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Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine

The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine housed in the Department of Pediatrics in collaboration with psychologists/psychiatrists from the Department of Psychiatry provides primary medical and psychological care services to adolescents and young adults between the ages of 13-24 years.

We are specifically trained to address the needs of this population and provide developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, comprehensive care. Bilingual physicians and psychologists are available.

Adolescents should visit a health care provider at least once a year to ensure that growth is proceeding normally, to address issues related to puberty, to respond to questions from adolescents and their parents/legal guardians, and to provide anticipatory guidance on key health issues affecting this developmental phase . There are also several immunizations recommended during adolescence including the meningococcal vaccine (Menactra), the vaccine to protect against cervical cancer (Gardasil or Cervarix), Tetanus/diptheria/pertussis, and Varicella (chickenpox).

The Division offers several clinics/programs for this age group which include:

  1.    The Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Clinic (AYAC) – This clinic, staffed by physicians and psychologists provides comprehensive care to youth ages 13-24 and meets on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00pm-5:00pm on the 4th floor (Suite 4300) of Stroger Hospital, 1901 W. Harrison St. Appointments can be made by calling (312) 864-0200.

  2.    The Adolescent and Young Adult Clinic at CORE – This clinic, staffed by physicians, psychologists, case managers, nurses and peer buddies provides comprehensive care needs for youth who are HIV positive and meets Monday from 1:00PM to 5:30PM at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, 2020 W. Harrison St. Appointments can be made by calling (312) 572-4500.

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HIV/ STI Screening Clinic

The most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) include gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, genital warts, Chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome AIDS).

Most STIs can be treated and the CORE Center’s Screening Clinic provides diagnostic testing and on site treatment for most STIs. You can also receive counseling and information from trained health educators to help you avoid or decrease your chances of getting another STI or HIV.

The following services are offered: confidential STI screening and treatment, confidential HIV counseling and testing, and tuberculosis (TB) screening. STI and HIV services are available to persons 12 years of age or older. Parental consent is not required to receive STI and HIV services at the Screening Clinic. Walk-ins are welcome, an appointment is not necessary.

PrEP Clinic

PrEP clinic is dedicated to providing services for clients taking PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), an FDA approved daily prevention pill for HIV negative individuals, who are vulnerable to getting HIV. Services available from the PrEP Clinic include testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, Hepatitis C, syphilis and HIV; vaccinations for Hepatitis A/B, HPV and meningitis; and prescriptions for PrEP.