Sergio Velasquez (pronouns: he, him, él) joined APLA Health in May 2021 as the Biomedical HIV Prevention Program Manager, supervising the PrEP Express PrEP navigation program. Later that year, in October 2021, Sergio was promoted to Clinic Director for OUT HERE at APLA Health in Baldwin Hills. In this role, Sergio will work to ensure all patients are able to receive sexual health services in a safe and affirming environment with an intentional focus on promoting access to LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities.
Sergio began his career in HIV advocacy and activism while an undergraduate student at UC San Diego, where he earned his B.Sc. in Human Biology. There, Sergio participated in several LGBTQ+ student organizations, leading discussions on important topics for queer and transgender students. After leaving UC San Diego, Sergio began his professional career in HIV services in San Diego, gaining experience as an HIV counselor, linkage-to-care and PrEP coordinator, medical case manager, and transgender health counselor. Sergio was also actively involved in San Diego’s HIV prevention community at large, serving as co-chair of the HIV Youth Leadership Council and Ambassador for the CDC’s “Let’s Stop HIV Together!” Campaign.