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HIV Program

Pediatric, Youth and Family HIV Program

Connecticut Children’s Pediatric, Youth and Family HIV Program is nationally recognized for its care of infants, children and young adults who have been exposed to or infected with HIV. Our infectious disease specialists evaluate and track children who were perinatally exposed to HIV and provide care for HIV-infected children, adolescents and young adults.

Medical Case Management

Families affected by HIV have the support of medical case managers who provide comprehensive and culturally sensitive care and medical treatment. Medical case managers provide initial assessments for new patients at our pediatric and youth HIV clinics, then coordinate a multidisciplinary team of infectious disease specialists, specially trained registered nurses, dietitians, social workers, and HIV medication pharmacists to develop a detailed service plan that fits the individual needs of the patient and family.

Youth Support Groups

Teens involved with the family support program are invited to attend monthly support group meetings at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Group meetings are activity-based and strive to generate non-threatening opportunities for HIV-infected youth to get to know each other. The support group encourages social engagement and participation in activities while creating a safe environment that fosters teamwork and communication.

HIV Education

Connecticut Children’s works closely with greater Hartford community and state agencies to prevent the spread of HIV by promoting safer sex practices and increase awareness and knowledge of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

 

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