• DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: 737-255-4300

    Email the HIV/STD Program

    Email HIV, STD, Hepatitis C, and TB data requests to the Program - This email can be used to request data and statistics on HIV, STDs, Hepatitis C, and TB 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, please contact your local HIV services organization.

HIV Prevention Training

HIV PreventionHIV Prevention Training Required for DSHS Prevention and Provider Staff

CORE TRAINING - The list of required training for the HIV/STD workforce to be completed within the first year of employment.

DSHS HIPAA and State Privacy Training (only for DSHS employees, interns, volunteers, and contractors working on site at DSHS facilities) - This course is required within six months of employment. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 is a federal law that protects the privacy of a client's individual identifiable health information. This course must be taken by DSHS workforce members including DSHS employees, interns, volunteers, and contractors working on site at DSHS facilities.

HIPAA Privacy Training for Contractors and Volunteers - This course is required within six months of employment. This is a self-study course required for contractors and volunteers of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission who are not on site at a DSHS facility. This course will give you basic information about the federal HIPAA rules that protect the privacy of an individual's health information.

Foundations of Testing and Navigation (FTN) - The required standard within three months of employment for all new HIV Prevention contractors. All employees who have completed PBC or FCT training are also required to complete this training. Foundations is based on the CDC's guidelines for Implementing HIV Testing in Non-Clinical Settings and focuses on status neutral HIV navigation. Upon completion of the course, the Prevention Specialist will have the skills needed to conduct a status neutral HIV prevention session with increased awareness of stigmatizing language/behaviors and unconscious bias.

**Note from Prevention Program 
In light of the training cancellations due to the Corona Virus, some programs have new staff who have never received the 3-day FTN classroom training. Individuals who are not trained should complete online pre-requisite training for FTN.  In addition, new staff can observe experienced staff and be observed performing testing, according to the POPS-1.9 Quality Assurance Requirements for HIV Testing. Keep in mind, that these observations and role plays can occur via Skype, Facetime, Zoom, or other platforms. Please assure that supervisors are reviewing the new staff’s charting, as well. This guidance can also be found in POPS-1.9

Pre-requisites for Foundations (TRAIN):

Completion of the Foundations of Testing and Navigation Training Plan [Texas TRAIN].

  • STD 101: What You Need to Know
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Gender and Sexuality Review
  • Decreasing Stigma by Using Sexual Health Language
  • People First Language
  • Status Neutral Navigation
  • Combination Prevention: Healthy Options to Promote Sexual Health and Prevent HIV

Hepatitis C (HCV) Training - Successful completion of training required within one year of employment for providers offering HCV testing. 

STD 101: What You Need to Know [TRAIN Texas] - Required within one year of employment for those unfamiliar with STDs. Sexually transmitted diseases are very common in the United States, yet many staff new to healthcare do not have a good understanding about the different causes and treatments. This interactive, easy to understand course offers an overview on the most common STDs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, syphilis, herpes, HPV, and HIV.

Recommended Training

Funded Activity Training (ARTAS, CLEAR, etc.) - 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.).

Motivational Interviewing (MI) - Highly recommended within first year of employment. if MI training never completed in the past, (college or other classroom training). Classroom training preferred. MI is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes.


DSHS Program Operating Procedures and Standards - Standards 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. 

Forms and Requirements for Prevention Data Collection and Submission

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Last updated July 14, 2020