Education and Training
The Adolescent AIDS Program (AAP) is a national, state and local resource for healthcare providers and policy makers concerned with the health of adolescents. Our expert trainers offer a range of trainings related to HIV/AIDS, adolescents and LGBTQ youth. The AAP serves as the adolescent resource center of the New York/New Jersey AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) and is able to provide its trainings free of charge through support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
The AAP prioritizes the training of minority providers and providers who serve minority populations. HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects minority youth: 50 percent of male and 75 percent of female HIV-positive youth are racial/ethnic minorities. LGBTQ youth are also disproportionately burdened by HIV/AIDS. Therefore, all AAP trainings emphasize the unique service needs of these populations.
Our trainings are led by a diverse group of professionals (physicians, nurse practitioners and social workers) and can be modified for a variety of settings, such as conferences, grand rounds, clinical meetings and preceptorships. We currently offer the following trainings for medical providers:
Youth and HIV
A dynamic overview of the epidemiology of rising rates of HIV among youth that focuses on how to respond from a clinical and prevention perspective. Learn unique challenges facing adolescents and young adults with HIV infection and optimal clinical and psychosocial supportive care, including adherence to antiretroviral therapy ART and transitioning to adult care.
Routine HIV Testing
Learn to scale up routine HIV testing in clinical settings using the ACTS (Advise, Consent, Test, Support) model. Training includes counseling and testing strategies for routine and targeted testing. Technical assistance is available for local, national and international settings.
An introduction to sex, gender and sexual orientation for audiences with varying levels of knowledge and experience. Training includes a review of terminology, structural oppression and resulting health disparities, and best practices for making your clinic an LGBTQ-welcoming space. This introductory talk is recommended before subsequent LGBTQ trainings.
Sexual Health and LGBTQ Youth
A practical overview of risk assessment, routine HIV testing, STI (sexually transmitted infections) screening and treatment guidelines, vaccinations, anal health and guidance for use of PEP and PrEP.
Hormone Therapy: An Introduction
Provides an overview of masculinizing and feminizing hormone therapies and is designed for providers who would like to initiate hormone therapy for their transgender clients.
Taking a Comprehensive Sexual History
Learn how to take a comprehensive and LGBTQ-inclusive sexual history to get the information you need to provide the best care for patients. May include practice with role-play.
Additional trainings for providers are available. Contact AAP for more information about other clinical trainings tailored to the populations you serve.
Provider Consultations Available
Call the clinic to speak directly to a medical provider with expertise in adolescent HIV care or LGBTQ youth health at 718-882-0232.
Trainings for Community Members
An introduction to topics like sex, gender and sexual orientation for a general and mixed audience with varying levels of knowledge and experience.
LGBTQ-Inclusive Sex Education
Ensure that all young people are getting the safer sex education they need to make informed, competent decisions about their sex lives. This curriculum focuses on incorporating LGBTQ youths’ needs into a safer sex discussion.
Additional trainings available for engaging homeless/marginally housed youth, domestic violence survivors and so on. Contact AAP for more information about trainings tailored to the populations you serve.
Workshops for Youth
The AAP’s Umbrella Program partners with existing youth groups to teach LGBTQ inclusivity—addressing issues such as bullying, safer sex, etc. This workshop is an excellent supplement to existing curriculums that neglect gender and sexual diversity.