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HIV Prevention and Treatment Program

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 HIV Prevention and Treatment 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  

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 healthcare 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

The HIV Prevention and Treatment Program 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 HIV Prevention and Treatment Program clinical provider directly, call 202-476-5000 and ask for HIV Prevention and Treatment Program on-call.

HIV Prevention and Treatment Program Team

  • Natella Rakhmanina

    Natella Rakhmanina
    Director, HIV Prevention and Treatment Program
    Specialist, HIV Medicine

  • Kathleen Ferrer

    Kathleen Ferrer
    Specialist, HIV Medicine
    Hospitalist, Infectious Diseases

  • Adeline (Wei Li) Koay

    Wei Li Koay
    Infectious Diseases Specialist
    Specialist, HIV Medicine

  • Lorato Anderson

    Lorato Anderson

  • Gretchen Cruz-Figueroa

    Gretchen Cruz-Figueroa
    Psychologist, HIV Prevention and Treatment Program

  • Children's National Hospital

    Simba Kapfumvuti

  • Nara Lee

    Nara Lee
    Social Work Team Lead

  • Emily Sine

    Emily Sine
    Social Worker

  • Shannen Tunstall

    Shannen Tunstall
    Social Worker

  • Suzanne Bruels

    Suzanne K. Bruels
    Clinical Dietitian IV

  • Children's National Hospital

    Khadijah Abdullah
    Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

  • Children's National Hospital

    Olubukola Awofeso
    Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

  • Garnette Mason

    Garnette Mason
    Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

  • Olivia Munger

    Olivia Munger
    Program Lead

  • Children's National Hospital

    Justin Unternaher
    Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

  • Kimberley Bright

    Kimberly Bright
    Registered Nurse

  • Joanna Meyers

    Joanna Mareuil
    Nurse Practitioner, HIV Prevention and Treatment Program

  • Children's National Hospital

    Tierra Williams
    Nurse Practitioner

  • Children's National Hospital

    Kenneth Stallings
    HIV Peer Navigator