Transitioning HIV-infected Children and Adolescents into Adult Care: An Italian Real-life Experience

Ambra Righetti, Roberta Prinapori, Loredana Nulvesu, Laura Fornoni, Claudio Viscoli, Antonio Di Biagio

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Abstract

As young people living with HIV age, transition to adult care is increasingly required. The aim of our study was to describe how a care transition program was developed in an HIV adult clinic in Genoa, Italy. This is a descriptive study including 45 HIV-infected patients who participated in the transition process from a pediatric unit to an adult Infectious Diseases Unit, which started in 2000. A dedicated day, patient-customized environment, psychological support, and all health services in one site were provided. In 2014, a survey form was created to investigate the efficacy of the transition. At survey compilation time, 38 patients (84.4%) were retained in care, 2 were lost to follow-up, 2 were transferred to another adult clinic, and 3 had died. We highlight the importance of planning the transition process and the role of the interprofessional team to guarantee a successful transition for HIV-infected children and adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)652-659
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2015

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Antiretroviral therapy
  • Children
  • HIV
  • Transition in care
  • Vertical HIV transmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Medicine(all)

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