Young Adult Clinic
Young people living with HIV face unique challenges. With high rates of homelessness and substance abuse, compounded by the usual hurdles of adolescent psychosocial development, HIV-infected young adults are exceptionally difficult to maintain in clinical programs. Recognizing the need for innovative approaches to care for this high-risk group, the HIV Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital used youth peer consultants to develop a Young Adult Clinic.
Our program is designed to provide a clinic home for HIV-infected young adults, offering a clinic setting that is comfortable for younger individuals, as well as social opportunities and facilitated group discussions. Our aim is to engage young patients during this critical period of transition, and ensure their smooth transition to adulthood as partners in their own healthcare.
For more information, contact Ted Ruel, MD at RuelT@peds.ucsf.edu .