Ukrainian Delegation Studies Miller School’s STD/HIV Prevention Program

A delegation of Ukrainian professionals recently learned how a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine program is helping to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infections in Miami-Dade County.

“We discussed our Promote 2 Prevent (P2P) program, as well as other issues affecting adolescents in the Ukraine,” said Alex Moreno, M.P.H., Clinical Program Manager of Adolescent HIV Counseling and Testing Service, and P2P, a project of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Mailman Center for Child Development. “The Ukrainian delegation included a documentary television producer and an administrator who were also interested in health-related legal issues, such as rights of transgender youth and patient confidentiality.”

Promote 2 Prevent — a collaborative program acting as a registered State of Florida Health Department testing site — provides free STD/HIV screening to adolescents and young adults age 13 through 24. Its staff works closely with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Foster Care System and the Department of Juvenile Justice.

This was the second delegation from Ukraine to learn about Promote 2 Prevent. In October 2014, Moreno escorted representatives from a group called the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS to visits with community public health partners.

On the May 19 visit, Moreno connected the delegates with UM’s Children and Youth Law Clinic. Directors Bernard Perlmutter and Kele Marcia Stewart, joined by Clinical Instructor and Practitioner-in-Residence Robert Latham, led a lively discussion on the legal rights of LGBT and foster youth, a vulnerable population both here and in Ukraine.

“The Ukrainians gained valuable information about HIV prevention, low-cost legal services and other ways to support their country’s LGBT population,” said Annette G. Alvarez, Executive Director of Global Ties Miami, a non-profit that promotes professional and cultural exchanges between international visitors and South Florida communities, which hosted the visit.

“We connect international leaders with their counterparts in South Florida to discuss a wide range of topics,” said Alvarez.

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