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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

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    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.

Online Training Opportunities

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Texas Department of State Health Services

Online courses offered through DSHS.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Viral Hepatitis Serology: A course comprised of six animated tutorials with voiceovers and eight case studies regarding Hepatitis A-E serology.


Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Unified Health Communication: Addressing Health Literacy, Cultural Competency, and Limited English Proficiency is a free online learning experience designed to help health professionals improve their patient-communication skills, increase their awareness and knowledge of factors that affect their communication with patients, and implement patient-centered communication practices. The course, developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration, comprises five modules and is estimated to take a total of 5 hours to complete. The course may be completed at the user's own pace and may be taken for credit (CEU/CE, CHES, CME, and CNE) or not for credit.


The Academic Edge

Just Ask! Communicating Confidently about STDs, HIV, and Sexual Activity: The American Journal of Preventative Medicine reports that only 28% of patients are asked about STDs in routine medical checkups. Furthermore, health care professionals aren’t reinforcing behaviors that prevent the acquisition and transmission of HIV and STDs. That’s why the Center for Disease Control recommends that all health care professionals discuss with their patients topics related to the patient’s sexual activity. The aim of this online course is to present the best practices and methods that will enable health care professionals to confidently interact with patients during the assessment, screening, treatment, and prevention of HIV and STDs. Just Ask! is a free, self-paced, online training course for health care providers.


Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, HealthMattersCME, and Gilead

Together We Can: Improving HIV Testing, Treatment, and Adherence in Black and Hispanic Communities: An audio slide show that provides information for health care providers who care for patients with HIV on the epidemiology of HIV in Black and Hispanic communities; the disparities in testing and access to care; ways to overcome barriers to testing and care in these communities; and ways to increase adherence. Continuing education credits are available.


Illinois Public Health Preparedness Center

On-line training courses focusing on public health.


National Network of Prevention Training Centers

Examination of Vaginal Wet Preps (Video): Developed by the Seattle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, this video for healthcare professionals provides basic instruction on preparing and examining vaginal wet preps. Filmed on location at laboratories and clinics at the University of Washington, the video presents remarkable through-the-microscope footage of trichomonads, yeast, and clue cells associated with BV, allowing the viewer to quickly learn essential differentiation skills. Examination of Vaginal Wet Preps is designed for use both as an introductory teaching tool and as a library resource for refreshing skills. The straight-forward approach, clear visuals, and comprehensive coverage of determining the presence of infection make it an essential resource for all STD labs.

Target audience: Healthcare personnel who perform and interpret tests for vaginal infections.


Last updated January 23, 2015