Re-Engage in Care!
If you are HIV positive (i.e. test positive for HIV), you can access care via Lurie Children’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program. Established in 1987, the HIV/AIDS Prevention Program cares for more children and adolescents than any other pediatric HIV service provider in the region.
A number of treatment options help to prolong and greatly improve the quality of lives for those living with HIV. Benefit include:
- HIV treatment reduces the amount of HIV in your blood (aka your viral load). Keeping the viral load as low as possible (aka undetectable) keeps the immune system functioning. This prevents severe illnesses and keeps you healthy.
- When a person on HIV treatment reaches an undetectable viral load, this also prevents sexual transmission of HIV to others. This is referred to undetectable = untransmissible.
- Taking HIV treatment as prescribed decreases the risk of developing drug resistance. Drug resistance can make future treatment more difficult.
To schedule an HIV/AIDS Treatment appointment:
Lurie Children’s can support with the navigating/applying for public benefits (e.g. SNAP, SSI, insurance, etc.) as well as medication assistance programs (e.g. ADAP or Gilead Advancing Access) if eligible. Lurie Children’s also offers individual supportive counseling, as well as groups for young adults living with HIV. The Young Adults Group is a supportive environment for teens and young adult patients of the Lurie Children’s SID Clinic. The group is a safe space where we discuss shared experiences/challenges, mental health, isolation, stigma, disclosure, self-esteem, goals, community, relationships, personal growth, etc. We meet at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month for an hour on Zoom. The group is open to anyone living with HIV that attends the SID clinic.
For more information, please contact Ben Ellenson, LCSW, at 312.227.6283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.