About the Conference
The goal of the 2018 Texas HIV/STD Conference is to educate and inform HIV/STD health professionals who serve Texans living with and affected by HIV and other STDs. The conference typically draws 800 to 1,000 HIV/STD health professionals from throughout Texas.
• Treatment as Prevention (TasP) [HIV.gov] – Intervention
• Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) [PreventionAccess.org] – Marketing Campaign for TasP
•Test and Treat
• Status Neutral Prevention and Treatment [New York City Health Department] •Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) [CDC] •Ending the HIV Epidemic in Texas
•STD Prevention and Clinical Care
•Hepatitis C Prevention, Testing and Treatment
Individual Track Priorities
HIV Care Services Track
Purpose: To ensure that all people living with HIV in Texas are engaged in the system of care and achieve sustained viral suppression.
•Identify approaches and innovations to help locate individuals living with HIV who know their status but are not in medical care and link them to medical care.
•Identify strategies that will assist with retaining priority populations in medical care.
•Implement technology to enhance and facilitate linkage and retention into medical care.
•Increase focus and training on retention in care.
•Understand, identify, and address barriers to accessing HIV medications.
Purpose: Increase knowledge of HIV prevention’s multiple roles in ending the epidemic and build skills in effectively implementing the tools that will work across the spectrum.
•Identify appropriate ways to use social media, mobile apps and other marketing tools for HIV prevention.
•Increase knowledge of HIV testing technologies.
•Increase knowledge of status neutral navigation and successful entry and retention into service.
•Enhance knowledge and awareness of the impact of social determinants and how to engage and mobilize the community in addressing these determinants.
•Increase skills in working with medical communities to support implementation of routine HIV screening and PrEP assessment, prescribing, and maintenance.
Epidemiology and Surveillance Track
Purpose: Increase knowledge and understanding of population-level, epidemiological HIV/STD/HCV data.
•Explore factors and barriers that play a role in creating health disparities.
•Share the current snapshot and trends of HIV/STD/HCV in Texas.
•Address what population-level metrics can show whether the HIV epidemic has ended in Texas.
•Focus on which behavioral and network characteristics play a role in the acquisition and successful treatment of HIV.
•Understand how population-level data matters at the local level.
Purpose: Increase knowledge of STD clinical care and prevention of STDs.
•Identify appropriate ways to use social media, mobile apps and other marketing tools for STD prevention.
•Increase knowledge of gonorrhea testing and treatment and identify where to focus efforts to prevent the spread of infection in the community.
•Increase knowledge of congenital syphilis and prevention efforts.
•Enhance knowledge and awareness of human trafficking.
•Expand use of peer networks for STD prevention efforts.
Viral Hepatitis Track
Purpose: Increase knowledge of Hepatitis C mono-infection, coinfection and its role in the opioid epidemic.
•Increase knowledge of Hepatitis C prevention, testing and treatment.
•Increase knowledge of common co-morbidities for individuals living with Hepatitis C.
•Understand the challenges and opportunities in Hepatitis C treatment.
•Understand the increase in Hepatitis C infections and its link to the worsening opioid epidemic.
Health Equity Track
Purpose: Achieve equitable health outcomes in relation to HIV/STD/HCV prevention and care for all Texans.
•Identify the causes of HIV/STD/HCV health inequities among priority populations.
•Work with communities to develop culturally appropriate care that identifies and removes barriers.
•Understand the historical context of why health inequities exist, the impact of health inequities and how knowledge of health inequities can be used to improve health outcomes.
•Increase awareness of the impact social determinants of health has on inequitable health outcomes.
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For additional Information on the conference please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services page for the conference here