Cofounder, Chief LGBTQ Program
A.C. Demidont, DO, AAHIVS, is our transfeminine, queer, radical witch, cofounder, and former Chief Medical Officer. She is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases and has been certified as an HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine since 2008.
In 2016, Dr. Demidont founded Anchor Health with the mission of creating a new LGBTQ primary health care model in Connecticut and empowering queer people in all aspects of their lives. Under her guidance, we developed innovative PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) outreach and delivery models, such as TelePrEP and an Express STI Testing Program, along with groundbreaking programming for HIV treatment, STI and HIV prevention, and gender-affirming medicine.
Dr. Demidont’s other goal for Anchor Health was to create new opportunities for medical providers to learn about the unique aspects of LGBTQ health care. We are now a resource for LGBTQ medical education to the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, Yale University Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program, and the nursing programs at Sacred Heart University and Georgetown University.
What started as a dream project for Dr. Demidont with a laptop, cellphone, and stethoscope in a closet quickly grew into two full-service clinics, multiple providers, and thousands of patients, setting new benchmarks for queer medicine in Connecticut. Dr. Demidont is now a principal medical scientist for HIV prevention at Gilead Sciences, Inc., covering New England and Upstate New York. She remains on our Board of Directors.
Dr. Demidont is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Quinnipiac Medical School and serves as a member of several HIV prevention taskforces, including Connecticut’s “Getting to Zero” Commission. She lectures for the Connecticut Department of Public Health on HIV prevention strategies and the New England AIDS Education and Training Network regarding culturally competent care for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. Dr. Demidont has lectured internationally on ways to improve health care for the LGBTQ community.
As of 2021, Dr. Demidont is a featured coauthor for the medical transition chapter in the second edition of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, and the gender-affirming care chapter for the first edition of Mount Sinai’s sexual and reproductive health textbook.
Outside of the office, Dr. Demidont is a mother to four fur babies: Molly, Darwin, Ursula, and Frank. She’s an avid runner, music lover, technology enthusiast, makeup and beauty product fanatic, vocal political activist, and a militant psychic witch whose primary purpose in this life is to leave the world a little bit safer for queer people than it was when she arrived.