Special Considerations in the Management of HIV-Infected Adolescents

  • Author: Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH (More Info)
  • Section Editor: Judith S. Currier, MD, MSc
  • Editors in Chief: Daniel R. Kuritzkes, MD; Joseph J. Eron, Jr., MD
  • Last Reviewed: 11/4/21 (What's New)


  • Transitional care varies across chronic childhood diseases
  • Transition should be regarded as a process including, but distinct from, the physical movement of a patient from 1 healthcare setting to another[Blum 1993]
  • Why Transition?
    • Transition reflects the realities of the medical and psychosocial lives of youth, facilitates healthy development, and provides opportunities for more effective treatment options
    Healthcare Transition in the Context of Youth Development
      Transition of Youth With Chronic Illness
        Transition of Youth Living With HIV/AIDS
          Current State of Transitional Care for Youth Living With HIV/AIDS

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