HIV Program

In response to the growing concern about HIV infection among adolescents and young adults, the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine developed a dedicated HIV program in 1989. The program offers comprehensive services for adolescents and young adults living with HIV, health education and screening services targeted at HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), clinical research, and capacity-building assistance for providers.

HIV Care Services

We offer services designed to be relevant to the lives of adolescents and young adults living with HIV.  Staff are trained in adolescent and youth development and approach the work from a trauma-informed perspective. All services are offered in a youth-friendly, supportive environment responsive to the needs of gay and bisexual men, transgender youth, youth born with HIV and people of color. Services include:

  • Primary Medical Care
  • Medical Care Coordination
  • Case Management (e.g., support with insurance, transportation assistance, and support in accessing other resources)
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Peer Support
  • Nutritional Counseling

With support from grant funds and government programs, uninsured patients and their families are able to use the confidential services of the program free of charge.

Referrals: Contact John Thompson, MSW, at 323-361-4757.

HIV Prevention

Our program provides HIV/STI screening services. PrEP navigation (medication to prevent HIV infection), and specialized groups for young gay and bisexual men of color and transgender youth. Services are designed to create safe spaces for youth, to create community, increase knowledge, support leadership development, and gain critical skills to support their overall health and well-being.


  • HIV/STI Screening: HIV and STI screening services for youth 24 and under. Contact Stacy Alford at 323-361-7522
  • PrEP Navigation: Contact Charlie Romero at 323-361-7231
  • B3: Two-session intervention for young gay men living with HIV. Contact Jerry Morris at 323-361-3121 or Lenworth Poyser at 323-361-7132
  • L.I.F.E: One-session introduction to sexual health and monthly groups to address health and well-being of young gay and bisexual men of color. Contact Alexander Pacach at 323-361-5826 or Matthew Zavala at 323-361-3283
  • B.L.U.S.H.: Two-session intervention, weekly drop-in groups, and leadership development training for transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Contact Chandi Moore at 323-361-7768

Training and Capacity Building

Our faculty and staff speak at conferences, participate on boards and consortia, and appear in the media to educate professionals and the public about the needs and care of this unique and underserved population. The Division provides opportunities for medical residents and fellows and graduate students in Social Work, Public Health, and Psychology to develop expertise in working with transgender youth and youth living with HIV.

The SYPP Center houses some of the nation’s top experts in the field of HIV and transyouth who are committed to disseminating best practices, research, and state-of-the-art evidenced-based training for existing and emerging practitioners. The Center provides training and capacity-building assistance through faculty and staff to a wide audience of clinicians and community practitioners. Trainings focus on cultural competency, community mobilization for structural change and building the capacity of other practitioner to provide competent and affirming services. For more information about training opportunities visit the SYPP Center website.

Clinical Research

Faculty and staff are engaged in multiple research activities designed to increase knowledge and understanding of HIV and young people. For more information about treatment, behavioral or community clinical trials, contact Julie McAvoy-Banerjea at 323-361-5023.