Bills in Texas House aim to require insurers to pay for HIV testing and nursing care.

The number of AIDS and HIV cases in Texas remained static for some time.

“We have not stopped HIV transmission since it started. We’ve been making really good progress, but we’ve stalled for a long period of time,” said Christopher Hamilton, CEO of Texas Health Action, which runs the Kind Clinic in Austin. The Kind Clinic offers HIV testing, care and prevention for free or at a reduced cost.

Hamilton said Texas is seeing a slight decline in cases, from 17.76 per 100,000 people in Texas in 2010 to 14.50 per 100,000 people in 2019. New drugs provide an opportunity to further reduce the transmission of HIV. For that to happen, more people need to get tested and know their HIV status, Hamilton said, so they know which medication is right for them.

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