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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

    DSHS strives to respond to all email requests in a timely manner. It is important to note, however, that messages that you send to us by email may not be secure and may be intercepted by a third party. Therefore, we recommend that you do not send any confidential health information to us by email.

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Texas Rules and Regulations

Texas Statutes [Texas Legislature]
This statutory database is jointly maintained by the Texas Legislative Council and West Publishing Company. Direct links to specific codes most relevant to the HIV/STD Program are provided below.

Texas Administrative Code [Texas Secretary of State]

Chapter 96, Bloodborne Pathogen Control [Texas Secretary of State]

§96.202 Exposure Control Plan [Texas Secretary of State]

Bloodborne Pathogens
Site maintained by the Infectious Disease Control Unit of DSHS. The Texas State Legislature and Governor passed House Bill 2085 containing Bloodborne Pathogens Control regulations that became effective in 2001.

Chapter 97, Communicable Diseases [Texas Secretary of State]

Subchapter F, Sexually Transmitted Diseases Including Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrom (AIDS) and Human Immunodificiency Virus (HIV) [Texas Secretary of State]

Chapter 98, Texas HIV Medication Program [Texas Secretary of State]

Subchapter C, Texas HIV Medication Program [Texas Secretary of State]

Health and Safety Code [Texas Legislature]

Chapter 81, Communicable Diseases [Texas Legislature]

Chapter 85, AIDS and HIV [Texas Legislature]

Chapter 94, Education and Prevention Program for Hepatitis C [Texas Legislature]

Chapter 163, Education Program about Sexual Conduct and Substance Abuse [Texas Legislature]

Family Code [Texas Legislature]

Chapter 32, Consent to Treatment of Child by Non-Parent or Child [Texas Legislature]

Sec. 32.003. Consent to Treatment by Child [Texas Legislature]

Code of Criminal Procedure [Texas Legislature]

Chapter 21, Indictment and Information [Texas Legislature]

Article 21.31, AIDS Testing [Texas Legislature]

Penal Code [Texas Legislature]

Chapter 21, Sexual Offenses [Texas Legislature]

Chapter 22, Assaultive Offenses [Texas Legislature]

Chapter 25, Offenses Against the Family [Texas Legislature]

Civil Practice and Remedies Code [Texas Legislature]

Chapter 129, Age of Majority [Texas Legislature]

Insurance Code [Texas Legislature]

Chapter 544, Prohibited Discrimination [Texas Legislature]

Chapter 545, HIV Testing [Texas Legislature]

Occupations Code [Texas Legislature]

Chapter 159, Physician - Patient Communication [Texas Legislature]

Sec. 159.005. Consent for Release of Confidential Information [Texas Legislature]


Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership [TMHP]
As of January 1, 2004, ACS State Healthcare LLC, under contract with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), assumed administration of Medicaid claims processing and the Medicaid primary care case management services program, Texas Health Network (THN). ACS meets its new consolidated Medicaid responsibilities with a team of subcontractors under the name of TMHP.  This website is designed to increase access, reduce paperwork, and promote knowledge for all providers, members, clients, and other stakeholders.

Texas Register [Texas Secretary of State]

General Provisions for Grant Contracts

Uniform Grant Management Standards rev. 2001 [Governor of Texas]

DSHS Disease Reporting and Investigational Materials

Compendium of State HIV Testing Laws (PDF) [UCSF]


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State Bills and Acts

General Appropriations Act [LBB]
State appropriations information is available through the Legislative Budget Board web site. The Legislative Budget Board (LBB) is a permanent joint committee of the Texas Legislature that develops recommendations for legislative appropriations for all agencies of state government.

Medical Practice Act, Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 151 [Texas Legislature]

Texas Pharmacy Act, Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 551 [Texas Legislature]
Regulations relating to the sale, delivery, or distribution of prescription drugs and devices.

Public Information, Government Code Chapter 552 [Texas Legislature]


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Texas Legislature

Information on bills and amendments as well as legislative and committee calendars.

Texas Legislature Online [Texas Legislature]

Texas Senate Chamber [Texas Senate]

Texas House of Representatives Chamber [Texas House]


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Agencies of the State of Texas

Office of the Attorney General [OAG]

State of Texas Government Information [Texas.gov]

Texas State Library and Archives Commission [Texas State Library]

Texas Records and Information Locator Service (TRAIL) [TRAIL]

State and Local Records Management [Texas State Library]
The State and Local Records Management page provides state agency and local government records management officers and others involved in government records management ready access to laws, regulations, and other resources for records management in state agencies and local governments of Texas.

Legislative Budget Board [LBB]

Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas Department of Insurance [TDI]

State of Texas - List of Agencies, Commissions, and Universities [Texas Legislature]

The Supreme Court of Texas [Supreme Court of Texas]


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Federal Rules and Regulations

Direct links to specific U.S. rules and regulations such as the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, OMB Circulars, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, and many more.

FedLaw [FedLaw]

Code of Federal Regulations [National Archives]
Text of public regulations issued by agencies of the Federal government.

United States Code [Cornell]
The Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School also offers a legislative update service for any section you are interested in.

Civil Rights - 42 USC Chapter 21 [Cornell]

Public Health Service - 42 USC Chapter 6a [Cornell]

U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) [GPO]
Looking for information from the federal Legislative Branch, Executive Branch, or the Judicial Branch, then this is the site you want to visit. Once you've reached this destination, learn more about how the federal government operates.


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Federal Bills and Acts

Ryan White Treatment Modernization Act [HRSA]

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006 provides the Federal HIV/AIDS programs in the Public Health Service (PHS) Act under Title XXVI flexibility to respond effectively to the changing epidemic

The new law changed how Ryan White funds can be used, with an emphasis on providing life-saving and life-extending services for people living with HIV/AIDS across this country.

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program was enacted in 1990 and, in addition to 2006, was reauthorized in 1996 and 2000.


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U.S. Congress

The United States House of Representatives [U.S. House]

The United States Senate [U.S. Senate]

Bill Summary & Status [Library of Congress]


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Agencies of the Federal Government

United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) [DHHS]

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [CDC]

CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention [CDC]

CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) [CDC]

Content of AIDS-Related Written Materials, Pictorials, Audiovisuals, Questionaires, Survey Instruments, and Educational Sessions in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Assistance Programs [CDC]

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) [HRSA]

HRSA, HIV/AIDS Programs [HRSA]

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) [HUD]


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Last updated December 03, 2014