• DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: 737-255-4300

    Email the HIV/STD Program

    Email 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.

Public Health Follow-Up Training

Public Health Follow-UpPublic Health Follow-Up Training Required for DSHS and Provider Staff

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

STD 101: What You Need to Know [TRAIN Texas] - 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. STD 101 must be completed within six months of employment.

Venipuncture Training - Sites will offer training in venipuncture for all staff offering blood draws for the purposes of specimen collection for HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis C testing. Training is not offered by DSHS, but can be supported through grant funding. Many community colleges and hospital districts offer inexpensive options for training. In addition to training, the staff must operate under the standing delegation order of their program and maintain their skillset according the POPS. Venipuncture training is required within 60 days of employment.

Foundations of Testing and Navigation (Foundations) - Required standard within first year of employment for all new DIS and encouraged for DIS who have not previously attended. 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, DIS will have the skills needed to conduct a status neutral HIV prevention session with increased awareness of stigmatizing language/behaviors and unconscious bias. The role of the DIS requires knowing what services are available for clients. This training facilitates the networking of resource contacts within a jurisdiction and allows the DIS to explain their role in disease intervention and management.

Passport to Partner Services [CDC] - Training tied to your Partner Services job function. Passport provides training for disease intervention specialists (DIS) and other partner services providers including medical providers. Passport to Partner Services must be completed within six months of employment. How to create a CDC TRAIN Account (PDF : 961 kB).

Fundamentals of STD Intervention (FSTDI) - Designed for new Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) in Texas as well as supervisors and managers. FSTDI must be completed within six months of employment.

Advanced STD Intervention - in development

Rapid Response - in development

Texas First Line Supervisor (FLS) - in development

TB, HIV, STD Integrated System - Learn about THISIS, an electronic disease surveillance system that provides interactive, automated information gathering and decision support processes for the reporting and management of TB, HIV, and all reportable STDs. THISIS training must be completed within six months of employment.

THISIS Training Videos - These videos serve as resources to help users become more familiar with THISIS and gain skills that will improve their experience using the system. THISIS training videos must be viewed within six months of employment.

Motivational Interviewing (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. MI must be completed within first year of employment.


Congenital Syphilis in Texas - STD cases and rates by Public Health Region.

Health Advisory - Congenital Syphilis - DSHS issued a health advisory on October 3, 2019 in response to an ongoing increase in syphilis cases among women of childbearing age.

DIS STD Picture Card Set [CDC] - Printable cards illustrating symptoms of STDs.

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.

HIV and Texas Law

  • General and Informed Consent - Texas Health and Safety Code §81.105 & §81.106 [Texas Legislature]
  • HIV and Texas Law Fact Sheet (PDF : 629 kB) In Texas, HIV is a reportable disease (Texas Health and Safety Code Section 81.041) and there are several laws regulating aspects of HIV testing and subsequent reporting
  • HIV Criminality – Texas Analysis (PDF) [The Center for HIV Law and Policy] - No criminal statutes explicitly addressing HIV exposure exist in Texas, but prosecutions have arisen under general criminal laws.

Management and Prevention of Syphilis [NYC Department of Health] - Produced by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Sexually Transmitted Infections and the New York City STD Prevention Training Center.

    Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) - Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a pill taken daily to prevent HIV. Daily PrEP use reduces the risk of getting HIV through sex by about 99%. Daily PrEP use also reduces the risk of getting HIV through injection drug use by more than 70%.

    Public Health Follow-Up Training Requirements (PDF : 94 kB) - Detailed listing of Training Requirements for each Public Health Follow-Up position.

    Resources for STD Prevention Contractors

    Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2018 [CDC]

    Testing and Treatment Guidelines - CDC standards for the treatment of HIV and STDs.

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    Last updated September 11, 2020