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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

    E-mail the HIV/STD Program

    E-mail data requests to HIV/STD Program - This email can be used to request data and statistics on HIV, TB, and STDs in Texas. It cannot be used to get treatment or infection history for individuals, or to request information on programs and services. Please do not include any personal, identifying health information in your email such as HIV status, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, etc.

    For treatment/testing history, please contact your local Health Department.

    For information on HIV testing and services available to Persons Living with HIV and AIDS, please contact your local HIV services organization.

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Healthy Relationships Training of Facilitators

A Healthy Relationships Training of Facilitators has been scheduled for November 17-20 in San Antonio. Healthy Relationships is a five-session, small-group intervention for men and women living with HIV/AIDS. It is based on Social Cognitive Theory and focuses on developing skills and building self-efficacy and positive expectations about new behaviors through modeling behaviors and practicing new skills.

To learn more and to register for this training, visit the Effective Interventions website. Registration closes on September 25.

Post Date and Time Friday, August 28, 2015


CDC Webinars on Updated Federal HIV Prevention Guidelines

CDC will host two free webinars on new Recommendations on HIV Prevention with Adults and Adolescents with HIV developed by CDC, HRSA, NIH and five nongovernmental HIV prevention and care organizations. These webinars will describe the latest recommendations, strategies, and resources to implement these recommendations for staff of health departments, HIV planning groups, and nonclinical providers in community-based organizations or health departments.

  • Wednesday, August 26, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. CT - Recommendations for nonclinical providers in community-based organizations or health departments about individual-level interventions to promote linkage and retention in care, HIV treatment initiation and adherence, risk-reduction interventions, and ancillary medical and social services (e.g., mental health services). Visit the webinar website to learn more and register.
  • Thursday, August 27, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. CT - Recommendations for health departments and HIV planning groups about legal and policy issues, and population- and structural-level interventions to promote linkage and retention in care, HIV treatment initiation and adherence, and partner services. Visit the webinar website to learn more and register.

Continuing education (CE) Credit: Both webinars offer 1 hour of Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credit through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

The webinars will be hosted by staff of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.

Post Date and Time Thursday, August 20, 2015


Webinar: Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Access, Quality and Care

The American Public Health Association (APHA) will host the webinar "Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Access, Quality and Care on Tuesday, August 25 at 1:00 p.m. CT. Despite recent expansions in health insurance coverage, racial and ethnic minorities still are more likely to have unequal access, receive poorer quality care and have worse health outcomes. These health disparities threaten our nation’s health.

To learn more and register, visit the webinar website.

This program is the third in the four-part APHA webinar series "Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation." Recordings of the first two webinars are available at the links below. The fourth webinar is scheduled for September 1 (registration pending).

  1. Naming and Addressing Racism: A Primer - recorded webinar
  2. No Safety, No Health: A Conversation About Race, Place and Preventing Violence - recorded webinar
  3. Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Access, Quality and Care - August 25 - register
  4. Racism: The Silent Partner in High School Dropout and Health Disparities - September 1 - registration coming soon

One free CPH credit is available for this activity. Participants must register, attend the entire webinar and complete the evaluation online to obtain a CE certificate.

Post Date and Time Thursday, August 20, 2015


DSHS Pharmacy Branch Closed for Inventory on August 31

The DSHS Pharmacy Branch will be closed on Monday, August 31 to conduct fiscal year end inventory. The Pharmacy Branch warehouse will not process any program medication orders on this day in order to conduct the annual physical inventory count. Please prepare accordingly and place your medication orders prior to Friday, August 28. The Pharmacy Branch will resume order processing as usual on Tuesday, September 1.

If you have questions, contact Francela Brazil Williams or Sergio Noyola.

Post Date and Time Thursday, August 13, 2015


CDC Report Reviews Experiences and Needs of PLWHA

The CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention recently released, “Behavioral and Clinical Characteristics of Persons Receiving Medical Care for HIV Infection—Medical Monitoring Project, United States, 2012.” The Medical Monitoring Project (MMP) is a surveillance system designed to learn more about the experiences and needs of people who are living with HIV. The 2012 report includes data from Texas.

Read the report at the CDC website. (PDF)

Post Date and Time Thursday, August 13, 2015


TB, HIV, and Smoking: A Perfect Storm

A study authored by CDC and other TB experts in the August 10 issue of The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease identifies a critical missed opportunity in current TB, HIV, and TB-HIV co-infection programs. According to the paper, “Clearing the Smoke around the TB-HIV Syndemic,” while smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke are known to worsen TB and HIV outcomes, strategies proven to reduce tobacco use are not yet routinely included in treatment programs.

The authors call for urgent action to integrate anti-smoking strategies into TB, HIV, and TB-HIV care, and recommend the use of the World Health Organization’s MPOWER intervention for reducing tobacco use.

Each year, nearly nine million people become sick with TB and two million people die of TB-related causes. At least one-third of the nearly 36 million people living with HIV are also infected with TB, which is the leading cause of death among people who are HIV-infected. Smoking is more prevalent among people with TB or HIV. It is associated with poorer outcomes for TB treatment, and may also inhibit the effectiveness of life-saving HIV antiretroviral treatment.

MPOWER is estimated to have prevented 7.4 million premature deaths between 2007 and 2010. The paper also highlights resources to help reach vulnerable populations for streamlined and improved patient care.

For more information about the article’s findings, read the journal article or accompanying press release.

For information on CDC’s fight against the global TB epidemic, visit CDC’s Global Health Programs: Global Tuberculosis Elimination.

Post Date and Time Thursday, August 13, 2015


2016 Texas HIV/STD ConferenceSave the Date! 2016 Texas HIV/STD Conference

Please mark your calendars! DSHS will host the 2016 Texas HIV/STD Conference on October 4-6, 2016 at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas. Guest room reservations will be available in November 2015 and registration will open in spring 2016. A tentative schedule is posted at the conference website. Additional information will be announced as it becomes available.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Free Hepatitis C Training in Ardmore, Oklahoma in September

The Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Hepatitis C Support Project are offering training on hepatitis C (HCV), which will cover HCV transmission/prevention, diagnostic tests, disease progression/management and new treatment therapies. The training will take place on Thursday, September 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT at:

Southern Oklahoma Technology Center
2610 Sam Noble Parkway
Conference Room B
Ardmore, Oklahoma

There is no cost to attend the training and lunch will be provided. However, registration is limited so please register early as possible as registration openings will fill up quickly. The deadline to register is August 28. For registration please contact: Sally Bouse, Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator at sallyb@health.ok.gov or at (405) 271-9444, Ext. 56621.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, August 11, 2015


The Experience of Rolling out 4th Generation Rapid HIV Testing

Thomas Knoble, Capacity Building Program Coordinator with the San Francisco Department of Public Health's Community Health Equity and Promotion Branch will present on the experience in preparing to roll out the new Determine rapid HIV test in community-based settings in San Francisco. He will review best practices in working with critical partners to prepare for a successful roll out. He will also cover logistics of rollout pre-work, training materials and quality assurance plans. Additionally, he'll address the components it takes to get the test into the field.

Mr. Knoble will host a webinar on Thursday, August 13 at 1:00 p.m. CT to discuss implementing 4th generation rapid HIV testing in San Francisco. To learn more and to register, visit the webinar website.

Mr. Knoble will also be available for one-on-one question and answer sessions ont eh same topic on Thursday, August 27 starting at 12:00 noon CT. To learn more and to sign up for a 30-minute chat, visit the program website.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Funding Announced for Southern REACH Initiative

AIDS United, with funding from the Ford Foundation, is pleased to announce the opportunity for grant support through the Southern Regional Expansion of Access and Capacity to Address HIV/AIDS (REACH) Initiative.

The overarching goal of this initiative is to positively impact the HIV/AIDS policy environment in the South to reduce the disparities in HIV-related health outcomes and prevention. Core to these efforts is an integrated focus on social and racial justice and the health and dignity of people most affected by HIV/AIDS.

Funding for this project is targeted exclusively to 10 southern states including Texas. AIDS United expects to award grants through this initiative by January 1, 2016. Applicants are eligible to apply for up to $100,000 along with the opportunity for technical assistance, for a one-year grant period.

Two informational sessions will be held to review the RFP, walk through the application and review process, clarify what types of projects are eligible and competitive, and field questions.

  • Thursday, August 13, 10:00 a.m. CT
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2:00 p.m. CT

To register, email Zachary Ford with your name, organization, and date preference. To learn more, visit the AIDS United website.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, August 11, 2015


DSHS Releases 2014 Texas HIV and STD Surveillance Reports

The Texas HIV and STD Surveillance Reports are annual reports generated by the Texas Department of State Health Services, TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch. The 2014 reports describe cases reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services Surveillance Program from January 1 to December 31, 2014, as well as historical data. View the HIV report (PDF : 3,136 kb) and the STD report (PDF : 4,243 kb).

Post Date and Time Monday, August 3, 2015


DSHS Seeks Public Comment on Sub-Contracting HIV Core and Support Services by an Administrative Agency Policy

DSHS Recently released a draft version of a new policy "Sub-Contracting HIV Core and Support Services by an Administrative Agency" (Policy 280.001). This policy affects Administrative Agencies contracted with DSHS HIV Care Services Group to deliver direct services to clients through contracts established with local providers. The objective of this policy is to minimize the number of sub of sub contracts that are established. We are asking providers, consumers, and interested stakeholders to review and provide comments. We value your opinion and hope that you will take the time to review and give feedback. Please forward your comments via email to teena.edwards@dshs.state.tx.us. Public comment will be accepted until August 31.

Post Date and Time Monday, August 3, 2015


DSHS Seeks Public Comment on Two Policies

The DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch has posted two draft policies for review and comment. The policy Health Insurance Assistance (260.002) is a revision of current policy. The policy Calculation of Estimated Expenditures on Covered Clinical Services (270.001) is a new policy.

Public comment will be accepted through August 31 for both policies and can be e-mailed to Dan Warr or mailed to:

TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit
Texas Department of State Health Services
Post Office Box 149347, MC 7909
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Post Date and Time Friday, July 31, 2015


HIV Mentoring for Providers

HealthHIV.org offers free engagement with HIV expert mentors for MDs, NPs, DOs, and PAs. HealthHIV.org also includes self-paced training modules to help providers expand HIV clinical care skills. To learn more and to register, visit the HealthHIV.org website, e-mail Carmelita Whitfield or call her at 202-507-4744.

Post Date and Time Friday, July 31, 2015


National HIV/AIDS Strategy Release Livestream Agenda

On Thursday, July 30 the White House and AIDS.gov will live stream the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020 during an all-day event in Atlanta, Georgia. You will be able to view the live stream on the AIDS.gov homepage from 9:00 a.m.­ – 3:30 p.m. (CDT). The agenda for the livestream is:

  • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – The event will feature senior Administration officials, including current Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, as well as former Surgeon General David Satcher
  • 10:00 – 11:15 p.m. – Administration officials will present the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020
  • 11:15 – 12:00 p.m. – Panelists will highlight current and upcoming Federal efforts to meet the Strategy’s goals.
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Event break
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Community leaders will discuss the unique needs and perspectives of populations highlighted in the Strategy
  • 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. – Panelists will discuss how to implement changes in the private and non-profit settings for advancing the Strategy’s goals
  • 3:15 p.m. – Closing remarks

Post Date and Time Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Limitations for the Use of HIV-1 Western Blot in Plasma/Serum

CDC and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) recently published a new fact sheet, "Limitations for the Use of HIV-1 Western Blot in Plasma/Serum." This document contains evidence supporting discontinuation of the HIV-1 WB for Plasma/Serum and describes the reasoning behind its omission from the laboratory algorithm for the diagnosis of HIV (updated in June 2014).

The primary advantage of the new algorithm is the ability to identify HIV infection earlier. This is critical because the risk of HIV-1 transmission from persons with acute and early infection is much higher than that from persons with established infections. Therefore, identifying these cases as early as possible and initiating antiretroviral therapy (ART) can benefit patients and reduce HIV transmission.

The new algorithm takes advantage of the advances in HIV diagnostic testing by using a sequence of tests that concurrently detect HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies and HIV-1 p24 antigen. The algorithm also includes an HIV antibody differentiation assay as a supplemental test and HIV-1 RNA testing, as needed. This algorithm produces fewer indeterminate results and has a faster turnaround time for HIV-1 antibody positive samples compared to previous algorithms that utilized the Western blot (WB) for confirmation.

To learn more, view the fact sheet on the APHL website (PDF).

Post Date and Time Tuesday, July 28, 2015


New National HIV/AIDS Strategy to be Announced July 30

On July 30, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) will release the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020. The White House and AIDS.gov will live stream the event live from an event in Atlanta. You can read more about the upcoming update and view a video interview with Douglas Brooks, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, in this AIDS.gov blog post from June 29. You can also get live updates and join the conversation through social media with #NHAS2020 and #HIV2020.

Post Date and Time Friday, July 24, 2015


New Draft HIV Service Category Standards and Monitoring Tools

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

Draft Service Category Final Standards and Monitoring Tools have been written for the following service categories:

  1. Substance Use – Residential: Standards (PDF : 295 kb) | Monitoring Tool (PDF : 453 kb)
  2. Psychosocial Support Services: Standards (PDF : 287 kb) | Monitoring Tool (PDF : 313 kb)
  3. Outreach Services: Standards (PDF : 276 kb) | Monitoring Tool (PDF : 290 kb)
  4. Linguistic Services: Standards (PDF : 369 kb) | Monitoring Tool (PDF : 303 kb)
  5. Referral for Health Care: Standards (PDF : 292 kb) | Monitoring Tool (PDF : 297 kb)

As part of this process we are asking providers, consumers, and interested stakeholders to review and provide comments. We value your opinion and hope that you will take the time to review and give feedback. Please forward your comments via email to teena.edwards@dshs.state.tx.us. Public comment will be accepted until August 28.

Post Date and Time Friday, July 24, 2015


Advancing Health Equity in Texas through Culturally Responsive Care - Free Online Course with Continuing Education Available

The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity promotes the adoption of National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Healthcare. The CLAS standards provide a blueprint for culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Take a free online course to learn how you can adopt and implement CLAS in your own health-care setting and community. Physicians, nurses, social workers, community health workers and other professionals are eligible for 1.5 continuing education hours.

Post Date and Time Friday, July 24, 2015


Reports From 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015)

The 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) is being held July 18-22 in Vancouver, Canada. Reports from the conference can be found at the NAM (aidsmap.com) website at www.aidsmap.com/ias2015. The site also includes a sign-up to receive conference news summary bulletins by email. The bulletins will be available in English, Spanish, and other languages.

This year’s conference features important new research on:

  • Early treatment for HIV
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, including results of demonstration studies
  • Experimental approaches to an HIV cure
  • Economic incentives for HIV prevention
  • Scale up of HIV treatment to achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target
  • Treatment of HIV and hepatitis C co-infection
  • HIV prevention in key populations, including sex workers, men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs
  • New antiretroviral drugs

Post Date and Time Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Harm Reduction Training in Austin on Aug. 14

Cardea Services is offering the course Ethics of Risk and Harm Reduction on Friday, Aug. 14 in Austin. CEs will be available.

The 7-hour training seminar and client panel covers principles and strategies of harm and risk reduction related to substance abuse and sexual behavior. Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the continuum of risk related to substance use and sexual behavior.
  • Differentiate between harm reduction and risk reduction in theory and in practice.
  • Discuss legal and ethical issues related to harm reduction.
  • Apply client and community centered principles and strategies to help those at risk.
  • Participate in an interactive panel to learn how to enhance services by hearing feedback directly from clients.

To register, visit: https://tx.train.org/ and look for Course ID number 1045300. For more information call Cardea at 512-474-2166 or email lgamez@cardeaservices.org.

Post Date and Time Thursday, July 9, 2015


CLEAR Facilitator Training in Dallas Aug. 18-21

The CLEAR Training of Facilitators will take place at Abounding Prosperity in Dallas Aug. 18-21. Those interested in attending this training should apply here no later than July 24. [CDC]

This 4-day training provides counselors with the knowledge, skills and practice needed to implement CLEAR (Choosing Life! Empowerment! Action! Results!), an individual level intervention with core and optional sessions, to fully address many areas of risk behavior in the client's life. CLEAR is intended for persons age 16 and above who are either living with HIV/AIDS or have behaviors that put them at high risk for HIV infection. This intervention can be a stand-alone program or it can be incorporated into an existing Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services program as the risk reduction counseling portion. Please see details below:

For more information, contact Mary Chapman McIntosh at 512-533-3017 or mary.mcintosh@dshs.state.tx.us.

Post Date and Time Thursday, July 9, 2015


2015 Texas Viral Hepatitis Summit Takes Place Aug. 26

The 2015 Texas Viral Hepatitis Summit will take place in Austin on Wednesday, August 26 from 8am to 3:30pm at the Texas State Capitol in the Capitol Extension Auditorium (E1.004).

The Summit is an annual statewide conference that works to promote education and awareness regarding viral hepatitis B and C and to provide an interactive session for participants to develop strategies to address viral hepatitis in their respective communities.

This event is being co-sponsored by the CHI St. Luke’s Liver Outreach, the Austin/Travis County Health Department and other community based organizations, such as the Wright House, Austin Travis County Integral Care, and AIDS Services of Austin.

Speakers will include physicians who will provide hepatitis C treatment updates, information on improving access to care and treatment for hepatitis C, and strategies for preventing hepatitis C in our communities. Information on available HCV resources for testing and treatment and injecting drug user health will also be addressed.

There is no cost for individuals to attend the Summit. To register, click here. [Eventbrite]

For more information, contact Larry Cuellar at hepatitis@dshs.state.tx.us or 512-533-3124.

Post Date and Time Thursday, July 2, 2015


CDC Releases 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines

cdc-stdThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the 2015 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines [CDC] last month. These guidelines update the 2010 guidelines and include discussions on:

1)    alternative treatment regimens for Neisseria gonorrhoeae;

2)    the use of nucleic acid amplification tests for the diagnosis of trichomoniasis;

3)    alternative treatment options for genital warts;

4)    the role of Mycoplasma genitalium in urethritis/cervicitis and treatment-related implications;

5)    updated HPV vaccine recommendations and counseling messages;

6)    the management of persons who are transgender;

7)    annual testing for hepatitis C in persons with HIV infection;

8)    updated recommendations for diagnostic evaluation of urethritis; and

9)    retesting to detect repeat infection.

Physicians and other health-care providers can use these guidelines to assist in the prevention and treatment of STDs. In addition to the published guidelines, providers may access the guidelines in the formats listed below.

  • Wall Chart [CDC] – This poster-sized chart provides an overview of CDC's 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines. The wall chart is ideal for use in doctor offices, nurse’s stations, and other clinical settings. Limited quantities are now available to order through CDC-INFO on Demand Publications [CDC].
  • Pocket Guide [CDC] – A booklet that includes a summary of CDC’s 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines. The pocket guide is small, and printed at a size that can fit in a lab coat, pocket, or desk drawer. Limited quantities are now available to order through CDC-INFO on Demand Publications [CDC].
  • Apple STD Tx Guide 2015 App [CDC] – This easy-to-use mobile reference features a streamlined interface so that providers can quickly and easily access STD treatment and diagnostic information. The free app is currently available for Apple devices. An Android app is being developed and will be available later this summer.
  • Evidence Tables [CDC] – These background documents provide a basis for the STD screening, diagnostic, and treatment recommendations included in the 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines.

All of these resources can be found online at www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015 [CDC].

Additionally, CDC’s Division of STD Prevention and the National Network of STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC) hosted a webinar to provide an overview of the updates in the Guidelines and answer questions. The webinar, slides, and continuing education (CE) information are available on the DSTDP Webinars Page [CDC].

Post Date and Time Thursday, July 2, 2015


Infant Feeding and HIV Webinar on July 9

The Capacity Building Assistance program at the San Francisco Department of Public Health hosts “A Woman-Centered Approach to Infant Feeding and HIV: U.S. and Canadian Providers in Discussion (Part I of II)” on Tuesday, July 9 from 1-2:30pm CT. To register for this webinar, click here. [GoToWebinar]

Webinar panelists include:

  • Shannon Weber, Director of HIVE
  • Dr. Mona Loutfy, Associate Professor, Clinician Scientist and Infectious Diseases Specialist at Women's College Hospital and the University of Toronto
  • Dr. Deborah Cohan, Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of California, San Francisco
  • Dr. Judy Levison, Associate Professor in the Departments of Ob/Gyn and Family/Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
  • Whitney Waldron, Master's Student at the University of California, San Francisco in the HIV Adult Nurse Practitioner program
  • Wangari Tharao, Program and Research Manager at Women's Health in Women's Hands, Toronto

Panelists will address the science and data behind breastfeeding, practical discussions women living with HIV have with their providers across the United States and Canada, and resources to support women and their providers with achieving zero HIV transmissions.

Participants will:

  • Review current data on breastfeeding and HIV transmission
  • Identify reasons why a woman living with HIV might consider breastfeeding
  • Discuss a woman-centered approach to infant feeding counseling in the setting of HIV

The webinar will end with a question and answer session along with an overview of how health departments can get free assistance on building capacity in high impact HIV prevention. Participants can follow along and ask questions on Twitter using the hashtag #SFHarmReduc.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, July 1, 2015


AIDS Foundation Houston Conference Abstracts Due July 10

human-hivAIDS Foundation Houston invites prospective speakers to submit abstracts for presentations for its 2015 education conference, “The Human Side of HIV” on Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 at Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. in Houston.

The conference will consist of 20-minute paper presentations organized into panels, followed by break-out workshop sessions addressing issues highlighted in the papers. The conference’s three major themes are:

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

Abstracts must be submitted in English and be no more than 250 words in length (excluding title). Full abstract requirements are available on the conference webpage. Submissions are due July 10.

For more information, send e-mails to conference@afhouston.org or call 713-623-6796.

Post Date and Time Friday, June 26, 2015


Next Texas HIV Medication Advisory Committee Meeting Slated for July 17

The next Texas HIV Medication Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Friday, July 17 from 12 to 3 p.m. at:

Austin State Hospital (map)
Building 626 - Nifty Fifty Conference Room (campus map PDF : 552 kb)
4110 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78751

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Agenda

I. Call to Order – Philip Keiser, M.D.
II. Approval of previous meeting minutes (December 12, 2014) – Philip Keiser, M.D. and Committee
III. Update on the Division for Disease Control and Prevention Services – Janna Zumbrun/Imelda Garcia.
IV. THMP Budget Update – DSHS Staff
V. ADAP/SPAP update reports – DSHS Staff
VI. Treatment Cascade-DSHS Staff
VII. Discussion of elvitegravir (Vitekta)
VIII. Discussion of viekira pak (Abbvie)
IX. Discussion of THMP and Part B MAGI determination process
X. Discussion of THMP third-party health insurance verification
XI. Schedule next meeting – Philip Keiser, M.D.
XII. Public comments – Philip Keiser, M.D.
XIII. Adjourn – Philip Keiser, M.D.
Agenda

Post Date and Time Friday, June 26, 2015


National HIV Testing Day in Texas – 2015

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.

This annual awareness event encourages persons at risk for HIV infection to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing. You can find resources for your NHTD event on the AIDS.gov NHTD page.

 

ARLINGTON

Tarrant County Public Health in collaboration with AIDS Healthcare Foundation Fort Worth and AIDS Outreach Center, are sponsoring free HIV testing, free food, and raffle tickets for prize drawings at the Know Your Health Fair on Saturday, June 27 from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at the Arlington Clinic, 536 West Randol Mill Road in Arlington. To learn more, e-mail Rhonda Hubbard-Rockwell.

 

AUSTIN

AIDS Services of Austin will be testing at Walgreens, located at 1920 East Riverside Drive in Austin from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26 and 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. To learn more about this event, e-mail Stephanie Guerra or call her at 512-406-6416.

C.A.R.E. is hosting a pair of events in observance of National HIV Testing Day:

Friday, June 26:
C.A.R.E. is hosting a party for consumers, staff and the community at their headquarters in the East 2nd Street Clinic. 1631-E East 2nd Street in Austin from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. This will be an opportunity for people in the community to learn about C.A.R.E. services and meet staff. HIV testing will also be available at the event.

Saturday, June 27:
C.A.R.E. outreach staff will provide community HIV testing at Bout Time II, 6607 North IH 35 in Austin From 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

To learn more, e-mail Emily Johnston.

City of Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services HIV Prevention Program in collaboration with Greater than AIDS and Walgreens offer several testing events for NHTD in Austin:

Thursday, June 25:
Walgreens - Rundberg and Lamar, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., 9301 North Lamar Boulevard in Austin

Friday, June 26:
Walgreens – Capital Plaza, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., 5345 North I-35 in Austin

Saturday, June 27:
Walgreens – Capital Plaza, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 5345 North I-35 in Austin

To learn more, e-mail Katherine Cantrell, HIV Prevention Program Supervisor or call her at 512-972-5137 or e-mail Mario Solares, HIV Prevention Program Community Health Worker, or call him at 512-972-5580.

The Q Austin (Austin’s Mpowerment Project), located at 2906 Medical Arts in Austin, will have extended testing hours on Friday, June 26 from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.

 

BEAUMONT

Baptist Hospital and Beaumont Public Health Department will be partnering with Walgreens to host two testing events. The Bridge City Walgreens, 1790 Texas Avenue, and Walgreens at Baptist, 3080 College Street in Beaumont, will offer free HIV testing on:

Thursday, June 25, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, June 26, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 27, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

To learn more, e-mail Cordella Lyon.< cordella.lyon@bhset.net>

 

CORPUS CHRISTI

Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation in collaboration with House of Rock will commemorate National HIV Testing Day with a #Rock Your Status event featuring local celebrity Clarissa Serna headlining a concert. This artist and event will promote HIV testing in and around the Coastal Bend Area. The artist will start the day with a meet and greet for people who tested in the weeks leading up to the concert. The event will be held on Thursday, June 25 at House of Rock, 511 Starr Street in Corpus Christi from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Visit the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation Facebook page to learn more or call Alison Johnson at 361-814-2001.

 

DALLAS

AIDS Arms will offer rapid HIV testing at five events in Dallas:

Thursday, June 25:
Walgreens/Greater Than AIDS, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., 3802 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas
Havana’s Night Club, 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., 4006 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas

Friday, June 26:
Walgreens/Greater Than AIDS, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., 3802 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas

Saturday, June 27:
Walgreens/Greater Than AIDS, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 3802 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas

Sunday, June 28:
Station 4(S4), 11:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m., 3911 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas

To learn more, e-mail James Berglund.

AIDS Interfaith Network in collaboration with AIDS Healthcare Foundation will be providing free rapid HIV testing (Insti) at the following locations on Friday, June 26:

General Consulate of Mexico
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1210 River Bend Drive in Dallas

AIN/ Manos Unidas
2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
2707 North Stemmons Freeway, Suite 120 in Dallas

To learn more, call Francisco Gamez at 214-943-4444.

Resource Center will offer HIV and STD testing at two events in Dallas on Saturday, June 27:

National HIV Testing Day - Drop-in HIV/STD Testing
Resource Center Nelson-Tebedo Clinic
4012 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
HIV Testing Hotline 214-393-3700

National HIV Testing Day @ Rainbow Family Day - HIV/Syphilis Testing
Meet United Black Ellument and Fuse!
Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla Street in Dallas
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

To learn more, e-mail Ruben Ramirez.

 

EL PASO

Aliviane in collaboration with La Fe Clinic will offer free HIV testing, pamphlets, flyers, and promotional items at the La Fe Care Center, 1505 Mescalero Drive, in El Paso on June 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During National HIV Testing Week, Aliviane’s Infectious Disease Prevention Unit will also be offering psychoeducational groups focusing on importance of knowing HIV status, HIV transmission modes and testing. To learn more, call Zaira Flores at 915-782-4042.

City of El Paso Department of Public Health will offer free rapid confidential or anonymous HIV testing at the Tillman Health Center, 222 South Campbell in El Paso, June 23 – June 26 from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. To learn more, call Irene Ovalle at 915-212-6603.

 

FORT WORTH

Health Education Learning Project (HELP) in partnership with AIDS Healthcare Foundation will offer free HIV and Syphilis testing at Club Reflections, 604 South Jennings in Fort Worth on Saturday, June 27 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. Those who test will get a chance to win with the Prize Wheel the three winners of the #ImGladIKnow video campaign will be announced. To learn more, e-mail DeeJay Johannessen or Keith Brinkerhoff or call HELP at 817-332-7722.

The Prevention Unit at MHMR Tarrant Behavioral Health Services is holding a Testing Day event on Friday, June 26 at Butler Place Apartments in Fort Worth from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. The event will include no cost HIV testing, free Safe Risk Behavior Kits and light refreshments. To learn more, e-mail Jenny Finley.

 

PORT ARTHUR

Baptist Hospital and Beaumont Public Health Department will host free HIV, Hepatitis C, and Syphilis testing at Gilham Circle in Port Arthur on Saturday, June 27, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. To learn more, e-mail Cordella Lyon.

 

SAN ANTONIO

San Antonio AIDS Foundation is hosting “Get Tested, Get Wet” testing event and pool party on Saturday, June 27. Free HIV testing will be available at The Friendly Spot, 943 South Alamo Street, in San Antonio from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Only those who get tested will be allowed entry into the pool party at 421 Howard Street in San Antonio from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. To learn more, e-mail Alberto Barragan.

 

Post Date and Time Monday, June 22, 2015


Reminder: Let Us Know What Your Agency is Doing for National HIV Testing Day 2015

Saturday, June 27 marks 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 Dan Warr no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19. The Texas HIV/STD Insider is compiling a list of NHTD events taking place around the state for publication prior to June 27.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Ten Things You Can Do for National HIV Testing Day

CDC is helping to promote National HIV Testing Day this year with a fact sheet outlining ten ways to take action on NHTD. You can find the fact sheet on the CDC website.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, June 17, 2015


2015 STD Treatment Guidelines Overview Webinar

CDC and National Network of Prevention Training Centers will be hosting a webinar outlining the changes in the recently released 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines on June 22. Registration for the webinar has exceeded capacity but it will be recorded and posted to the CDC website by Wednesday, June 24.

The guidelines were released earlier this month and include updated testing, treatment, and diagnosis recommendations. The webinar will allow viewers to:

  • Discuss clinical significance of the STD prevention issue
  • Describe epidemiological trends related to the STD prevention issue.
  • Identify key screening, treatment, and prevention recommendations for management of the STD prevention issue.
  • Promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention in cooperation with patients, communities, at-risk populations, and other members of an interprofessional team of health care providers.

To learn more, visit the CDC website.

Post Date and Time Wednesday, June 17, 2015


What is Your Agency Doing for National HIV Testing Day 2015?

Saturday, June 27 marks 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 Dan Warr no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19. 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. You can find resources for your NHTD event on the AIDS.gov NHTD page.

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

Post Date and Time Thursday, June 11, 2015


Texas Medicaid Providers Must Re-Enroll

Are you a provider that enrolled in Texas Medicaid before January 1, 2013? If you are, you must re-enroll by March 24, 2016 to maintain credentialing with your Medicaid managed care network. To be considered fully re-enrolled, you will need to do two things:

  1. submit a completed re-enrollment application and
  2. receive a notification from the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) that your application has been approved.

This requirement applies to those providing services through any of the following:

  • Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs)
  • Dental managed care organizations (DMOs)
  • Traditional fee-for-service Medicaid

To allow sufficient time for re-enrollment application processing, agencies are encouraged to start working their application immediately.

For additional information, please visit the TMHP Provider Re-enrollment page. For help re-enrolling, contact a TMHP provider enrollment representative at 1-800-925-9126, Option 2, or attend one of the town hall meetings.

Post Date and Time Thursday, June 11, 2015


HIV and Transgender Health Series

Two upcoming training opportunities from the San Francisco Department of Public Health:

Building Capacity for Trans Health Services: Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovations in System Integrations
June 18 starting at 1:00 p.m. CT
Incorporating a transgender health lens into HIV prevention is crucial because of the disproportionate impact of HIV amongst the trans population. Similarly, incorporating a trans lens into the broader healthcare landscape is equally important to allow the transgender population equal access to and benefits of competent healthcare. However, defining a process for incorporating a trans health lens into general operations can be challenging, especially when health departments face funding and resource constraints.

Learn more and register.

1-on-1 Q&A on Trans Health Services
June 25 starting at 12:00 noon CT
Are you looking to incorporate a trans health lens into your service delivery model? Do you have questions about who should be involved in the trans health integration process? Sign up for a slot to talk with Jenna Rapues and Dr. Seth Pardo, who worked on developing the Transgender Health Services program at San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Learn more and register for a time slot

Post Date and Time Thursday, June 11, 2015


CDC Releases 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines

Yesterday, CDC released the 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines incorporating the latest findings in STD prevention, diagnostic and treatment research. The guidelines were updated after consultation with a group of professionals knowledgeable in the field of STDs. The information updates the 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines. The updated guidelines discuss:

  1. alternative treatment regimens for Neisseria gonorrhoeae;
  2. the use of nucleic acid amplification tests for the diagnosis of trichomoniasis;
  3. alternative treatment options for genital warts;
  4. the role of Mycoplasma genitalium in urethritis/cervicitis and treatment-related implications;
  5. updated HPV vaccine recommendations and counseling messages;
  6. the management of persons who are transgender;
  7. annual testing for hepatitis C in persons with HIV infection;
  8. updated recommendations for diagnostic evaluation of urethritis; and
  9. retesting to detect repeat infection.

To view the guidelines and learn more, visit the 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines page on the CDC website. The site includes handy wall chart and pocket guides with quick reference information.

Post Date and Time Friday, June 5, 2015


Free Materials and Resources Available for National HIV Testing Day June 27

In preparation for the 20th annual National HIV Testing Day on June 27, CDC’s Act Against AIDS initiative has free materials and resources to support HIV awareness and testing efforts. At your request, CDC will mail relevant campaign materials in support of your efforts to encourage HIV testing, increase linkage to and retention in care and reduce HIV transmission. Available materials include.

  • Let’s Stop HIV Together— Combating Stigma and Increasing Awareness about the Impact of HIV
    Let’s Stop HIV Together raises awareness about HIV and its impact on the lives of all Americans, and fights stigma by showing that persons with HIV are real people—mothers, fathers, friends, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, partners, wives, husbands, and co-workers. The campaign gives a voice to the more than one million people living with HIV and their loved ones and calls on all Americans to join the fight against the disease.
  • Testing Makes Us Stronger —Increasing HIV Testing Among Black Gay and Bisexual Men
    Testing Makes Us Stronger is a public awareness and education campaign, designed by black gay men for black gay men, addressing the urgent need to reduce HIV infections in this population. The campaign encourages HIV testing among black gay and bisexual men by using positive, empowering messages that emphasize HIV testing as a source of strength.
  • Take Charge. Take the Test. —Increasing HIV Testing Among Black Women
    Take Charge. Take the Test aims to increase HIV testing and awareness among black women by emphasizing the importance of testing as a gateway to peace of mind and better health. Black women are far more affected by HIV than women of other races. In 2010, the rate of new HIV infections among black women was nearly 20 times higher than that of white women. In 2010, HIV was among the top 10 leading causes of death for black/African American women aged 15 to 64.
  • Reasons/Razones —Increasing HIV Testing Among Latino Gay and Bisexual Men
    Reasons/Razones is a national bilingual campaign that aims to encourage HIV testing among Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men, who are among those hardest hit by HIV in the United States. Reasons/Razones asks gay and bisexual Latinos “What’s your reason?/¿Cuál es tu razón?” for getting an HIV test through a series of campaign materials that feature men sharing their reasons for getting tested for HIV. (Available in both Spanish and English)

If you would like any of these materials to be mailed to your organization for National HIV Testing Day, please email your request to the Act Against AIDS team at ActAgainstAIDS@CDC.gov. In order to insure that your organization receives the materials prior to the awareness day, e-mail your request for materials by Friday, June 12. Please include the following information in your email: which campaign(s), type of material (poster or palm card), the quantity of each item, your organization name, email, and mailing address.

In addition to campaign resources, the CDC has a text messaging service that helps individuals find fast, free and confidential HIV testing services in their area. Mobile users simply text their zip code to KNOWIT (566948) to get the name, address and phone number of the nearest testing center. There is also an online testing service locator on the Act Against AIDS website. If your organization would like to implement an HIV testing center locator widget on your website, please visit the CDC website.

For more information on these Act Against AIDS campaigns and many others, please check out the CDC website.

Post Date and Time Friday, June 5, 2015


DSHS TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit Seeks Public Comment on Complaints Policy

The DSHS TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit has posted a draft policy for review and comment. The policy is THSVH 020.050, "Public Complaints Related to the Delivery of Unit Programs." Public comment will be accepted through June 30 and can be e-mailed to Juanita Salinas or mailed to:

TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit
Texas Department of State Health Services
Post Office Box 149347, MC 7909
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Post Date and Time Tuesday, June 2, 2015


GetTested.cdc.gov Webinar Training

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is observed annually on June 27 and this year’s theme is Take the Test. Take Control. CDC’s National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) would like to increase awareness about the new GetTested.CDC.gov – formerly known as HIVTest.org and FindSTDTest.org.

NPIN will host a GetTested.CDC.gov training webinar on June 9 at 12:00 pm CDT. The training will highlight and address the newly redesigned site and features to support and enhance prevention efforts and NHTD activities. Visit the webinar site to learn more and to register.

Visit the NPIN website to learn more about NHTD.

Post Date and Time Tuesday, June 2, 2015


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Texas HIV/STD Job Postings

August 28, 2015

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Non-Medical Case Manager in Access Services
  • Mpowerment Events Specialist at The Q

Learn more [ASA]

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

Dallas - Parkland Hospital/Supplemental Health Care seeks Physician Assistant II/ Nurse Practitioner II - HIV Transitional Care/Consult Service. Learn more [Supplemental Health Care]

Fort Worth - AIDS Outreach Center seeks

  • Director of Development
  • Dental Clinic Manager
  • Case Manager
  • Part Time Nutrition Counselor
  • Counselor, LCSW

Learn more [AOC]

Houston - Houston Area Community Services seeks Family Medicine Physician. Learn more [HACS]

Tyler - DSHS Public Health Region 4/5 North seeks STD Team Lead. Learn more

 

August 20, 2015

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Eligibility and Intake Specialist
  • Prevention Testing Specialist (two openings)
  • Testing Programs Manager

Learn more [ASA]

Atlanta, Georgia - CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention seeks Prevention Program Branch Chief. Learn more [CDC]

 

August 13, 2015

San Antonio - Alamo Area Resource Center seeks Prevention Specialists (two positions). Contact Pedro M. Lora to learn more or to submit your resume

 

August 11, 2015

San Antonio - Alamo Area Resource Center seeks Social Worker/Case Manager. Contact Dawn Cook to learn more or to submit your resume

 

August 3, 2015

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Communications Coordinator
  • Food & Nutrition Services Manager
  • Housing Case Manager
  • HRP Coordinator/Linkage Specialist
  • Patient Navigator (2)

Learn more [ASA]

 

July 31, 2015

El Paso - South Plains Community Action Project CHAMPS seeks:

  • Case Manager
  • Medical Case Manager

Learn more [SPCAA]

Victoria - Victoria County Public Health Department seeks Epidemiologist. Learn more [Victoria County]

 

July 24, 2015

Austin - DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch seeks HIV/STD Program Evaluation Group Manager. Learn more

 

July 21, 2015

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • BSS+ Case Manager
  • Non-Medical Case Manager
  • Data Entry Clerk

Learn more [ASA]

Houston - CHI St. Luke's Health seeks Outreach Service Coordinator. Learn more [CHI St. Luke's Health]

Tyler - DSHS Health Service Region 4/5 North seeks Program Specialist II – STD Team Lead. Learn more

 

July 1, 2015

Arlington - DSHS HSR 2/3 seeks a Disease Intervention Specialist. Learn more [DSHS]

Austin – AIDS Services of Austin seeks HRP Coordinator/Linkage Specialist. Learn more [ASA]

Dallas – Dallas County Health and Human Services seeks STD Operations Manager and DIS IV. Learn more [DCHHS]

 

June 26, 2015

Dallas – AIDS Arms seeks Medical Biller/Coder. Learn more [AIDS Arms]

 

June 22, 2015

Austin - DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch seeks Research Specialist V. Learn more

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Executive Assistant
  • Tier Two Patient Navigator

Learn more [ASA]

Tampa, Florida - Florida Prevention Research Center seeks Director. Learn more [USF]

 

June 17, 2015

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

Austin - AIDS Services of Austin seeks:

  • Healthy Relationships Program (HRP) Lead Facilitator/Testing Specialist
  • HRP Peer Facilitator (two part-time positions)

Learn more [ASA]

Dallas - AIDS Arms seeks Data Collection/Management Specialist. Learn more [AIDS Arms]

Galveston - Gulf Coast Center seeks HIV Outreach Specialist. To learn more or to apply, e-mail James Krebs.

 

June 5, 2015

Austin - Project Transitions seeks Doug's House Hospice Program Coordinator. Learn more [Project Transitions]

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