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ARMS (Primary Care for HIV/AIDS)


The ARMS Clinic at Children’s Health℠ provides a comprehensive program of clinical care and research for children who are HIV-infected or HIV-exposed.

“We have a population of teens infected with HIV at birth, who are now growing up into adulthood, thanks to advances in HIV treatment.  … In addition to medical care, we work very hard to help these kids build knowledge about their disease, life skills, self-esteem, and especially the knowledge they need to prevent spreading this infection to others as they grow up.” – ;Tess Barton, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University
of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Clinical Director, ARMS Clinic, Children’s Health

While HIV-impacted families need specialized care, they have all of the same healthcare needs that other children and families have. The ARMS Clinic offers the best  solution for those impacted by HIV, by providing the highest-quality “regular” healthcare along with expert care to manage the specific challenges HIV brings.

Why Children's Health℠?

Since 1987, the ARMS Clinic has worked extensively with national HIV clinical trials, championing the ever-improving outcomes for HIV-impacted children and their families.

ARMS Clinic professionals were among the first to act in 1992, when UT and Children’s Health researchers found that a treatment protocol given to HIV-positive mothers before they delivered could allow their newborns to be HIV-free.

Today Children’s Health ARMS Clinic is a leading education center and advocate for ensuring pregnant women who are at risk are tested before they deliver, thereby dramatically reducing their child’s chances of being infected with HIV. The ARMS Clinic is a participating site for numerous federal- and industry-sponsored HIV clinical trials.

If you are interested in working with an ongoing or future clinical trial, please contact ARMS at 214-456-6500.

Services Available

In addition to meeting all of the primary healthcare needs of the HIV-impacted population – from managing vaccines to ensuring that growth and developmental milestones are reached - ARMS provides a full spectrum of support services for HIV-impacted children and families.

All of the services provided by ARMS are coordinated with community-based social service agencies and handled with all necessary confidentiality.

Primary care medical services for HIV-infected or HIV-exposed children include:

  • Immunizations
  • Developmental testing
  • Case management

Multidisciplinary support services include:

  • Child life therapy
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Social services
  • Mental health screening and counseling
  • Bilingual client advocacy

Appointments are available for:

  • Children with HIV infection
  • Children younger than 18 months who have a parent with HIV