• 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.

Successful Linkage

The purpose of these “conversation starters” are to help support linkage systems that are client-centered and responsive to circumstances and needs.

The “conversation starters” are one-page documents, similar to flyers, meant to stimulate conversation and introspection among staff working in the field of HIV. Staff will be encouraged to post the conversation starters throughout the office (in the break room, in the elevator, etc.) and pass them along to colleagues for consideration and conversation. The conversation starters are based on recommendations from staff in the field, in Texas and beyond, taken from interviews conducted by the UT Austin Health Innovation & Evaluation Team for the Successful Linkage priority group.

The five conversation starters address the following linkage-related topics:

  1. The power of leaving the office and getting out into the community
  2. Using newer technologies to communicate with clients
  3. Making linkage to care the easy choice for clients
  4. Increasing clients’ comfort with receiving HIV services
  5. How simple actions can lead to powerful changes


Make linkage the easy choice (PDF)

Increase comfort by ensuring confidentiality (PDF)

Positive impact (PDF)

Power of leaving the office (PDF)

Technology is your friend (PDF)


Program Improvement Resources

Last updated May 24, 2021