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HIV / AIDS Services

Contact number | 202-476-2519

The Washington, D.C., metro area is one of the recognized “hot spots” of national HIV epidemic. Children and adolescents are part of that epidemic.

Children’s National's Special Immunology Services HIV/AIDS program, within the Division of Infectious Diseases, has been around since the early 1980s and has consistently received Ryan White funding support. 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 and provide optimal care for those living with HIV and their caregivers and families. Our team includes physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, medical case managers, nutritionist, patient navigators and related providers — all experts in the field who care exclusively for children and adolescents at risk for and affected by HIV. We also have community members including caregivers and youth affected by HIV and youth living without HIV who support our program through peer navigation groups, community advisory board and parent advisory council.  

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.

Family-Centered Care

We recognize that HIV affects our whole community including children, adolescents, young adults and their families. To promote a network of support for patients and their families, Special Immunology has continued to expand the scope of our clinical services and community outreach.

Our approach to care combines inpatient and outpatient primary and specialty medical care, alongside 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.

Special Immunology 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 hard to accomplish our goals, and encourage you to contact us with any concerns, suggestions and questions.

Related Services

  • HIV Services Mental Health Program - Emotional and behavioral problems are common among patients with HIV, so patients are routinely screened for areas of concern, and our specialists discuss recommendations for additional care with families.
  • HIV Home Care - Learn about additional care that is needed for a child with HIV in order to help him/her remain healthy.

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 voice mail 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