Lauren MacDade & Zach Reau

Lauren MacDade & Zach Reau

Lauren MacDade has worked with Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) since February 2013 as the Victim Services Coordinator, supporting LGBTQI+ survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, stalking, and hate/bias violence. She received her MSW from The Ohio State University. She has experience working as a SARNCO advocate for survivors of sexual violence, at a trauma-informed chemical dependency program for women, as a campus educator on issues related to sexual violence, and as a community empowerment based self-defense instructor. Through her role at BRAVO, she provides training’s for service providers, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, domestic violence programs. She also provides community programs on healthy relationships, consent, and safety for people living with HIV, and LGBTQI youth and adults. Lauren is a member of the Ohio LGBTQI Task Force, CHOICES Advisory Board, SARNCO-CTAP Advisory Board, Ohio State University Sexual Violence Committee, and the Ohio Family Violence Prevention Center Advisory Council.

Co-presenter Zach Reau brings years of experience working in the fields of HIV, sexual health, and PrEP/PEP. Bringing both of our professional experiences together to discuss the intersections of HIV and IPV will provide great insight and skills for participants. Zach helped establish the first PrEP clinic in Central Ohio. Currently the PrEP/PEP statewide program manager for Equitas Health for which he has given numerous community, professional, and conference presentations on HIV, sexual health, and PrEP/PEP.

Presentation: At the Intersections of HIV and Violence: New Tools to Keep Patients Healthy and Safe
Day: Thursday
Time: Breakout Session 4
Where: Delaware

Presentation Description:
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a driver of the national HIV and STI epidemics. From those disclosing their status to those unable to negotiate condom use and other safer sex options, it permeates and perpetuates a public health crisis. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs 2014 IPV report documented 26% of LGBTQIH survivors that disclosed their status were HIV positive. Additionally, women survivors of IPV are 3 times more likely to be HIV positive and more likely to have another STI. With new tools like PEP and PrEP, and sound strategies for providers and other professionals to screen their clients, we can engage those most at-risk for or suffering from IPV in meaningful healthcare with optimal results.

Presentation Objectives:
1. Know what HIV is, how it is transmitted, and who is most at-risk
2. Understand IPV (intimate partner violence) as a public health problem and how it contributes to disease transmission
3. Provide healthcare workers and social service professionals with strategies and tools to decrease IPV and disease transmission.