PrEP Awareness Week in the South

November 9th - 13th




PAWS hopes to provide information, best practices, and shared resources and experiences on initiating, implementing, and/or sustaining Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in the nineteen CDC-funded Southern regional jurisdictions.


Please contact Daniel Casillas-Villamizar with any questions.


Presentation details are provided below.

Hands United, My Brother's Keeper, and NASTAD are excited to host PrEP Awareness Week in the South (PAWS). 

*Spanish interpreters will be available for most presentations.

*Interpretación en español estará disponible para la mayoría de las presentaciones.

Sexual Health: Encouraging Awareness, Action, and Prevention

Monday, November 9, 2020

1:00 PM CT - 2:00 PM CT


Steven Santiago, MD

HIV Specialty 

Chief Medical Officer

Care Resources Community Health Centers - Miami






1. Define sexual health.


2. Epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the need for routine sexual health care.


3. How to have a proactive sexual health discussion with all patients.

4. Encourage sexual health and prevention of HIV and other STIs.


Discover Descovy for PrEP

Monday, November 9, 2020

2:30 PM CT - 3:30 PM CT


Alex Munoz and Danielle Houston

Senior Community Liasons - Gilead Sciences 

Michael Alonso, MS




Gilead Community Liaisons present on Descovy for PrEP.



Facilitators and Barriers to PrEP Uptake in a Texas-Mexico Border Metro Area

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

10:00 AM CT - 11:00 AM CT


Adrian Juarez, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing





1. Outline the social context of PrEP availability in an urban, Texas-Mexico border setting.


2. Identify described facilitators and barriers to PrEP of interviewed study participants.


3. Discuss how preliminary study findings can be used in a larger implementation science project.



The Virtual PrEP Program: Opportunities and Threats to HIV Prevention

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

2:30 PM CT - 3:30 PM CT


Jason E. Farley PHD, MPH, ANP-BC


Professor and Nurse Practitioner


This session will review opportunities and threats to HIV prevention using a virtual PrEP model.




1. To evaluate opportunities and threats of virtual PrEP services.


2. To consider models of at home HIV, STI testing to facilitate virtual PrEP services


3. To discuss the influence of virtual approaches on PrEP persistence



Who's Making the Investment?

Thursday, November 12, 2020

10:00 AM CT - 11:00 AM CT


Elimir Tiara C. Willie, PhD, MA





Preventing heterosexual transmission of HIV among Black women is a national public health priority. Nationally, Black women are disproportionately affected by HIV than women of other racial and ethnic groups. In 2018, Black women represented 57% of all new HIV diagnoses among women. In 2018, 86% of new HIV infections among women were attributed to heterosexual transmission. Intimate partner violence (IPV) can escalate HIV transmission and Black women experience some of the highest rates of IPV in the U.S. Experiences of IPV can place Black women at greater risk of HIV acquisition by creating additional vulnerabilities to HIV infection. Partner-independent HIV prevention methods are needed for Black women, especially Black women experiencing IPV.


As the most innovative biomedical HIV prevention strategy to date, PrEP is a partner-independent strategy that has the potential to reduce gender-related racial HIV disparities, however recent research highlights the racial, ethnic and gender-based disparities in PrEP use. This seminar will briefly present barriers and facilitators to PrEP uptake and use among Black women; and discuss potential directions such as trauma-informed strategies to enhance the PrEP care continuum among this priority population.



SPARK: PrEP Adherence

Thursday, November 12, 2020

1:00 PM CT - 2:00 PM CT


Shayla Knighton-Black

CBA Specialist-Hands United

Latino Commission on AIDS





SPARK is an interactive case-scenario-based session designed to stimulate discussion, develop new perspectives, and support peer-to-peer learning opportunities through the sharing of experiences and successful practices in the field. The goals of this session is to develop strategies to address availability, accessibility and acceptability challenges to PrEP adherence experienced by clients, utilizing a peer-to- peer approach.


Space is limited to allow participants to interact and engage with the case scenarios.



Financing Strategies for PrEP

Thursday, November 12, 2020

2:30 PM CT - 3:30 PM CT


Nicole Elinoff, MPH, CPH, CHES

Manager, Prevention - NASTAD

Edwin Corbin-Gutierrez, MA

Associate Director, Health Systems Integrated - NASTAD




1. Name the major financing challenges that would impact individuals at high risk of HIV infection from accessing PrEP.


2. Discuss key policy changes expected to impact the capacity of HIV prevention providers to finance and scale-up PrEP programs in the US South.

3. Outline key strategies that clinic leaders can implement to facilitate PrEP access for their uninsured or underinsured patient populations.



Ending the HIV Epidemic in Latinx Youth: Improving Health Equity for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) through Behavioral, Biomedical and Structural interventions

Friday, November 13, 2020

10:00 AM CT - 11:00 AM CT


Renata Arrington Sanders, MD, MPH, ScM

Associate Professor - John Hopkins School of Medicine




1. Review the science behind pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in preventing HIV among youth.


2. Describe behavioral, biomedical and structural interventions to address PrEP uptake in youth.

3. Discuss practical approaches for providers to increase PrEP uptake and improve health equity and access for PrEP in Black and Latinx cismen and transgender women.



PrEP for Transgender and Gender Diversive People

Friday, November 13, 2020

1:00 PM CT - 2:00 PM CT


Kevin L. Ard, MD, MPH

Medical Director, The National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center

Director, Sexual Health Clinic Massahusetts General Hospital




1. Summarize barriers to PrEP among transgender and genderdiverse people and identify ways to overcome barriers.


2. Describe the evidence for PrEP for transgender and genderdiverse people.

3. Manage common clinical questions that arise when providing PrEP for transgender and gender-diverse people.




Elaine Velasquez

PrEP Coordinator

Westbrook Clinic

HIV PrEP Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

Friday, November 13, 2020

2:30 PM CT - 3:30 PM CT

Martha Patricia Rodriguez, Dr. MPAS, PA-C Physician Assistant

Westbrook Clinic, Harlingen, TX 

South Central AETC





1. Describe HIV PrEP and its indications and contraindications.

2. Identify the laboratory monitoring for HIV PrEP.

3. Recognize the potential toxicities and side effects from HIV PEP and PrEP.


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