• 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.

HIV and STD Training

What type of HIV/STD training opportunities are available to build capacity to deliver HIV prevention services?

A variety of face-to-face and online courses are available for professionals involved in HIV/STD prevention and intervention in Texas.

When and where are these courses being taught?

The most popular courses are taught regularly throughout the state. Go to the training calendar for a listing of the upcoming courses.

What courses are required for DSHS contractors funded to conduct individual, group and/or community level interventions? (Effective 4/1/2019)

For staff new to one or more of the below interventions, the following are required trainings:

Individual Level Interventions:

Testing and Navigation:

  • Requires successful completion of FTN (3 day training) within three months of employment.* Prevention Specialists can provide HIV testing services with clients prior to completing FTN, but it is required that they must attend the first FTN training offered after their start date at the agency. It is best practice for a new Prevention Specialist to attend FTN prior to providing HIV testing services with clients. If it is not possible to meet this requirement, please contact your DSHS Prevention Consultant.
  • Requires completion of STD 101: What You Need to Know (online) and the following brief on-line modules available on TRAIN Texas prior to taking FTN: Social Determinants of Health; Gender and Sexuality Review; Decreasing Stigma by Using Sexual Health Language; People First Language; Status Neutral Navigation (when available).
  • May also benefit from attending a Community Identification/Assessment course to assist with locating the target population(s).

* Staff formerly trained with FCT and/or PBC are highly encouraged to attend FTN because much of the information about status neutral navigation, combination prevention, stigma and unconscious bias may be unfamiliar. If not already completed, FTN requires the following pre-requisite modules: Social Determinants of Health [TRAIN Texas]; Gender and Sexuality Review [TRAIN Texas]; Decreasing Stigma by Using Sexual Health Language [TRAIN Texas]; People First Language [TRAIN Texas]; and Status Neutral Navigation (when available). 

Testing and Navigation Supervisors and persons assigned to do Testing and Navigation Quality Assurance (QA) (in addition to the above):

Supervisors formerly trained with FCT and/or PBC are highly encouraged to attend FTN because much of the information about status neutral navigation, combination prevention, stigma and unconscious bias may be unfamiliar. If not already completed, FTN requires the following pre-requisite modules: Social Determinants of Health [TRAIN Texas]; Gender and Sexuality Review [TRAIN Texas]; Decreasing Stigma by Using Sexual Health Language [TRAIN Texas]; People First Language [TRAIN Texas]; and Status Neutral Navigation (when available). 

  • Supervisors will need to complete Quality Assurance for Counseling and Testing Supervisor training (online training) after completion of the FTN training, and within three months of taking the supervisory/QA position. This course for supervisors refers to implementing FCT, the course that has since been replaced by FTN. Until the course is updated, QA staff will benefit from reviewing this course that also explores performing staff observations, giving feedback and conducting chart reviews. In addition to taking this online training, supervisors and those assigned to do QA need to be very familiar with FTN as well as the changing priorities identified in Achieving Together.

Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS):

  • Requires successful completion of FTN (3 day training) within three months of employment.
  • Requires completion of STD 101: What You Need to Know.
  • Requires successful completion of Conducting CRCS training (3 ½ day training) within six months of employment.
  • Supervisors and CRCS staff may benefit from Outcome Monitoring technical assistance from DSHS within one year of employment, if needed. Contact your DSHS Prevention Consultant.
  • If it is not possible to meet these requirements, please contact your DSHS Prevention Consultant.
  • May benefit from attending a Community Identification/Assessment course to assist with locating the target population(s).

Group Level Interventions (GLI):

  • Requires completion of STD 101: What You Need to Know (online) within three months of employment.
  • Strongly recommend successful completion of training on the specific intervention (number of days will vary) within one year of employment. There are interventions that do not have training regularly scheduled in Texas for the specific intervention. Contact the Capacity Building Consultant for assistance. Contact your Prevention Consultant for special considerations (i.e., out-of-state trainings, part-time staff or volunteers, etc.).
  • Key GLI staff and supervisors may benefit from Outcome Monitoring technical assistance from DSHS within one year of employment, if needed. Contact your Prevention Consultant.
  • May benefit from attending a Community Identification/Assessment course to assist with locating the target population(s).

Community Level Interventions (CLI):

  • Requires completion of STD 101: What You Need to Know (online) within three months of employment.
  • Strongly recommend successful completion of training on the specific intervention (number of days will vary). There are interventions that do not have training regularly scheduled in Texas for the specific intervention. Contact the Capacity Building Consultant for assistance. Contact your Prevention Consultant for special considerations (i.e., out-of-state trainings, part-time staff or volunteers, etc.).
  • Key CLI staff and supervisors may benefit from Outcome Monitoring technical assistance from DSHS within one year of employment, if needed. Contact your Prevention Consultant.
  • May benefit from attending a Community Identification/Assessment course to assist with locating the target population(s).

For all contractors:

  • Successful completion of the HIV Navigation in Texas Learning Series is required within the first year of employment. This includes pre-requisites, learning modules and the face to face Learning Session.
  • STD 101: What You Need to Know (online) required of all contractors within three months of employment.
  • A Cultural Competency Training is strongly recommended of all contactors within six months of employment.

What are DSHS HIV and STD Program Operating Procedures and Standards?

DSHS Program Operating Procedures and Standards are guidelines for the delivery of consistent quality services regarding HIV, sexually transmitted infection (STI), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) focused testing, counseling, and linkage to medical care. These guidelines are in accordance with the HIV National Strategy to reduce HIV transmission, identify persons living with undiagnosed HIV, enhance timely navigation to medical care, and reduce health disparities. These guidelines are written to assist HIV prevention specialists, outreach workers, Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS), and others who provide testing for HIV.

    National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers - STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, Part III-Partner Services (Texas PTC III)

    trainingThe National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers (PTCs) is a CDC-funded group of regional centers created in partnership with health departments and universities. The PTCs are dedicated to increasing the knowledge and skills of health professionals in the areas of sexual and reproductive health. The National Network provides health professionals with a spectrum of state-of-the-art educational opportunities, including experiential learning with an emphasis on prevention.

    Within the National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers eight centers provide STD Clinical Training [NNPTC], four centers provide Behavioral Intervention Training [NNPTC], and three centers provide Partner Services and Program Support Training [NNPTC].

    The trainings currently conducted by the Texas PTC III include: Introduction to STD Intervention (ISTDI), Fundamentals of STD Intervention, HIV Partner Counseling and Referral Services (PCRS), and customized courses based on a needs assessment. These courses are available in all thirteen states. There are additional courses offered only in Texas at this time. Those include: STD Facts and Fallacies and Safety One.

    To register for a Texas PTC III course, contact Carolyn Washington by e-mail or by calling (214) 819-1993.

    What is Capacity Building Assistance (CBA)?

    Capacity Building refers to a process to increase the skills, infrastructure, and resources of individuals, organizations and communities. Capacity Building Assistance or “CBA” is a key CDC strategy for the promotion, delivery and sustainability of HIV prevention programs. As a result of capacity building on HIV prevention programs, the programs will (1) operate optimally and (2) increase their capacity to effectively deliver evidence-based interventions and core public health strategies for HIV prevention.

    Capacity Building Assistance provision is free (not for fee) and is made available through a variety of methods including; training, technical assistance (TA), and technology transfer to individuals, organizations and communities. CBA is provided directly to communities, community–based organizations and health departments.

    To find more information about CBA available go to the CDC CBA directory [CDC] or contact the Capacity Building Consultant.

    Organizations indirectly funded by CDC, not funded by CDC, and community planning groups (CPGs) that provide HIV prevention services can ask the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to submit a CBA request on their behalf. To make a CBA request, contact:

    Mary Chapman McIntosh, M.Ed.
    Capacity Building Consultant
    mary.mcintosh@dshs.texas.gov
    (512) 533-3017

    What if my training needs are not met by any of the courses or other options described on this webpage?

    You can contact a training specialist to discuss your training need. He or she will assist you with completing a training needs assessment and developing a plan to meet an identified training need.

    Training Specialists
    Mary McIntosh (512) 533-3017 Capacity Building Consultant - HIV Prevention
    Desty Muturi (512) 533-3076 Care Services Trainer



    Last updated April 29, 2019