At the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, many teens and young adults newly diagnosed with HIV believe they are going to die — until Julia Rosebush, DO, FAAP, convinces them otherwise. As medical director of the Care2Prevent (C2P) Pediatric/Adolescent HIV Program, Rosebush treats HIV-positive South Side Chicago youth facing major life challenges, such as homelessness and discrimination as members of the LGBTQ community. "Our team goes above and beyond to help our patients get what they need, from life-saving medications and stable housing to behavioral health counseling," says Rosebush. "It’s amazing to see their transformation, both mentally and physically."
C2P also provides high-risk youth with pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV transmission, and staff conducts testing for HIV and other STIs in South Side neighborhoods with a high incidence and prevalence of HIV, as well as at C2P’s drop-in center for homeless and street-based LGBTQ youth.