US Women & PrEP Working Group

The US Women and PrEP Working Group is a coalition of women from leading AIDS and women’s health organizations. The coalition advocates for a coordinated national agenda that will quickly and accurately answer questions about how the antiretroviral (ARV) drug Truvada can best be made available as an HIV prevention option for women at risk of HIV infection.

The Working Group also organizes periodic community education and outreach opportunities, including webinars and meetings at conferences, highlighting issues relevant to women and PrEP in the US.

If you’re interested in joining the group, please contact us.

Advocacy for a Coordinated National Agenda

For more on the Working Group's advocacy agenda for PrEP and women click the links below.

Before the Pen Hits the Pad: PrEP Education for Health Care Providers

Tuesday, August 23, 2:30pm ET

Please join the US Women and PrEP working group for a discussion on how to raise women's awareness of PrEP and how to get their health care providers to talk to women about PrEP.

Speaker include:

  • Susan Moskosky, Office of Population Affairs - DHHS
  • David Whittier - CDC
  • Omoro Omoighe - NASTAD
  • Shannon Weber - HIVE, UCSF
  • Jessica Terlikowski - AIDS Foundation Chicago

Click here to register.

PrEP, Possibility, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Monday, October 5, 2:30pm ET

Please join the US Women and PrEP working group for a discussion on PrEP, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Speakers include:

  • Shannon Weber -
  • Jessica Terlikowski - AIDS Foundation of Chicago
  • Dominika Seidman - UCSF

Click here to register.

US Women and PrEP Group Webinars

Transgender Women and PrEP. What's the latest?

Thursday, July 30, 12pm ET

The US Women and PrEP Working Group and partners hosted a webinar on the first-hand look at PrEP and transgender women - through the eyes of women prescribing it, using it, choosing not to use it, advocates calling for more research on it and policy-makers charged with integrating it into the national HIV response.

Speakers included:

  • Zil Goldstein - Persist Health Project and Beth Israel Medical Center
  • Bub Bucklew - Research Priorities Working Group, Community Partners
  • Ronsa Siskind - NIAID
  • Cecelia Gentili
  • Prudence Mendiola
  • Moderator: Sikora, Howard Brown Health center

    Click here to view the video.

    Slides are available here.

    How Do Women Think about HIV Risk?

    Tuesday, December 16, 1pm ET

    The US Women & PrEP Working Group hosted a webinar on women's perception of HIV risk and how this perception impacts care providers and PrEP as a prevention option.

    Speakers included:

  • Gina Brown - Office of AIDS Research, National Institutes of Health
  • Ariane van der Straten - Director of Women's Global Health Imperative, RTI
  • Sharon DeCuir - Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator, HAART (HIV/AIDS Alliance Region for Two, Inc.) - personal perspective
  • Moderator: Dázon Dixon Diallo, Convener, US Women and PrEP Working Group

    To access post-web materials and a recording of the meeting, click here.

    PrEP Me, Please!

    Tuesday, September 23, 4pm ET

    This webinar, hosted by the US Women & PrEP Working Group, discussed PrEP's role in women's health and safer conception. It also offered advocates the opportunity to learn more about PrEP's impact on HIV prevention and education and witness first-hand a coalition of organizations determined to increase women's access to PrEP as a prevention option.

    Speakers included:

    • Shannon Weber, MSW - Director, Perinatal HIV Hotline, Bay Area Perinatal AIDS Center
    • Erika Aaron, MSN, CRNP - Assistant Professor, Drexel University College of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine
    • Caroline Watson - Volunteer Outreach for BAPAC and Pro Men

    Moderator: Dázon Dixon Diallo, MPH - Founder and President, SisterLove, Inc.

    Animation: Flash
    Audio: MP3
    Slides: PDF

    PrEP @ 2 Years—and still counting women in...

    Monday, June 30, 12pm ET

    The US Women & PrEP Working Group, SisterLove and AVAC hosted a webinar marking the two-year anniversary of the FDA licensing of Truvada as PrEP in the US. This webinar featured updates and resources in the field and discussed how progress in getting women involved in the rollout of PrEP. There was also discussion about what we know and don’t know about women's motivations and barriers to consider daily oral PrEP as an intervention. Speakers included Karen Hoover from the US CDC, Judy Auerbach from the University of California at San Francisco, Alan McCord from Project Inform, and moderator, Dazon Dixon Diallo of SisterLove and the US Women & PrEP Working Group.

    Animation: Flash
    Audio: MP3
    Slides: PDF

    Risky Women: Disrupting Simple Notions of Women’s HIV Risk

    Monday, December 9, 2013, 11-12:30 ET

    The final webinar of the Fall series discussed what is known from social and behavioral science and community experience about the definitions and perceptions of HIV risk among women that are relevant to their potential PrEP use. The discussion was led by:

    • Judy Auerbach, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco; and Consultant to AIDS United and San Francisco AIDS Foundation (slides)
    • K. Rivet Amico, PhD, Research Scientist, Center for Health Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut (slides)
    • Joanne Keatley, MSW, Director, Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, University of California, San Francisco (slides)
    • Moderator: Vignetta Charles, PhD, Senior Vice President, AIDS United

    Audio: MP3

    Interventions discussed during call:

    PrEP-ception: Sero-discordant couples using PrEP to reduce HIV transmission risk during pregnancy

    The second in a series of webinars by the US Women and PrEP Working Group discussed the possibilities and challenges associated with serodiscordant couples using PrEP to help them achieve pregnancy safely.

    Audio: MP3
    Audio (Poppy’s story only): MP3
    Slides: PDF
    Follow-Up Questions: PDF

    Ready, Set, PrEP: Update on current research and rollout of PrEP for women in the US

    Monday, September 16, 1-2:30 ET

    The US Women and PrEP Working Group held a webinar to discuss the latest in research and rollout of PrEP for women in the US. We were joined by:

    • Dr. Dawn Smith, CDC
    • Dr. Sally Hodder, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
    • Dr. Sharon Hillier, University of Pittsburgh, MTN

    Audio: MP3
    Slides: PDF

    Related Resources

    Relevant materials from Working Group members are included below.

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