Infectious Diseases Clinical Program

Additional Resources

HIV Testing and Counseling for At-Risk Infants and Children

Children whose mothers are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS should be tested for HIV. Newborns and infants who are at risk for HIV are followed in our Screening Clinic until final status is determined. These infants receive an initial evaluation at 2-3 weeks, then at 6 weeks and at 4, 6, 12, and 15 months. Primary care, including anticipatory guidance and immunizations is offered to them during these visits. Children ages 2–13 receive a physical exam and HIV testing. When HIV testing occurs, a subsequent appointment for the Counseling Clinic is scheduled for informing the caregiver of test results.

Neuropsychological Screening and Evaluation

The Mailman Center for Child Development: Developmental Services Program provides neuropsychological evaluation and intervention services to HIV infected children and their families. Evaluation services include a developmental screening for all HIV infected infants/children/youth to determine the need for a more comprehensive evaluation during the year, and the need to conduct comprehensive developmental evaluations, physical therapy evaluations, and speech/language/oral motor evaluations for infected children, especially those with possible developmental delays. Their testing outcomes are formulated into recommendations that are directed to referrals for educational placements, developmental services and psychiatric care. Children diagnosed with delays are referred to early intervention programs. For additional information please contact Elizabeth Willen, Ph.D., at 305-243-6562.

State of Florida: Children’s Medical Services

Children’s Medical Services provides nursing case management services to 130 infants, children and youth with HIV disease. Care coordination across multiple specialty pediatric services promotes better health outcomes and enhances the quality of life for patients and their families. For additional information on CMS, please” click here.”:http://www.cms-kids.com/

Ryan White Title IV Miami Family Care Program

The Miami Family Care Program (MFCP), funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Ryan White Title IV Program, is administered through the University of Miami (UM) Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease & Immunology. It assists HIV-infected women, children, youth and their families in accessing HIV services, reducing mother-child transmission of the disease, and linking medical and support services with research programs.

Division of Adolescent Medicine

Provides primary and special HIV health care, psychosocial support, recreational activities, and specialized care coordination services to meet the unique needs of adolescents and their affected families. The Adolescent Counseling and Testing Site provides free HIV & STD testing, conducts educational programs for at-risk youth and identifies and links HIV-infected youth to medical services. For more information, call Alex Moreno, MA, Coordinator, at 305-243-3942.

UM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Division of Women’s Research

Provides primary and specialty (gynecological and obstetrical) care for HIV-infected women. Health care services for women with children are coordinated with Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and mental health and psychosocial services are provided by social workers or through referrals to UM Department of Psychiatry or other community agencies. Partners and family members of HIV-infected women can receive HIV counseling and testing, early intervention services, and referrals to appropriate health care providers. For more information, call Jonell Potter, PhD, ARNP, Maternal/Child Coordinator, at 305-243-2173.

UM Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Provides medication adherence interventions and mental health services, including individual psychiatric and psychological evaluation and individual, couple and family therapy for HIV-infected women, children, youth and their affected family members. Services are available through the Healing Place and JMH Children’s Illness Clinic. For more information, call Lourdes Illa, MD, director, at 305-355-7077.