Colloquium: “HIV Prevention Rates, Risk Factors and Health Disparities Among Transgender Persons”

July 9, 2015 – Dr. Cathy Reback of the CHIPTS Combination Prevention Core, presented tan overview of the HIV prevalence rates among trans male and female individuals in Los Angeles County.  She discussed the syndemic co-factors that impact HIV acquisition and transmission among these populations. The presentation also addressed health disparities that have served to limit health care utilization specifically among high-risk trans women. Next step recommendations were presented.

Cathy J. Reback, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist with Friends Research Institute, a Research Sociologist with UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, a Core Scientist with UCLA CHIPTS, and the Executive Director of Friends Community Center in Hollywood. Dr. Reback has been conducting intervention, ethnographic, and epidemiological research with trans women, and has been providing services for trans women for over 20 years. She is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and is an internationally known researcher in the field of high-risk trans women.


CHIPTS hosts a monthly HIV Research and Community Colloquia Series in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV to highlight current issues and conversations surrounding HIV. Click here for past lectures and check out the events page for more information on future Colloquia presentations!