Houston Health Department

HIV/STD Resources


In Sept. 2016, the Ryan White Planning Council and the Houston HIV Prevention Planning Group released the The Houston Area Comprehensive HIV Prevention and Care Services Plan for 2017 – 2021.

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

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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 2018

Sharing Science Symposium 2017

Sharing Science Symposium 2014

Houston Ryan White Planning Council

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: Guidelines for Care for HIV-Infected Pregnant Women in Texas - PDF | Word Recommendations for HIV Testing of Pregnant Women in Texas - PDF | Word

Texas Department Of State Health Services

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 community event request 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 30 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: hivstdvhtraining@houstontx.gov 

Community event request form