PrEP, PEP and STIs: Navigating the Alphabet Soup of Sexual Health for Today’s Adolescents




Session Description

Rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continue to skyrocket across the county. Unfortunately, young people, and particularly those of racial and sexual minority communities, continue to be disproportionately affected. School health programs are essential to stem this increase. This session provides participants with the tools to discuss sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and how to lower risks of acquisition. Learn how to avoid stigmatizing language, assess for risk, and provide education to students most in need. A bibliography of resources will be provided.

Learning Objectives

     #1 Articulate the groups most at risk of HIV acquisition in the United States today.
     #2 Define the term “PrEP” and explain its components.
     #3 Describe the meaning of the term “PEP” and who benefits from it.

About the Presenters

Presenter, Jeremy Snyders's headshotJeremy Snyder, Young Adult Clinic Medical Director, Truman Health Services
Jeremy Snyder is a pediatrician and internist at the University of New Mexico’s Truman Health Services. Jeremy received his medical doctorate from Saint Louis University and completed his residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. As the medical director of the young adult clinic, Jeremy works closely with an interdisciplinary team of nurses, case managers, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists to provide evidence-based, comprehensive and compassionate care to adolescents living with HIV across New Mexico. He also provides pre-exposure prophylaxis for people who wish to prevent HIV infection, and post-exposure prophylaxis to those who may have been exposed to HIV. When not teaching or providing clinical care, he enjoys exploring New Mexico with his wife and children.
Raisa Negron, Health Education Coordinator for Highland High School, Truman Health Services
Raisa S. Negrón, (she/ella pronouns) earned a BA in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University. She has spent the majority of her career as a sexuality educator teaching and improving the sexual health needs of many individuals working with non-profits, private sector and as a consultant. With 20 years of experience, Raisa shares that body image, sexual expression, including our overall health are inter-connected and an integral part of who we are. Acknowledging our individual culture plays a role, too. When these are in alignment, and we have un- learned negative behaviors, we begin to feel more satisfaction with our bodies and ourselves. Raisa currently works in HIV prevention, specifically adolescent health, LGBTQ* youth, along with persons struggling with tobacco, alcohol, other substance misuse to improve their health outcomes. Raisa speaks Spanish, is a qualified medical interpreter and trainer in the healthcare industry.

Marcos Tafoya, Health Education Coordinator, Truman Health Services
Marcos Tafoya has been a with the University of New Mexico Truman Health Services for 3 years and has a desire to reduce the stigma surrounding HIV and other STIs. In addition, Marcos works to help people in his community feel empowered to define their own sexual health, and finds passion in advocating for the LGBTQ+ community.


Continuing Education

This presentation has been approved for the following continuing education units:

Approving BoardProfessionsCEUs Offered
NMBCCHPBehavioral Health Providers1.5

This presentation meets the requirements of a cultural awareness subject area as required by the NASW-NM licensing board. 

To receive credit, you must attend the session in its entirety and complete the session evaluation within 48 hours of the session conclusion.  As per board requirements, attendance will be taken at the beginning and end of the session.




Jul 15 2020


2:00 pm - 3:15 pm




(505) 266-3451