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Adolescent Medicine Trials Network (ATN)


Adolescent Medicine Trials Network
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HIV/AIDS remains a significant public health crisis affecting children and families throughout the United States. The District of Columbia is deeply affected by the disease with case rates remaining higher than the national average.

Children’s National Medical Center is a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN). ATN supports independent and collaborative research that emphasizes prevention and behavior change interventions targeting at-risk and HIV-infected youth.

Our Commitment to Stop the Spread of HIV/AIDS  
Studies show that youth under the age of 25 represent approximately half of new HIV diagnoses every year. Through education and research, we aim to help children and teenagers protect themselves, discover new treatment options, and promote a supportive environment for those living with HIV/AIDS. Our work also continues because:
  • Research has shown that HIV-positive youth can benefit from treatment, but research has yet to identify the most effective medications for use in teens.
  • In the interest of prevention, young adults should have the choice to participate in research concerning HIV/AIDS vaccine in humans.
Adolescent Medicine Trials Network
Children’s National is one of 14 Adolescent Medicine Trials Units (ATU) in the United States and Puerto Rico. Each ATU:
  • Enrolls and monitors participants in ATN-supported studies
  • Includes multidisciplinary, clinical staff members with HIV-care experience
  • Provides the clinical research site infrastructure to recruit ATN study participants
  • Provides guidance and counsels on the acceptability and feasibility of proposed research
  • Provides a wide array of adolescent-specific services

ATN-supported research focuses on advancing care for infected children and young adults and promising behavioral interventions, preventive products, such as microbicides, and vaccine therapies to prevent HIV infection among at-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 24.

We carry out research in community and medical settings:
  • Primary-prevention studies in the community address behavioral, physical, and/or chemical efforts to interrupt HIV transmission in uninfected populations
  • Secondary-prevention studies in medical settings examine behavior and nutrition, along with drug and other therapies, to preserve health in HIV-infected patients  
  • Tertiary-prevention studies evaluate strategies to restore patients to full or better functioning and prevent HIV transmission to others

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