An agency of the Texas Health and Human Services System.
Vision: A Healthy Texas
Mission: To improve health and well-being in Texas
Disease Reporting:Visit the HIV/STD Disease Reporting webpage for information on which sexually transmitted diseases health care providers need to report in Texas, and what test results for sexually transmitted diseases laboratories need to report in Texas, and more.
Texas HIV Medication Program
The Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) provides medications for the treatment of HIV and its related complications for low-income Texans. To qualify for medications, potential clients who meet eligibility criteria complete an application for assistance. Once approved, a client receives medications at an assigned pharmacy in their community.
To learn more about the THMP and find out if you are eligible, call toll free 1 (800) 255-1090.
You can apply for the program by downloading and completing the client application.
The THMP is the official AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) for the State of Texas. The THMP has been in existence since 1987 and provides medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of illnesses caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other opportunistic infections in HIV-infected individuals as prescribed by their doctor. THMP also operates the Texas HIV State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program (SPAP) which helps HIV-positive individuals that do not qualify for the full Low Income Subsidy (extra help) with their out-of-pocket costs associated with Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, including co-payments, deductibles, coinsurance, and during the coverage gap (the "donut hole").
Ryan White HIV-AIDS Program MAGI Documents
What you need to Know about MAGI (Modified Adjusted Gross Income)
To learn more about MAGI and how it affects Ryan White eligibility contact your local administrative agency.
HIV-AIDS and the Workplace
Information in Spanish: El VIH, el SIDA, y el lugar del trabajo (80 kb, PDF)
Watch the video below about HIV and the Workplace.YouTube | HIV-AIDS and the Workplace (3 min, 23 sec)
You may be wondering what HIV and AIDS could have to do with your job and workplace. Well, it depends on the type of work you do. Some people, like health care workers, have to deal with HIV and AIDS every day. Most of us, though, don’t need to give much thought to HIV or AIDS when it comes to our jobs. And that makes a lot of sense, because HIV is not spread through the type of casual day-to-day contact that most of us have with other people in our jobs. On the other hand, it does make sense to be familiar with HIV and AIDS for our own personal health, as well as with the situations that might come up at work that do involve HIV and AIDS.
What you should know about HIV, AIDS and the workplace:
Some general information about HIV/AIDS:
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the final stage of an infection caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). HIV attacks the body’s immune system, hurting the body’s ability to fight off diseases and other infections.
There is no cure for HIV infection or AIDS. There are also no clear symptoms of HIV infection, although some people may have flu-like symptoms for a few days after they are infected with HIV. But, even if an infected person has no symptoms, feels, and looks healthy, he or she can still pass the virus to others.
HIV is spread from person to person in the following body fluids:
HIV is NOT spread through the environment; it is a very fragile blood-borne virus. HIV-infected persons do not pose a threat to co-workers or clients during casual, day-to-day activities and contacts.
You CANNOT be infected with HIV through:
There are only a few ways for a person to come in contact with HIV:
How HIV/AIDS affects you in your workplace:
As you can see from the information on the last page, most of the behaviors that pass HIV from one person to another do not occur in the workplace. The only way that most people in the average workplace could be exposed to HIV would be if they had an open wound and someone else’s infected blood entered their body through that broken skin.
How to avoid HIV infection in the workplace:
It is easy to avoid being exposed to HIV and other blood-borne diseases by using good personal hygiene and common sense at all times:
Ways to reduce your risk for HIV infection in your personal life:
If you work with someone who has HIV and/or AIDS:
If you have a cold, flu or other virus, remember that people with HIV or AIDS do not have a healthy immune system. They are more likely to become ill from a virus that a healthy person’s body could easily fight. Remember, too, that people with HIV or AIDS are just like anyone else living with a disease: they need caring, support, and understanding.
Last Updated May 12, 2016