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HIV/AIDS Services

Contact number | 202-476-2519

The Washington, D.C., metropolitan area is a recognized “hot spot” of the national HIV epidemic. Children and adolescents are included in this epidemic.

The Children’s National Special Immunology Services HIV/AIDS Program, within the Division of Infectious Diseases, has been around since the early 1980s and has consistently received funding support from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, named for an American teenager who contracted HIV from a blood treatment in the 1980s. We provide clinical and support services to the majority of infants, children, adolescents and young adults at risk for — and living with — HIV in the metropolitan D.C. area including suburban Maryland and Virginia.

Our mission is to:

  • Prevent HIV in our community
  • Diagnose HIV in children and adolescents as soon as possible after infection
  • Provide optimal care for those living with HIV and their caregivers and families  

Special Immunology Services is a program nested within the Division of Infectious Diseases. Our team works in close partnership with primary care community providers and specialists from multiple divisions at Children's National to provide comprehensive care for patients and support for their caregivers and families.

Children’s National is the lead pediatric and adolescent agency for the D.C. network of specialized HIV health care providers. Our partners include the regional departments of health, diverse youth health programs, area hospitals, D.C. school nursing program and an array of community-based organizations.

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Contact Us

Special Immunology Services has weekly clinic hours (in person and via telehealth) and has a 24 hours/7 days a week medical provider on-call. 

  • For general questions, referrals or information related to your child, please call 202-476-2519.
  • For prescription refills, please call 202-476-3495 – note that this is a voicemail which is checked daily. For urgent assistance with medications and refills and outside of business hours, please call 202-476-5000.
  • For urgent assistance on any other issues or to speak to a Special Immunology clinical provider directly, call 202-476-5000 and ask for Specialty Immunology on-call.

HIV/AIDS Services Team

  • Natella Rakhmanina

    Natella Rakhmanina
    Director, HIV Services & Special Immunology
    Specialist, HIV Medicine
    Investigator, Children's National Research Institute

  • Kathleen Ferrer

    Kathleen Ferrer
    Specialist, HIV Medicine
    Hospitalist, Infectious Diseases