Outpatient care is also available for children and teens with HIV/AIDS. Comer Children's is one of only three sites in Chicago that receives government funding through the National Institutes of Health. As a result of these funds, the University of Chicago Medicine has provided comprehensive HIV care for more than 400 children and adults. In addition, our WATCH (Women's Access to Comprehensive HealthCare) Program makes a full range of vital medical services available to teens and adult women who are exposed to HIV.
Since 1990, our Pediatric and Adolescent HIV Care Team has provided comprehensive medical and social services to children and teens affected by HIV. Our outpatient HIV clinic provides state-of-the-art medical care using a coordinated team approach. This includes timely, accurate diagnosis of HIV as well as the latest treatment options for young people with the disease. Our expertise in the newest combination therapies for patients can help control the disease and help many young people lead normal lives as they grow older.
Comprehensive care is also available for pregnant women with HIV. With appropriate medical care, a pregnant woman with HIV has a less than 2 percent chance of delivering a child with HIV infection. Care and counseling is also available to reduce the risk of HIV during breastfeeding.
Confidential HIV counseling, testing, and support groups for adolescents with HIV are also available. We provide HIV education through formal monthly health education sessions. In addition, three support groups are available. Two of the support groups meet monthly and are geared toward caregivers, affected family members, youth, and young adults. The third support group is a weekly support group held for HIV-positive women.