Special Immunology Programs, the Pediatric, Adolescent and Family HIV/AIDS programs and services at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, provide appropriate medical, social and educational services to all persons at risk for HIV infection. The multi-department program has set three major areas of service:
- Highly specialized clinical care and comprehensive psycho-social care for HIV infected/affected patients and family members through the Special Immunology Family and Adolescent Clinics.
- Innovative HIV/AIDS prevention education and outreach to patients, families, employees and especially adolescents through the Adolescent Peer HIV Education Program and the Adolescent HIV Initiative.
- Clinical and social research toward the prevention of and the effective medical treatment for HIV infection.
Clinical care services
Special Immunology offers two clinical care services:
- The Family Clinic serves infants, children and teens. Infected caregivers receive care as well through a partnership with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
- The Adolescent HIV Clinic serves HIV infected and at risk youth ages 12 to 24. Both provide comprehensive, inter-disciplinary primary and/or consultative care.
Both the Family and Adolescent Clinics are sites for NIH sponsored clinical and pharmaceutical research providing patients with the new and better treatments and immune-based therapies. Team physicians, nurses and social workers communicate with referring physicians and agencies to coordinate care and provide linkages to other community services available to patients and families.