• DSHS HIV/STD Program
    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, TX 78714

    Phone: 737-255-4300

    Email the HIV/STD Program

    Email HIV, STD, Hepatitis C, and TB data requests to the Program – Use this email to request Texas HIV, STD, Hepatitis C, and TB data and statistics. Do not use this email to request treatment or infection history for individuals, or to request information on programs or services. Do not email personal, identifying health information such as HIV status, date of birth, or Social Security Number.

    For treatment/testing history, please contact your local health department.

    For information on HIV testing and services available to persons living with HIV, please contact your local HIV services organization.

HIV and STDs

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). STDs are Sexually Transmitted Diseases, which include HIV and other infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, and HPV.

HIV and other STDs are most often contracted through sexual contact (vaginal, anal, or oral sex). Many infections are also passed through sharing needles, contact with infected blood, or from mother to baby during pregnancy or at birth. HIV and other STDs are not passed casually through things like hugging or shaking hands. Each infection is different.

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Many people with HIV do not have symptoms for several years after becoming infected. Some people may develop mild, temporary flu-like symptoms or swollen glands right after infection. When left untreated, HIV can develop symptoms of AIDS which are usually more serious. The only way to know for sure if you are infected is to get tested.

Symptoms of Other STDs

Many people do not have any symptoms. Those that do can have pain when urinating, a discharge, or blisters in the genital area. Each STD causes different symptoms. The only way to know for sure if you are infected is to get tested.

Get Tested for HIV and STDs

Free and low-cost testing for HIV and other STDs is available in many locations across Texas. Learn more about  where to get tested.

Get Help and Find Educational Materials

For questions about HIV and other STDs, call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).

Electronic and printed educational materials are available from DSHS. You can view, download, and order materials from the  educational materials page.

The Program Materials Review Panel (PMRP) also reviews many new publications, videos, and other educational materials for use in DSHS HIV/STD prevention activities. Materials come from federal government, other states, local communities and community-based organizations, clinics and health providers, schools, and service organizations. Visit the  PMRP page to view the list of materials reviewed.

HIV/STD Observances


You can contact the HIV/STD Program by email or call us at 737-255-4300.

Last updated November 29, 2022