Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center at USC

The USC site of the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (USC PAETC) 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. We now include programs on Correctional and Homeless HIV medicine, HIV testing in all settings including emergency departments and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV (PrEP).

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 homeless 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, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Kern Counties.

Types of Training

  • Fellowship in HIV Medicine
  • Clinical Trainings (1 week to 2 months)
  • HIV Risk Assessment including posttest counseling
  • Implementation of 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 PAETC 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.
Principle Investigator and Director

Kathleen Jacobson, M.D.
Medical Director

Jenica Ryu, M.D.
Director of Clinical and Correctional Training

Shanna Livermore, MPH, MCHES®
Program Specialist and Evaluator

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.