The Test Texas HIV Coalition is dedicated to encouraging the implementation of routine opt-out HIV testing in medical settings.
“Knowledge is power. Learning one's positive serostatus is the first step for newly diagnosed HIV patients to get linked to care and treated early in the disease process with the potential to have a nearly normal lifespan.”
— C. Everett Koop, Former Surgeon General of the United States
- Routine HIV Testing Guidance from the American College of Physicians
- Implementing Routine HIV Testing in Health Care Settings
NEW COURSE designed to assist health care providers in the implementation of routine HIV testing. The course contains information on testing technology, consent for testing, delivery and reporting of positive results.
- HIV Screening for Women to be Covered in the Affordable Care Act
On August 1, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that health insurance plans will be required to cover a variety of women's sexual health services, including HIV screening and counseling, STI counseling, and immunizations to prevent the transmission of HIV and other STIs. Read this fact sheet to learn more about what preventative services are covered.
- Estimated HIV Incidence in the United States, 2006-2009
During the week of August 1, 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its estimates of HIV incidence in the US for the years 2006-2009. While the overall burden of disease remained stable during this period, HIV continues to disproportionately affect several populations in the United States, especially MSM and racial and ethnic minorities.
- The TX/OK AIDS Education & Training Center announces the Women & HIV On-Line Self Study Modules
The Women & HIV On-Line Self Study Modules contains four online modules presented by experts in the field of treating women infected with HIV. It will feature an interactive web-based approach to learning. The modules are targeted for novice level clinicians in HIV care, including Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Social Workers and other health care professionals. Medical and Social Work CE's are available.
- Webcasts from the 2010 National Summit on HIV Diagnosis, Prevention and Access to Care are now available online (here).
- From the Texas Department of State Health Services regarding reporting rapid HIV test results (link to PDF)
- Texas Department of State Health Services Announces Changes to HIV/STD Reporting Requirements for 2010 (PDF 15KB)
- Overview of the FDA's Blood Products Advisory Committee (BPAC) discussion regarding over-the-counter (OTC) home-use HIV test kits. (link to PDF)
- U.S. Medicare to pay for HIV testing (open popup window)
- Changes in the Texas law for HIV testing pregnant women and infants (PDF 164KB)
- Veterans to Routinely Be Offered HIV Tests (PDF 8KB)