The Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC) at Charles Drew University provides state-of-the-art HIV/AIDS clinical training, education, technical assistance, and consultation throughout greater Los Angeles. Los Angeles has been an epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic since the first cases were identified here in 1981. Providers in the region have seen the epidemic grow and often affect those from the most vulnerable populations. Since the beginning of the epidemic, Los Angeles County has recorded over 50,000 identified AIDS cases, almost 40% of ALL California’s AIDS cases. This diverse region has not only been heavily impacted by the AIDS epidemic, but also substance abuse, violence, and homelessness.

In order to provide up to date, culturally competent care for their patients, providers of HIV services must have access to expert training.  The Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center funds three sites in Los Angeles at CDU, UCLA, and USC – all are available to provide such training.  Faculty of the CDU PAETC possess special expertise in substance abuse and mental health disorders that co-occur with HIV.  As a result, many of our trainings focus on the interplay between these three dynamic forces.     


•    To provide health care professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for HIV-infected patients in underserved and vulnerable populations
•    To increase the number of trained health care professionals caring for patients living with HIV
•    To give health care professionals the skills to education and counsel their patients to prevent the transmission of HIV
•    To respond to the needs of emerging populations and the changing face of the epidemic
•    To improve the care of people living with HIV/AIDS by increasing the number of health care providers who are able to counsel, diagnose, treat, and medically manage persons with HIV infection and to decrease HIV transmission by promoting risk reduction

Who We Serve


We offer education and training programs specifically designed for:

•    Physicians
•    Nurses
•    Physician Assistants
•    Nurse Practitioners
•    Dentists
•    Dental Hygienists
•    Pharmacists
•    Other health professional providing direct service to people living with HIV/AIDS

Most CDU PAETC trainings are open to all HIV providers.  Select trainings are open only to providers of certain disciplines.  The training announcement will state for whom the training is targeted.  Nearly all trainings are free of charge.

Types of Clinical Training


Didactic CME/CE Trainings

These events present relevant HIV health care topics in a didactic, lecture-style format.  These trainings are typically open to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, PAs, and dentists only.  Examples:

•    Optimizing Treatment and Management of HIV/AIDS in Persons of Advanced Age
•    HIV Treatment Guidelines

Interactive Skill Building Trainings

These trainings build knowledge and skills through relevant HIV health care topics presentations especially designed for providers.  Examples:

•    Continuity of Care for Patients Returning to Mexico
•    Engagement in HIV Care:  How to Keep Patients Coming Back
•    Secondary Prevention of HIV
•    Special Needs of HIV Positive Women
•    HIV and Adolescents

Please note: CDU PAETC offers trainings on all HIV related topics.  Click here to request a training

Other Services offered by the CDU PAETC

Technical Assistance

Working with providers and/or administrators on any number of relevant healthcare topics (e.g., clinic capacity building, service system delivery issues, engagement in care, etc.)  For example, your primary care clinic would like to begin offering HIV services.  We will collaborate with local experts who will offer advice on reorganizing clinic structure to accommodate new services.  Click here to request Technical Assistance 

Clinical Consultations

Working with providers to increase clinical competence through on-site and/or telephone consultation with providers – available both for medical and mental health/substance abuse issues.  For example, you have a patient in your clinic who has a challenging substance abuse issue – you can call us for expert adviceClick here to request a Clinical Consultation