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)


  • Ending provider-patient relationships sustained over many years may be challenging for providers as well as for patients[Michaelis 2009; Vijayan 2009]
  • Effective communication between pediatric and adult providers about the transition process is essential[Rusley 2009]
  • Triggers for transition include age, geographic movement of patients or providers, adult medical needs, and logistical issues related to healthcare systems

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