2018 Texas HIV-STD Conference
November 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am - November 29, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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
- Transgender Communities
- Health Equity/Community Mobilization
- STD Prevention and Clinical Care
- Hepatitis C Prevention, Testing and Treatment
Individual Track Priorities
HIV Care Services Track
Purpose: 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.
Purpose: Examine HIV/STD leadership in Texas through the lens of reducing disproportionalities and disparities.
- Provide a joint, national update from the National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors and National Coalition of STD Directors.
- Identify strategies that build stronger and more diverse leadership within HIV/STD organizations and Texas communities by embracing cultural, racial, and sexual identities.
- Identify leaders at all levels to bridge the gap in HIV/STD health disparities.
- Increase knowledge of strategies for intentional leadership transition to the next generation of diverse leaders.