Best Practices for HIV Prevention among Transgender and Non-binary People
Best Practices for HIV Prevention among
Transgender and Non-binary People

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

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The intention of the this webinar is to increase the organizational capacity of community-based organizations, health departments, and others to provide culturally relevant HIV prevention services to trans communities, and to promote National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD) April 18, 2018. NTHTD is the only HIV testing initiative focused solely on the trans community. The webinar will increase awareness of the unique HIV testing needs of trans people, identify best practices to engage trans communities in HIV prevention and care services, and encourage HIV services providers (community-based organizations, health jurisdictions, HIV prevention programs) to develop and expand their trans specific HIV testing services.


Center of Excellence

   • Shawn Demmons, MPH

   • Jenna Rapues, MPH

   • Christina Quiñonez

APLA-Shared ActionHD

   • Jenny Liu, MPH

Shawn DemmonsShawn Demmons is a queer African American trans man committed to social and racial justice. Shawn is engaged in community activism aimed to improve the lives of those most marginalized in our society. He has organized and participated in numerous community events in an effort to increase public education and awareness about issues such as access to health care inside California prisons, linkage to care for newly diagnosed HIV positive individuals in low-income communities, and the social, political, economic marginalization of transgender individuals. Prior to joining the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, Shawn served as the Chair of the Board Directors for the Transgender Law Center, and as a Program Manager with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) where he led programming designed to improve HIV-related health outcomes among African-American gay, bisexual, same-gender-loving men, and transgender/gender-variant individuals.

Shawn has an undergraduate degree in Black Studies and a Masters in Public Health from San Francisco State University.

Jenna RapuesJenna Rapues is a Filipino American trans woman. Jenna was born in the Philippines and grew up in San Francisco where she received her Master of Public Health degree from San Francisco State University. Prior to joining the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, Jenna directed both provider and community-based transgender HIV and health promotion efforts for the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH). In that capacity, Jenna organized and coordinated SFDPH provider and community-led health initiatives, provided programmatic oversight on SFDPH HIV prevention contracts among trans populations, and conducted several trans health research studies. Jenna’s work is published in several journal articles highlighting the impact of HIV and health disparities among San Francisco’s transgender communities.

ChristianChristina Quiñonez joined the capacity building assistant program with the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at the University of California San Francisco in the fall of 2013. Christina began her work in HIV prevention in Los Angeles where she grew up, graduated high school and attended Santa Monica College. While in Los Angeles, Christina worked with the Los Angeles HIV Epidemiology Program, Bienestar and Children's Hospital Los Angeles. With the Center of Excellence, Christina, has been able to bring the 10 plus years of HIV prevention work she has with communities of higher HIV prevalence (including but not limited to transgender communities, men who have sex with men, and people living with HIV). Christina continues pursuing her passion for higher education, working with despaired communities, and social justice.

Jenny LiuJenny Liu started working in the HIV/AIDS field in 2011 as a Peace Corps Community Health Promoter volunteer in the Sub-Saharan African country of Mozambique. She worked within a five year USAID/PEPFAR -funded HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment initiative targeting orphans and vulnerable children and people living with HIV/AIDS.Throughout her 2 years of service, she provided technical assistance to the local faith-based organizations in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and Home-Based Care. She is experienced in facilitating health education trainings and working closely with community health workers and peer educators in HIV prevention and health promotion.

Ms. Liu received a master's degree in public health from Columbia University and undergraduate degree in Art History and Spanish from UCI. As a Capacity Building Assistance Advisor, she is responsible for providing technical assistance, trainings, and information transfer to health departments across the country.

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