Infectious Diseases

Our service population reflects the overall demographics of the HIV epidemic in Alabama—an over-representation of African-Americans and low-income families with few resources. We expect that the number of youth and women we serve will continue to increase. With that projection, our goal is to make our comprehensive care available to even more women of childbearing age, pregnant women and their families through our partnerships with Ryan White funded clinics, AIDS service organizations, health departments and community advocates.

Our Staff
The Family Clinic conducts clinics each week to serve specific client populations. Medical and research professionals are present or available at each clinic session. In addition to physicians and nurses specializing in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, women's health and HIV/AIDS, our staff includes:

  • Counselors/Psychologists - These professionals help patients and families cope with the issues of living with a chronic disease.
  • Nutritionists are on hand to provide instruction about the nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Pharmacists—The pharmacist provides instruction about medications and their purpose.
  • A social worker is available to assist

In addition to The Family Center at Children's of Alabama, UAB operates a second clinic in Montgomery.Visits at both sites are included in these statistics.

Location
Children's Harbor Building, Room 308
Referral appointments: 205-934-2441


Scope of service
Outpatient Infectious Diseases Clinic and Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Consult Service, diagnosis and treatment of all childhood infectious diseases, evaluation of prolonged fevers, monitoring antibiotic use, etc.

Inpatient General Pediatrics Service
Treatment of pediatric illnesses requiring hospitalization, including asthma, skin infections, pneumonia, and chronic medical conditions, among others

Research
Main emphasis in pathogenesis, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of prenatal and perinatal viral infections.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Testing/Training/Education
We conduct outreach HIV testing programs specifically targeted to women of color in low income housing. We also provide training and education programs and support groups to address the impact of HIV/AIDS on women, youth and children.

The Ryan White Care Act
The Family Clinic provides services under the Alabama Ryan White Title IV Program. Title IV of the Ryan White CARE Act funds healthcare and services for infants, children, adolescents and women affected by HIV/AIDS.