HIV/AIDS Preventi​on Program

Established in 1987, our HIV/AIDS Prevention Program cares for more children and adolescents than any other pediatric HIV service provider in the region. Being a part of a free-standing pediatric hospital, with many specialty services at one location, enables our program to provide a comprehensive approach to caring for HIV-impacted families. We work closely with other pediatric specialty care services including Allergy, Neurology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Endocrinology and Dentistry.

The Lurie Children’s Di​fference

Our team of specialists has extensive experience in treating pediatric and adolescent HIV and AIDS. Your child will receive top-quality care and our multidisciplinary team will develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses the needs of your child and your family. The program has an on-site laboratory certified in various HIV tests, allowing us to obtain tests faster than any other institution in the Chicago area. Our lab has become one of the top rated pediatric HIV/AIDS labs in the country. 

Our healthcare team coordinates various special activities for patients and families throughout the year, including caregiver education sessions, family fun days, special events for teens, a mentorship program matching patients with medical students and a quarterly newsletter to share information with parents. During our Community Advisory Board, parents, care givers and others from the community meet regularly to learn about clinic operations and to share their ideas and opinions.

We also offer an HIV Prevention Education Program. We are committed to stopping HIV transmission from mother to child and among adolescents, and our HIV prevention education program works within the community to reach and educate those youth most at-risk of HIV infection.

What to Ex​pect

A number of treatment options are available for children and adolescents living with HIV that prolong their lives and greatly improve the quality of their lives. There are now three different classes of anti-HIV medications available, each of which works against HIV in a different way. Most patients are treated with combination therapy which can consist of two, three or four different anti-HIV medications. These combination therapies (or "cocktails") generally include:

  • A protease inhibitor (such as Kaletra, Crixivan, Fortovase or Viracept)
  • Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (such as Sustiva or Viramune)
  • Other anti-HIV medications (such as Retrovir, Epivir, Zerit, Videx, and Abacavir)

Our healthcare team constantly strives to improve the health and lives of our patients by managing their medications, reducing drug side effects and addressing health care needs.

Our S​pecialists

Our program is led by Rob Garofalo, MD, and supported by Jennifer Kershaw, APN, NP. The program’s multidisciplinary health care team includes doctors specializing in HIV, AIDS and other infectious diseases (such as sexually transmitted diseases), as well as a child life specialist, a nutritionist , a speech therapist, a physical/occupational therapist, a developmental specialist and  a special phlebotomist. 

Make an​ Appointment

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online.


The HIV/AIDS Prevention Program is funded almost completely by grants and donations, and your support is important in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of our patients. To learn more about supporting our program, contact the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at or 312.227.7500, or make a gift today​.

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