Special Immunology Service
Children’s National Medical Center established the Special Immunology Service (SIS) in 1986 to meet the medical needs of children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Our mission is to diagnose HIV in children early and provide optimum care for those infected. Our team includes physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, medical case managers, nutritionists, and related providers — experts in the field who care exclusively for children.
SIS is a program of the Division of Infectious Diseases. The SIS care team works in close partnership with specialists from several divisions at Children’s National to provide comprehensive care for HIV/AIDS patients and support for their families.
As well, Children’s National is the lead agency for the District of Columbia’s network of HIV/AIDS healthcare providers. Our partners include the District of Columbia Department of Health, HIV-specific and non-HIV specific youth health programs, area hospitals, and a host of community-based organizations
We recognize that HIV affects not only the children infected, but also their families. To promote a network of social support for patients and their families, SIS has continued to expand the scope of what we do.
Our multidisciplinary approach to care combines inpatient and outpatient primary and specialty medical care, and social services for affected families. Assigned social workers and outreach staff work closely with families to anticipate and take care of their needs, from counseling to respite care.
SIS strives to provide an atmosphere that respects the values, beliefs, and needs of those we serve while advocating for prevention, education, and comprehensive care. We work very hard to accomplish our goals, and encourage you to contact us with your concerns and questions.
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