Dr. Cathy Reback of the CHIPTS Combination Prevention Core, presented to the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV as part of the CHIPTS HIV Research and Community Colloquia Series on Thursday, July 9, 2015. Her presentation provided an 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.