Programs & Services
At the Bill Holt Pediatric HIV Clinic, we take good care of you. We provide expert, timely treatment for babies, children and teens who have been exposed to HIV or have already tested positive.
We offer a wide range of services, including:
- Specialized medical care for babies and young people with HIV. We offer the latest HIV medications (called antiretroviral therapy) to all children with HIV. Treatment does not cure HIV, but it helps children stay healthy, reduces the amount of HIV in the body and reduces the risk of transmitting HIV to someone else in the future. We also provide periodic testing, nutritional guidance and support services.
- Post-exposure prophylaxis – for children who have been exposed to HIV. If a child has been exposed to HIV through a needle stick, sexual assault or another type of incident, we offer special medications as soon as possible to reduce the risk of HIV infection. This treatment is called post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and it’s extremely effective in preventing HIV if the child starts the medication within 72 hours after exposure.
- Rapid Start medication program – for children who are newly diagnosed with HIV. Children who’ve just received an actual HIV diagnosis can start taking a combination of antiretroviral medicines right away. Early treatment leads to better long-term outcomes, fewer heart and kidney issues and better overall health.
- Preventive medical treatment before HIV exposure. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is for young people, ages 13 to 24, who do not currently have HIV but may be exposed through unprotected sexual activity or injection drug use. We offer medicines that reduce their risk of HIV infection, plus health and safety education. Funding is available for young people who do not have insurance.
- Consultations for pregnant women with HIV – and seamless care for at-risk newborns. Expectant mothers who are HIV positive can schedule a visit to discuss their baby’s health. Although they receive their prenatal care elsewhere, we provide important information about how women can reduce the risk of HIV transmission during pregnancy, delivery and beyond. We also offer specialized care and testing for newborns immediately after birth.
Our nutritionist monitors growth measures for all our children and is available with advice and tips on how to encourage children and families to eat foods that will support their medical treatment.
Support groups and retreats for children and families
Through groups, retreats and fun activities, young people with HIV can interact with each other in a positive, supportive environment. Parents can also attend family support groups.
Clinical trials to advance HIV care and treatment
To help our young patients and advance our overall knowledge about HIV care, we conduct research and clinical trials.
Community advocacy – We spread the word about HIV care and prevention
Our team members work closely with community agencies to access and enhance services for patients with HIV and their families. We talk in schools and to local youth groups about HIV risk and prevention. We also partner with Positively You, an online program where young people with HIV can communicate, support each other and learn about low-cost or free medical services. The Bill Holt Pediatric HIV Clinic receives support from the Federal Ryan White Part D Program.