• 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.

HIV in Women


March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day [womenshealth.gov], a day to bring attention to how HIV affects the health and well-being of women and girls in the U.S.

  • A woman in Texas acquires HIV every 12 hours.
  • Women and girls were 1 in 6 Texans who acquired HIV in 2019.
  • There are 20,480 women and girls in Texas who were living with diagnosed HIV in 2019, and there were an estimated 2,260 more who were living with undiagnosed HIV.

Achieving Together [Achieving Together], the community’s plan to end the HIV epidemic in Texas, aims for 90% of all people living with HIV to have a diagnosis, for 90% of those diagnosed to be retained in treatment, and for 90% of those retained to have a suppressed viral load.

Progress Toward 90-90-90 Targets for Texas Women

For every 100 women in Texas with HIV: 90 know their status. For every 100 women in Texas with diagnosed HIV: 71 were retained in care. For every 100 women in Texas retained in care: 85 were virally suppressed.

These numbers are promising, but there is still more work to be done. Black women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV, with diagnosis rates 11 times higher than the rate in White women. Creating equitable access and outcomes requires coordinated efforts to eliminate stigma and to address the social forces such as poverty and housing insecurity that increase women’s vulnerability to HIV.

From 2010 to 2019, HIV diagnoses decreased 23% among women in Texas overall. But trends varied for different groups of women. Women overall: down 23%, Black/African American: down 28%, Hispanic/Latina: down 15%, White: remained stable. Women by age: 15-24: down 34%, 25-34: down 28%, 35-44: down 28%, 45+: down 11%.

Join us in taking action to help all women gain the knowledge and tools they need to protect themselves and their partners. We encourage you to use the graphics below on women and girls and HIV in Texas to increase awareness and action to end HIV in Texas.

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Women and Girls were 1 in 6 Texans Diagnosed with HIV in 2019 Women and Girls were 1 in 6 Texans diagnosed with HIV in 2019
Women and Girls were 1 in 5 Texans Living With HIV in 2019 Women and Girls were 1 in 5 Texans living with diagnosed HIV in 2019
5 of 6 Women Diagnosed With HIV in Texas Acquired HIV Through Sex With a Man 4 of 5 women diagnosed with HIV in Texas acquired HIV through sex with a man
Black Women have HIV diagnosis rates 11 times higher than White Women Black Women have HIV diagnosis rates 11 times higher than White Women
From 2010 to 2019, HIV diagnoses decreased 23% among women in Texas overall. But trends varied for different groups of women. Women overall: down 23%, Black/African American: down 28%, Hispanic/Latina: down 15%, White: remained stable. Women by age: 15-24: down 34%, 25-34: down 28%, 35-44: down 28%, 45+: down 11%. From 2010 to 2019, HIV diagnoses decreased 23% among women in Texas overall. But trends varied for different groups of women
At the end of 2019 an estimated 22,700 women in Texas had HIV. 9 in 10 knew they had HIV. At the end of 2019 an estimated 22,700 women in Texas had HIV. 9 in 10 knew they had HIV.



Last updated March 8, 2021