Humanistic Psychology.

To learn more about this training and to register, visit the Effective Interventions website. The registration application deadline is October 10.

Post Date and Time Friday, September 26, 2014


DSHS Proposing Changes to HIV/STD Reporting Rules

The DSHS TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit is proposing rule changes to the Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 97, Subchapter F, Rule §§97.131 - 97.139.

The proposed amendments to these rules affect the reporting of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS by health care providers and laboratories. We are seeking stakeholder input and encourage you to review and comment on these changes prior to their submission to the DSHS Council for review. The proposed rule revisions and instructions for providing comments can be found on the HIV/STD Program website. Comments will be accepted until October 7, 2014.

Post Date and Time Monday, September 22, 2014


Speak Out Texas

SpeakOutTexasSpeak Out Texas is here! Wednesday night, Greater Than AIDS and local partners premiered new Speak Out videos on the big screen in the Angelika theater in Dallas, Texas. There were tears, laughter, and so much love in the room. See for yourself. Watch and share the videos and post your comments at #SpeakOutHIV

Speak Out Texas is a new campaign developed with local health departments to engage the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in response to the silence and stigma of HIV. The cross-platform campaign, which features gay men from Texas, encourages more open communication about HIV in relationships, with healthcare providers and within the community.

Request your community kit with posters, HIV/AIDS guides, PrEP postcards and more at www.greaterthan.org/texasorders.

For more about the new Speak Out Texas campaign and ways you can get involved, visit the KFF Speak Out Texas website.

Post Date and Time Friday, September 19, 2014


PreP's Role in Women's Health Webinar

The webinar, "PrEP me, please: Understand PrEP's role in women's health & safer conception" is scheduled for September 23 at 3:00 p.m. CT. Learn more about PrEP's impact on HIV prevention and education and witness first-hand a coalition of organizations determined to increase women's access to PrEP as a prevention option. The webinar is hosted by US Women & PrEP Working Group, SisterLove and AVAC.

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

Post Date and Time Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Grant Writing Workshop in Dallas

National Community Health Partner's (NCHP) Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) program is offering a Grant Writing Workshop October 15-16 in Dallas. The workshop will help participants:

  • Understand and identify the basic structure and key elements of a grant proposal
  • Develop a plan for conceptualizing, writing, reviewing, and evaluating your grant application
  • Learn how to develop and write SMART goals and objectives
  • Develop an appropriate budget narrative and justification
  • Discuss strategies for effective grant writing process

The workshop will be held at Veteran's Resource Center, Dining Hall Center, 4900 Lancaster Road, Dallas, Texas 75216 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day (sign in starts at 8:30 on October 15).

To register, visit the workshop website. Each agency is limited to two registrants. To learn more, contact Ann Verdine at 520-795-9456 or averdine@nchponline.org.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Best Practices for Program Administration Webinar

The webinar "Best Practices for Program Administration" focusing on AIDS Service Organization (ASO) 340B success stories is scheduled for October 9 at noon CT. Most ASOs and HIV/AIDS Treatment Centers are considering 340B, or already have a program in place. For both, the key challenge is how to optimize 340B to best serve the organization’s patients and mission. This webinar will explore how two different AIDS service organizations have implemented and expanded their 340B program allowing them to fund critical programs and serve more patients in need.

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

Post Date and Time Wednesday, September 17, 2014


THMP Medication Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

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 (ASH map, campus map PDF : 552 kb). Parking is available around the building, with the entrance being on the Guadalupe Street side.

Agenda

I. Call to Order – Philip Keiser, M.D.

II. Approval of previous meeting minutes (February 21, 2014) – Philip Keiser, M.D. and Committee

III. Update on the Division for Disease Control and Prevention Services – Janna Zumbrun

IV. THMP Budget Update – DSHS Staff

V. ADAP/SPAP update reports – DSHS Staff

VI. Presentation – FDA approval of Triumeq dolutegravir/abacavir/lamivudine)-ViiV

VII. Discussion and vote on recommendation to add Triumeq dolutegravir/abacavir/lamivudine) to the THMP formulary – Philip Keiser, M.D. and Committee

VIII. Schedule next meeting – Philip Keiser, M.D.

IX. Public comments – Philip Keiser, M.D.

X. Adjourn – Philip Keiser, M.D.

 

Post Date and Time Friday, September 5, 2014


CDC Funding Announcement: Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Projects for Community-Based Organizations

CDC has announced the publication of Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) PS15-1502: Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Projects for Community-Based Organizations. The FOA was published September 3, 2014 on www.grants.gov (please find the instructions for accessing the FOA below). Letters of Intent are due September 17, 2014. The application deadline is November 14, 2014, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

To access the Announcement and Application Package:

  1. Select: “Applicants” from the top menu
  2. Select: “Apply for Grants”
  3. Select: “Download a Grant Application Package”
  4. In the “Funding Opportunity Number” box, type the number formatted as: CDC-RFA-PS15-1502

For additional information, please visit the PS15-1502 website www.cdc.gov/hiv/policies/funding/announcements/ps15-1502/index.html. The website will be updated regularly with new information. Please forward all questions to CBOFOA@cdc.gov.

Post Date and Time Friday, September 5, 2014


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


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December 17, 2014

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

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

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Prevention Promotions Specialist
  • Volunteer Manager

Learn more [ASA]

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

December 12, 2014

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

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

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

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

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks:

  • Case Manager II
  • Referral Case Manager

Learn more [AIDS Arms]

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

December 2, 2014

Austin - The Wright House Wellness Center seeks:

  • Housing Case Manager
  • Data Specialist

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

December 1, 2014

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

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

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

November 24, 2014

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

November 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

October 31, 2014

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

Fort Worth - AIDS Outreach Center seeks:

  • Bilingual Counselor
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Contact AOC to learn more and to submit your resume

Fort Worth - Samaritan House seeks Medical Care and Treatment Manager. Contact Samaritan House to learn more and to submit your resume

San Antonio - San Antonio AIDS Foundation seeks Senior Programmatic/Administrative Officer. position filled

October 28, 2014

Austin - DSHS Tuberculosis & Hansen's Disease Group seeks Nurse IV. Learn more

Austin - CommUnityCare seeks Staff Nurse at the David Powell Clinic. Learn more [CommUnityCare]

October 17, 2014

Austin - DSHS Office of Surveillance, Evaluation, and Research (OSER) seeks Program Manager. Learn more

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Mpowerment Events Specialist
  • Special Events Manager

Learn more [ASA]

Houston - Legacy Community Health Services seeks:

  • HIV Community Health Worker (full time) Learn more [Legacy]
  • HIV Community Health Worker (part time) Learn more [Legacy]

October 9, 2014

Austin - DSHS Office of Surveillance, Evaluation, and Research (OSER) seeks Research Specialist V. Learn more

Fort Worth - Prevention Unit of Addiction Services MHMR Tarrant County seeks three Outreach Specialists (Position #1578 ). Learn more [MHMR Tarrant County]

October 6, 2014

Austin - DSHS Health Care Safety Group seeks Epidemiologist III. Learn more

Austin - DSHS Office of Surveillance, Evaluation and Research (OSER) seeks Epidemiologist III. Learn more

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Food Bank Coordinator (30 hours per week)
  • Eligibility and Intake Specialist

Learn more [ASA]

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

September 26, 2014

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks Social Media Behavioral Intervention Specialist. Learn more [AIDS Arms]

Houston - Houston Ryan White Part A grantee seeks Project Coordinator – Quality Management Development. Learn more [Harris County]

September 22, 2014

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks:

  • Empowerment Coordinator
  • Registered Nurse with HIV clinical experience

Learn more [AIDS Arms]

September 19, 2014

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

El Paso - City of El Paso STD Program seeks Disease Intervention Supervisor. Learn more [City of El Paso]

Fort Worth - AIDS Outreach Center seeks:

  • Associate Executive Director
  • Mental Health Counselor

Learn more [AOC]

September 17, 2014

Austin - DSHS HIV/STD Care Services Group seeks HOPWA Coordinator. Learn more

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Mpowerment Coordinator
  • Registered Dental Assistant
  • Volunteer Manager

Learn more [ASA]

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks:

  • Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator/Lab Technician
  • Coordinator for the EmPowerment for Positives program

Learn more [AIDS Arms]

September 5, 2014

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

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

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]

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