St. Christopher's Section of Immunology provides services for children with known or suspected immunodeficiency disorders including HIV/AIDS. The section includes the Primary Immunodeficiency Program, the Out-Patient Management of IV Therapies Program, Dorothy Mann Center for Pediatric and Adolescent HIV.
The Primary Immunodeficiency Program provides specialty care for infants, children, and teens with suspected and known primary immunodeficiency. Included in our patient population are patients with Chronic Granulomatous Disease, Bruton's Agammaglobulinemia, DiGeorge Syndrome and Job's Syndrome among others. Assistance with providing home intravenous immunoglobulin is provided for our patients. Our medical team is available for telephone consultation for primary care providers who may suspect that a patient has immunodeficiency and will assist in setting up an appointment.
The Section also manages children who are on home intravenous therapies, with coordination, troubleshooting, and assessment of progress. Section staff are available for consultation and management for pediatric and adolescent patients who are prescribed home therapy for acute and chronic conditions. Ideally, we will make contact with these patients prior to discharge, but services are available at any point.
The Dorothy Mann Center provides primary and specialty HIV/AIDS care in a patient-centered medical home model for HIV exposed newborns, for HIV positive infants, children, and teens, and their HIV affected family members. Consultation and treatment for high risk for HIV exposures, including the prescription of regimens for non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis (nPEP) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) are provided on site from our team. Through Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funding, the program provides program provides case management, mental health services, psycho-educational groups, and assistance with negotiating the HIV/AIDS services available in the city.
In addition, program staff are available to assist:
- Designing HIV prevention programs, with questions involving the use of HIV testing in primary care settings, assistance with HIV positive post-test counseling, and for newly positive HIV patients.
- Access to clinical trials for HIV positive and high risk for HIV patients.
- Through funding from Gilead FOCUS, a national multi-center program to increase the rates of routine testing in health care settings, staff are available to travel to providers offices to provide training and technical assistance around implementation of HIV testing programs in their offices.
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has highly qualified experts who are specially trained to work with the individual and unique needs of infants and pediatric patients. The team is led by Daniel Conway, MD, Chief, Section of Immunology. To view a list of our specialists, click here.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (215) 427-5284 or click here to visit our other locations.