Having a child with known or suspected HIV infections is a life-changing event. Our HIV/AIDS clinic at Children's Hospital provides children and their families with the best opportunity for managing the disease and living a healthy life. Our testing and treatment services include:
- HIV screening, typically over the first year of a babies life.
- Monitoring medications such as AZT
- Treatment and regular clinic visits for children with confirmed HIV
- Working with primary care doctors to improve care
- Family resources such as social workers, case managers, and researchers
Our clinic operates on a referral-only basis. Patients in our clinic have already been seen by a pediatrician or primary care doctor and have been referred to us for additional patient care.
We work very closely with other clinics and programs within the Division of Infectious Diseases to ensure HIV infected children get the best possible care. Your child will receive treatment from experienced doctors, residents, fellows, and nurses who are on the leading edge of HIV/AIDS research.
Our HIV clinic is also linked to the Comprehensive Care Center to provide superior care for pregnant HIV-infected mothers. With proper care, the risk of a child with an HIV-positive mother becoming infected is rare; however, we carefully follow these children until their status is determined.
Our HIV/AIDS team works one-on-one with patients to provide a customized plan for noninvasive, invasive, laboratory, and outpatient services.
- Complete physical exam
Invasive services (to be determined by attending physician):
- Venipuncture for lab work
- Nasal/rectal swabs for cultures
- Wound/abscess swab for culture
- Lumbar puncture
- IV access for antibiotic infusions
- Skin tests
Most tests are completed at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center lab. Some specialty tests are outsourced.
Vanderbilt is a teaching hospital. Clinical fellows, residents, medical students, and nurse practitioner students who have a vested interest in pediatric HIV/AIDS see patients first. The attending physician will follow up.
The clinic team includes an attending physician, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist/case manager, and social worker.
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