Podcast: A Physician's Perspective

Narita Ghumman

Which physicians are best equipped to talk to adolescents about sex? Some pediatricians may be hesitant to address sexual health with a young person, but Dr. Colleen Lane’s field of work allows her to help teens with this transition into adulthood. As a physician specializing in HIV care, Dr. Lane shares her knowledge in working with young people in a clinic setting. Tune in to hear how chronic diseases, like HIV, can affect youth development and why African American women, in particular, need to be empowered with PrEP.

Guest Bio

Dr. Colleen Lane is a physician in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, as well as an expert in HIV care. She works at Whitman-Walker Health, a federally qualified health center, in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lane specializes in treating underserved populations, including patients living with HIV, transgender patients, and adolescents. Dr. Lane has a special interest in women’s health and HIV prevention and treatment efforts aimed at adolescent and young women.

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Many young women find out they're HIV positive and pregnant, a population that we don't talk a lot about.
Dr. Colleen Lane

About the Organization

Established in 1978, Whitman-Walker Health is a nonprofit, community health center serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Through four sites, Whitman-Walker Health offers primary medical and dental care; mental health and addictions counseling and treatment; HIV education, prevention, and testing; legal services; and medical adherence case management. Whitman-Walker Health is committed to providing the highest quality, culturally competent health care serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care. This community health center has expertise in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and HIV care.

Show Notes

[1:13] How Dr. Lane focuses her work on the whole person

[3:10] What works best in treating youth at risk for HIV

[5:27] Promotion of HIV education and prevention at Whitman-Walker Health

[6:55] Successful strategies for empowering youth to know their HIV status

[8:57] Bridging the gap in African American women's HIV care

[12:02] PrEP as part of a preventative toolbox

[13:23] Dr. Lane’s vision for adolescent health and HIV prevention and treatment

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"It really takes multiple touches with the health care system to build trust with a young person."
Dr. Colleen Lane
Page last updated: April 2018