In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Revised Recommendations for HIV Screening of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Healthcare Settings. The recommendations called for HIV screening for patients aged 13 to 64 years in all healthcare settings. The recommendations intended to address the persistently high estimates of undiagnosed or late diagnosed HIV infection.
The Test Texas HIV Coalition was formed in September 2008.
The mission: To identify and create a statewide comprehensive network of HIV experts and stakeholders to promote HIV screening in healthcare settings throughout the state.
The purpose: To bring stakeholders together to build capacity of providers to implement the recommendations and provide increased access to resources and technical assistance to help providers make the 2006 CDC recommendations a standard of care.
This website was designed to assist healthcare providers like you. You will find information about the evidence base associated with routine HIV screening, training resources, curricula and links to agencies in Texas that can help you and your organization as you begin to make HIV screening a routine part of health care.
We strive to support a coalition that is as vibrant and diverse as Texas and have invited healthcare professionals from a variety of perspectives to join us. Please consider joining in this effort. Use the resources available to you on the site. Share the resources with your colleagues. Support the expansion of routine HIV screening in your organization. Support routine HIV screening in your field of medicine by talking about it and sharing this website.
Need more information? Email TestTexas@dshs.texas.gov or call the Texas Department of State Health Services, HIV/STD Prevention and Care Services Branch at 512.533.3000.