Deborah Royal, RN, ANP, MSN

Deborah Royal RN, ANP, MSN

Deborah Royal, RN, MS, ANP, has been a nurse practitioner at the East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC) in Oakland, California, since 2002. She is currently working on a grant, SAMSHA Integrated Mental Health and HIV Treatment Project, as the project nurse practitioner. In addition, she is involved with several community services, including the 2007 African American Health Summit Committee, Bay Area Black United Fund, Alameda County Office of AIDS Planning Council, Working Group for the Ryan White Care Act, Family Care Network Leadership Council, Infection Control Committee Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center, and the Women's Services Task Force. She is also the chair of the Prevention for Positives Task Force, Alameda County. She has a master's degree in nursing from the University of California San Francisco and a BS degree from San Francisco State University.

Peggy Macy, MSW

Peggy Macy, MSW

Peggy Macy, MSW, has worked with children and teens with HIV since 1990, serving as a clinical social worker in the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Program of Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, California. Her work with patients includes sexuality education (puberty, healthy relationships, safer sex, HIV disclosure, body image, sexual orientation, and gender identity issues), and she has developed a variety of therapeutic interventions to promote resilience. These include individual and group activities to foster hope, build self-esteem, increase understanding of HIV, manage stigma, and encourage good health decisions.

Peggy Macy has designed and led classes on the topics of prevention for positives and sexuality education for infected and affected teens at an HIV summer camp, Camp Sunburst. She also teaches a comprehensive sexuality curriculum, "Our Whole Lives," to adolescents in her community. She has given numerous talks, including presentations at national and international conferences, on issues faced by children and youth with HIV.