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UCSF Transgender HIV Prevention Center funded to provide primary care information
Date:3/12/2009

The CoE receives funding from the California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS.

"Access to appropriate and sensitive primary health care is an important component of HIV prevention for transgender individuals," said Michelle Roland, MD, division chief of the Office of AIDS. "The California Endowment's grant to expand access to transgender primary care information is an important step forward in our on-going efforts."

It is a collaborative partnership that combines the unique strengths and resources of a renowned training and capacity building institution, the UCSF Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC), and an internationally recognized leader in HIV prevention research, the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS).

"Through PAETC we provide training and educational activities related to the clinical management of HIV. With this new grant, we can assist in ensuring that clinical providers provide appropriate care for transpeople in a welcoming environment," said CoE principal investigator, Michael Reyes, MD, MPH, from UCSF PAETC.

The CoE provides a vital role in disseminating essential information and best practices among caregivers and community based organizations across the state. The CoE's Community Advisory Board is drawn from community members throughout California and works to vigorously sustain the critical dialogue that needs to take place between a community facing a public health crisis and providers tasked with responding to that crisis, according to Reyes.

"The Center provides consultation and technical assistance to community-based organizations that provide HIV prevention services to transpeople and we wish to improve or expand those services. We help agencies stay informed of research findings as they implement their programs and we learn from providers and the community about directions that future research should take to improve HIV prevention outcomes among transpeopl
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Contact: Jeff Sheehy
jsheehy@ari.ucsf.edu
415-597-8165
University of California - San Francisco
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