AIDS Education and Training Center at USC

The Pacific AETC – Los Angeles Area (Pacific AETC – LAA) is a collaboration among the following institutions, administered through UCLA:

  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science


Through locally based, multidisciplinary tailored education, clinical training and technical assistance to healthcare providers and organizations in Los Angeles, Kern, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Inyo Counties, and the U.S./Mexico border region in Arizona and California, the Pacific AETC – Los Angeles Area seeks to integrate high quality, comprehensive, patient-centered and person-focused HIV care. Pacific AETC – Los Angeles Area aims to improve health outcomes, especially in marginalized and disenfranchised communities, including, but not limited to people with mental illness and substance use disorders, unsheltered people experiencing homelessness, recently incarcerated, LGBTQ+, immigrants, and communities of color.

Keck School of Medicine of USC AIDS Education and Training Center was established in 1988 to increase the number of health care providers who are effectively educated and motivated to counsel, diagnose, treat and medically manage people with HIV disease and to help prevent high-risk behaviors that lead to HIV transmission. As the epidemic has changed over these years so has our Center.

Education and Consultative Activities

Our activities are targeted to providers (MDs, PAs, NPs, and Pharmacists) who serve marginalized and resource-poor populations of high HIV prevalence, including unsheltered people experiencing homelessness and incarcerated. We consult with Ryan White Funded and Federally Qualified agencies to enhance prevention and testing efforts and improve the care of HIV infected individuals in Los Angeles, and Kern Counties.

Types of Training

  • Fellowship in HIV Medicine
  • Clinical Training Program (1 to 2 weeks)
  • Lectures upon request on a variety of HIV related topics geared towards Residents and practicing health care professionals
  • Implementation of routine HIV testing in clinics, correctional and emergency departments
  • PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV)
  • Practice Transformation
  • Inter-professional Education


As part of the federally funded Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center, headquartered at UCSF, we are partners with the other Los Angeles AETC sites at UCLA and Charles Drew in developing programs to serve the greater Los Angeles region.

Core faculty and staff

Jerry D. Gates, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator and Director

Jenica Ryu, M.D.
Co-Principal Investigator

Shanna Livermore, MPH, MCHES®, FRSPH

Contact Information

Jerry D. Gates, Ph.D.
PI and Director, USC PAETC
Department of Family Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of USC
1000 S. Fremont Ave., Bldg. A-7
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 457-4231

This project is partially supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number and title for grant amount (# U1OHA29292-01-01, Regional AIDS Education and Training Centers, PAETC award: $3,018,761). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.