The period where adolescents and young adults living with HIV transition from youth to adult‐oriented healthcare can be a time where individuals are more likely to disengage from care, delay initiation of or discontinue antiretroviral therapy (ART), and have lower rates of virologic suppression on ART.
The Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) National Community Advisory Board, Youth Experts and Advocates for Health (ATN-YEAH), Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC), and Community Partners invite you to join Bridging the Gap: Transition from Youth to Adult HIV Care as part of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on April 9, 2021.
Members of the ATN-YEAH will participate in a moderated discussion to discuss barriers and facilitators at the individual, clinical, and structural levels that can impact the transition from youth to adult HIV care.
Register now. The webinar will be held April 9, 2021 at 10am PST / 1pm EDT.
Some of the questions that will be explored include:
- What are some of the thoughts and feelings around living with HIV in the context of care as youth move into adulthood?
- What are some of the gaps that exist related to transitioning into adult care and what’s needed to address these gaps?
- What can researchers do to help address issues related to transitioning from youth to adult care?
- What programs support remaining in care, continuing ART and maintaining virologic suppression?
- What programs can provide guidance/support around the transition from youth care services to complex health systems?
- What role does support from family, partners or friends play in transitioning into adult care?
Omar Nieto graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in Communications and LGBT Studies. He currently works as the Project Director for various research studies through the UCLA Department of Family Medicine. These studies look to examine the use of mobile and digital technology to improve access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, antiretroviral therapy, and medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders among different priority population groups (e.g., cisgender women of color, youth and young adults living with HIV). Outside of work, Omar volunteers with a non-profit organization called the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ) doing racial and gender justice-related work with high school students in southern California.
J.J. Jackson hails from Jacksonville, Florida as a first-generation college student. He is currently working as a Project Officer in the HIV/AIDS Bureau in DC, overseeing the dissemination of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to States and Territories within the U.S, while providing psychotherapy on the weekends. He currently has his Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He recently obtained his Nationally Certified Counselor credential and is seeking his Board Certifications in Sex Therapy and International Transgender Care. J.J. has amassed approximately $20,000 of funding to help impact the lives of marginalized individuals, predominately queer and of color within safe spaces. His research interests center around biomedical interventions for persons living with HIV/AIDS, sexual and mental health of men who have sex with men and are of color, syndemics and social determinants of health, implicit bias and racism in healthcare impacting help-seeking behaviors in sexual minorities, and the integration of behavioral health in HIV work. Outside of work, J.J. is an avid tennis player, admitted and compulsive book purchaser, lover of traveling, learning new languages, and animals.
Sandra Agola was born in Nairobi, Kenya and currently resides in Katy, TX. She is a college student and longstanding youth CAB participant. Sandra joined ATN-YEAH because she was curious about the research that was being conducted by the network. She has found her work with ATN-YEAH inspirational, and she wants to pursue a career working to change the lives individuals living with HIV/AIDS as well as the communities that support them. Specifically, Sandra is passionate about ensuring that young women living with HIV/AIDS are provided with the necessary resources to ensure positive health outcomes. In her spare time, Sandra mentors youth and her mentorship has helped to build confidence and social skills. She is also part of the Do Something Anti-Bullying Foundation which works to raise awareness of and prevent bullying.