Houston Health Department

HIV/STD, viral hepatitis prevention

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Hotline number: 832-393-5010


To work in partnership with the community to assess, plan, and implement effective public health strategies to reduce the spread of HIV, viral Hepatitis and other sexually transmitted diseases in the City of Houston.


The elimination of HIV, viral Hepatitis and sexually transmitted diseases through the adoption of health promoting behaviors among the residents of Houston.

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Essential Functions

  • Maximize opportunities to screen for multiple communicable diseases whenever possible.
  • Monitor HIV, Hepatitis and STD morbidity data to identify population and geographic needs and interventions.
  • Investigate newly reported cases of HIV, and sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Inform, educate, and empower communities about HIV, viral Hepatitis and STD health issues,
    Mobilize partnerships with key community stakeholders to identify and prevent the spread of HIV, viral Hepatitis and sexually transmitted disease.
  • Develop HIV, viral Hepatitis and STD prevention policies and plans that support individual and citywide health efforts.
  • Enforce city, state, and federal laws and regulations regarding HIV and STDs that protect health and ensure safety.
  • Link individuals to needed HIV, viral Hepatitis and STD prevention, intervention, and treatment services.
  • Assure competent public and personal care workforce.
  • Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
  • Research new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.
  • Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
  • Research new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.

Epidemiologic Profile Reports

HIV/AIDS Surveillance Reports




Event Participation Information

If your agency or organization is planning an upcoming, community-based event, HDHHS may be able assist with your event. Let us know about your event by completing and submitting the Event Participation Form.

To prevent delays in this process, please provide detailed information about your event. Any community event that requests HDHHS support and its resources must adhere to the following:

Written request must be submitted thirty days prior to the event helps to better ensure HDHHS support. Request form should be filled out with as much information as possible. Submit request by fax to 832-393-5236 or email to: hivstdvhtraining@houstontx.gov

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Task Forces and Community Groups
Task Force/Community Group Contact
Sexually Transmitted Infections
African American SOE
CPG/TF member – Adonis May
CPG/TF member – Gloria and Luis
CPG/TF member – Nettie Kim Lopez
Kimberly Lopez, Chair
Houston Viral Hepatitis Task Force
  • Shane Reader, President
  • David Duffield, Vice President
  • Michelle Carr, Secretary
  • Rosalia Guerrero-Luera, Treasurer
  • Cathy Troisi, Science Advisor
Urban AIDS Ministry
HIV and Aging Coalition
Texas HIV Medication Advisory Committee
Positive Women’s Network
Texas Black Women’s Initiative
CPG/TF member –Sha’Terra
PrEP Advisory Council
CPG/TF member –Sha’Terra and Nike

Texas HIV Syndicate
CPG/TF member – Crystal and Steven Vargas, Community Co-Chairs
END HIV Houston
CPG/TF member – Crystal
Texans Living with HIV Network
CPG/TF member – Steven
Save Our Sisters (SOS)
support group for trans women of color