Transitioning from paediatrics to adult clinic
If you are a parent/carer of a young person living with HIV, it can be an anxious time for both of you when they move from paediatrics to adult care.
When change happens, we can sometimes feel “lost”. However, in the UK, young people living with HIV have several options to make that transition manageable to their needs. As a parent/carer, there are some things to know:
- While in paediatric care, your young person will have opportunities to discuss what an adult clinic would look like.
- It may be possible to transition from paediatric care to a youth clinic (if available in your area).
- You may be able to split the clinic appointment between paediatric and adult clinic until they are comfortable to make the full transition.
- You can access peer support (including a peer mentor attending adult clinic visits with the young person) to help with transition