Upcoming Webinar: HIV Testing & Prevention in Jail Settings (June 3, 2021)

Posted May 21, 2021

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HIV Testing & Prevention in Jail Settings

June 3, 2021: 11am PST

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Research shows that the HIV positivity rate in jails is 3 times higher than the national average and that about 15% of people living with HIV pass through jail at some point in their lives. Health departments and community based organizations can play essential roles to increase HIV testing and linkage to care in jail settings as part of efforts to End the HIV Epidemic.


The panelists will present state of the science strategies, policies and interventions to halt the spread of HIV that can be implemented in jail settings and what can be done to assist those leaving incarceration to link them to care in their communities in order to stay healthy and virally suppressed.


Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the need and opportunity to provide HIV testing and prevention services in jail settings
  • Understand how to leverage existing HIV programs to implement linkage with correctional settings and CBOs
  • Learn best practices to engage clients in HIV Testing, prevention, and care


Presented by

Asa Clemenzi Allen, MD, San Francisco Department of Public Health

  • Asa Clemenzi-Allen, MD, MAS is a board certified Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease specialist who serves as the Director of the HIV and Integrated Services, which includes the Ryan White Center of Excellence (CoE) and HIV prevention services at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. This CoE serves people living with and at-risk of acquiring HIV who are incarcerated in San Francisco County jails. Asa is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Volunteer) within the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine at the San Francisco General Hospital. Within both of these clinical roles, he focuses on implementation research that aims to evaluate low-barrier, multi-component interventions that improve care cascade outcomes for vulnerable populations at risk for and living with HIV.


Cinzia Ayite, Denver Public Health

  • A native of France, Cinzia graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology. Since graduating 12 years ago, she worked in the HIV prevention field providing linkage to care services to incarcerated individuals living with HIV. Prior to coming to the Denver Health and the Denver jails, she provided HIV linkage to care services to incarcerated HIV positive individuals in the Arapahoe and Jefferson county jails.


Deborah Wyatt-OnealRN, MSN, MFT, California Prevention Training Center

  • Deborah Wyatt-O’Neal is currently a CBA Trainer and Specialist with the California Prevention Training Center. In this role she brings nearly 30 years of experience as a clinician focusing on various conditions such as sickle cell anemia, hypertension, oncology and HIV. Along with clinical experience, Deborah has volunteered as a chaplain at San Leandro Juvenile Hall since 2008, giving her a perceptive and critical view in dealing with HIV in correctional settings.

Hosted by

Gary Naja-Riese, MSW/MPH(c), San Francisco Department of Public Health

Jesus Gaeta, MPH, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Photos of Asa Clemenzi-Allen, Cinzia Ayite, and Deborah Wyatt-Oneal


For mor informaiton, contact the organizers at: get.sfcba@sfdph.org

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