Ligia Peralta
Game Changers in HIV

Engaging HIV's Most Vulnerable

Ligia Peralta, M.D., lost a patient in 1987, at the height of the U.S. AIDS epidemic. But this patient wasn't like the HIV-positive people commonly featured in media or protesting in the streets at the time: She was an 18-month girl, the daughter of a family struggling to maintain access to health care.

That experience changed Peralta, who now runs a clinic in Baltimore, Maryland, where she offers an innovative one-stop model of rapid response care for people deeply affected by poverty, job displacement, and HIV. Her leadership, like her professional trajectory, is rooted in collaborating with patients to create a health care system free of judgement, barriers, or gaps. "I'm turning everything around to apply all the knowledge of my career to the community most in need," she says.

Game Changers