Tony Silvestre, PhD (Co-Founder)
Co-Founder, Center for LGBT Health Research
Dr. Silvestre’s research focuses on HIV prevention, particularly infection, compliance with safer-sex recommendations, and rates of infection among gay men. Dr. Silvestre is a co-investigator for the Pitt Men’s Study, which since 1983 has been characterizing the natural history of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome in gay and bisexual men. In addition, he is directing the HIV Care and Prevention Project, which is studying HIV-prevention knowledge, attitudes, and access to service of people at risk of HIV infection, and of HIV experts throughout the state. This study, using focus groups and interviews, and funded by the CDC and state Department of Health, is being used to develop an HIV-prevention plan for Pennsylvania. Dr.Silvestre also is an associate director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for LGBT Health and Wellness. The Center’s focus is encouraging research among its members, consulting with University faculty interested in including sexual orientation in their research, and mentoring students. Dr. Silvestre has an ongoing project archiving materials from the Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorities. He also co- teaches a course on public health and diversity. He teaches a course on Diversity and Public Health and co-directs the School’s Certificate Program in LGBT Health. He is an ordained teacher in a Vietnamese Zen school led by Thich Nhat Hanh and teaches Mindfulness Meditation as a Self-Care Technique for helping professionals and is the Director of the Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies at the University.