Houston Health Department
- The purpose of the plan is to:
Describe the current system of HIV prevention and care services in the Houston Area;
- Describe an ideal system of HIV prevention and care services for the Houston Area;
- Outline the specific activities needed to make progress toward this ideal system; and
- Describe how progress toward an ideal system will be measured.
The plan is intended to be used by the Ryan White Planning Council and the Houston HIV Planning Group, by Administrative Agents and grantees, by providers of HIV prevention and care services as well as by partners, stakeholders, and other decision-makers as they respond to the needs of people at risk for or infected with HIV.
Houston Health Department’s HIV Epidemiologic Profile
Houston/Harris County had 1,288 newly reported diagnosed cases of HIV in 2014 in adults and adolescents aged 15 years of age and older. This corresponds to a rate of new HIV diagnoses of 29 cases per 100,000 people in the population. However, the disease has affected sections of the population disproportionately. Men had a rate of new diagnoses 3.5 times the rate in women. Black males had a 4.6 times higher rate of new HIV diagnoses than white males, and Hispanic males had a rate 1.6 times the rate in whites. Black women were newly diagnosed with HIV at a rate 21.0 times that of white women, and Hispanic women were diagnosed at a rate 3.6 times that of white women. Male-to-male sexual activity accounted for 67% of the new diagnoses. Heterosexual sexual activity accounted for 25% of the cases and injection drug use 5%. At the end of 2013, there were 22,551 reported cases of people living with HIV in Houston/Harris County, corresponding to a rate of 520 cases per 100,000 persons in the population. The rate of new infections has remained fairly constant over the past 12 years. However, the number of new diagnoses occurring in young men who have sex with men (13-24 years old) has been increasing since 2003.
This epidemiological profile describes the occurrence of HIV in Houston/Harris County by various sub-categories by looking at the demographic characteristics of the population, the occurrence of new diagnoses of HIV and AIDS, the number of people currently living with HIV, the estimated incidence of new HIV infections, and the occurrence of co-morbid infections. In addition, the profile describes other associated Health Department projects; namely, Re-Linkage to Care, the Houston Medical Monitoring Project, and the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Project.
The information in this profile is used by the Houston Health Department, the Ryan White Planning Council, the Community Planning Group, and many community-based healthcare providers. This information is used to target HIV education and prevention efforts planned and funded by the Houston Health Department, the Community Planning Group, and various community-based organizations. The information helps target efforts by sex, race/ethnicity, age, transmission risk groups, and geographically in order to maximize the effect of programs. The information is used by the Ryan White Planning Council and community-based healthcare providers to estimate the number and characteristics of patients they are expected to serve and where to setup clinics near patients.
Sharing Science Symposium 2015
- Treatment Outcomes in Undocumented Hispanic Immigrants with HIV Infection, Dr. Thomas Giordano
- A Basic Research Goal: “Shock” HIV out of Latency, Dr. Andrew Rice
- The Association Between Abnormal Anal Pap Smears and HPV-16 and -18 Viral Loads in a Cohort of HIV-Positive Men and Women, Dr. Elizabeth Chiao
- Re-Linkage: The Sticking Point in HIV Prevention, Dr. Richard Grimes
- What Patients Want From Their Doctor, Dr. Bich Dang
- HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorders, Dr. Rodrigo Hasbun
- HIV Prevention: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Implementation, Dr. Charlene Flash
Sharing Science Symposium 2014
- Introduction of CFAR and Overview of Research, Dr. Thomas Giordano
- Why Do Women with HIV Drop Out of Care After They Have Their Babies?, Dr. Judy Levison
- It’s Your Game… Keep It Real, Dr. Christine Markham
- The Heart Positive Study, Dr. Ashok Balasubramanyam
- HIV FOCUS: Enhanced HIV Testing Procedure, Dr. Shannon York
- Could Fat Hide HIV?, Dr. Dorothy Lewis
- Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study, Dr. Mary Paul
- AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), Dr. Roberto Arduino
- Smoking Cessation Treatment: A Critical Component of HIV Management, Dr. Damon Vidrine
- HIV Prevention: Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Implementation, Dr. Charlene Flash
- Can HVTN505 Vaccine Prevent HIV Infection?, Dr. Hana El Sahly
Houston Ryan White Planning Council
The Houston Ryan White Planning Council, in collaboration with consumers, service providers, and other experts determine what services are most needed by people living with HIV/AIDS in the Houston EMA. The Council then prioritizes those services and decides the best way to allocate Houston's Part A grant award of the The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009
Detailed information about service usage for a defined population and, as a result, is an essential tool for planning for service-delivery in a community.
A resource guide for HIV services in Houston and the surrounding area
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 (which begins on the next page). 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Community event request form
Texas Consortium for Perinatal HIV Prevention (TCPHP)
The Texas Consortium for Perinatal HIV Prevention (TCPHP) has released a set of guidelines and recommendations for the prevention of perinatal HIV transmission in Texas. The handbook contains recommendations for HIV testing of pregnant women in Texas as well as guidelines for care of HIV-infected pregnant women. To access the complete 23 page handbook, please visit:
Texas Department of State Health Services
Texas HIV Surveillance Report 2010
Annual summary of reported HIV infections and AIDS cases in Texas.
Annual summary of reported Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis infections in Texas.
2010 Texas Integrated Epidemiologic Profile for HIV/AIDS
A summary of information on known HIV/AIDS cases in Texas.
- LGBTQ Friendly Colleges Guide
- PENShouston.org – partner notification services in Houston. This site is provided as a free service to help you make sure that your sex partner(s) or your friends who may have been exposed to the STD that you were treated for, can get notified and referred to medical care by specially trained DIS. This process is totally confidential and it will help stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
- Houston Herpes Support Group information
- HIV support group list for 2012
- HIV/AIDS Conferences Worldwide
- CDC Fact Sheet - Incidence, Prevalance and Cost of Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States