As HIV infection in childhood and adolescence has evolved from a terminal to a chronic illness, new challenges are posed for both medical and psychosocial teams serving these clients. Although specialized programs for transition to adult care have been reported for persons with cystic fibrosis, diabetes mellitus, sickle cell disease, and other chronic illnesses, there are few published reports of integral programs designed to transition adolescents who were infected with HIV during the adolescent period to adult HIV services. This article describes a model of transition from a University-based, federally funded adolescent HIV program to adult HIV services, addresses barriers to transition, and provides strategies and recommendations for improving adherence to the transition process.
- Clinical protocols
- Health transition
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health