Adapting HIV Service for Youth During COVID-19 and Beyond


(This event was presented on Friday, February 12, 2021)

Subject Matter Experts:

  • Ezra Bisom-Rapp, Health Education Coordinator, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
  • LaMar Yarborough, Founder/Director, H.Y.P.E to Empower, Inc.
  • Dr. Daniel H. Reirden MD, FAAP, FACP, AAHIVS, Children’s Hospital, Colorado

Facilitated by:

JaDawn Wright, MA, Deputy Director, Pacific AIDS Education & Training Center

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the landscape for youth access to HIV services, including sexual health education, prevention, and care​
  • Discuss the barriers and facilitators for youth transitioning from adolescent to adult HIV care and services
  • Identify strategies for youth to assist with clinical engagement, specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Identify and brainstorm resources to support youth focused HIV program can implement to support continued access to services


According to the CDC, “In 2018, youth aged 13 to 24 made up 21% of the 37,832 new HIV diagnoses in the United States (US) and dependent areas. Youth with HIV are the least likely of any age group to be retained in care and have a suppressed viral load. Addressing HIV in youth requires that young people have access to the information and tools they need to make healthy decisions and reduce their risk for getting HIV, and to get treatment and stay in care if they have HIV.”

This webinar will examine the landscape for youth engagement in HIV care services along with identifying key components for service providers to consider as a client/patient centered approach. Our panel of subject matter experts will discuss barriers and facilitators when providing HIV services to youth, and discuss strategies to assist with clinical engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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