University of South Florida

The University of South Florida (USF) Pediatric/Adolescent HIV Program has been part of the Adolescent Trials Network (ATN) since 2001. Our program serves as a comprehensive research consortium for HIV clinical, behavioral, and community-based research for adolescents and young adults (AYA) with or at risk for HIV infection. We are recognized as a regional center for excellence. We leverage a range of local, state, and national funding to provide comprehensive, patient-centered services to AYA and maintain an experienced, multidisciplinary team that collaborates closely with youth and community organizations to tailor services to their needs.

Meet The Project Lead(s)

Patricia Emmanuel, MD

Principal Investigator

2 Tampa General Circle, 5th Floor
Tampa,  FL 33606

Lisa Sanders, MD

Co-Project Lead

Carina Rodriguez, MD

Co-Project Lead

Meet The Team

About University of South Florida

The USF Pediatric/Adolescent Infectious Diseases HIV Program began in 1990 and is currently under the direction of Dr. Carina Rodriguez, one of our ATN site’sProject Leads. Our program is a regional center of excellence and the only comprehensive HIV care center for children and adolescents in West Central Florida. Following a multidisciplinary, patient-centered medical care model, the program serves infants, children, adolescents, and young adults exposed to or living with HIV in the Tampa Bay region and surrounding areas at three fully equipped clinic locations. Services include linkage to care, on-site testing, rapid initiation of antiretroviral therapy, primary and specialty medical care, immunizations, mental health, and substance misuse assessment and counseling, and medical and non-medical case management. The Program offers access to clinical research as part of ATN and multiple sponsored clinical trials including behavioral, psychosocial, and therapeutic studies leveraging its community presence through collaborations with the Florida Department of Health and other community agencies.

In response to the evolving needs of AYA, we developed the Ybor Youth Clinic, a storefront clinic in Tampa that, in collaboration with our local department of health and community partners, provides free HIV and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment to AYA ages 13-24 years. Our Youth Advisory Board serves to inform all aspect of our mission, to provide high quality, innovative, compassionate, and non-judgmental health care services to ALL youth ages 13 to 24 in an environment tailored to their specific and unique needs. Inspired by our community, we work throughout the Tampa Bay region to empower youth and help end the epidemic.

YYC/Teen Connect Quarterly Newsletter Fall 2023

Related Protocols

Protocol NumberName
ATN 164Screen 2 Prevent (S2P)/atn-164
ATN 166Combatting HIV Or Other STIs Early (CHOOSE)/atn-166
ATN 168HIV And Pregnancy Prevention in Youth (HAPPY) - Steps 1, 2 and 3/atn-168
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Team Members

Elizabeth Bruce, MD, CRA- USF

ATN Project Director

Amanda Morton, BSN, RN CRA – USF

Clinical Study Coordinator

Cheri Mitchell, MPH, CPH

Outreach Coordinator

Mariah Burch, BSN, RN, CRA -USF

Clinical Study Coordinator

Reed Ryan, APRN

Clinical Team

Alicia Marion, APRN

Clinical Team

Amayvis Garcia, CMA, CRA-USF

Clinical Study Coordinator


YBOR Youth Clinic

Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County

Metro Inclusive Health

Epic/Empath Health

Tampa General Hospital