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  • Children

    This factsheet provides some practical information that you might find useful if you are the parent or carer of an HIV-positive child.With the right treatment...

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  • HIV & children

    This booklet provides information about treatment and care for HIV-positive children. ...

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  • HIV: The power of positive thinking

    At 12, Lisa was told that the 'vitamin pills' she'd been taking all her life were in fact antiretroviral drugs. Then she learnt that the woman she thought was her mother was really her aunt; her mother had died of Aids when she was four. She struggled to cope. Now 19, she's helping other young people with HIV to face the future.

    15 April 2014 | The Independent
  • The Eastern Cape cancer mystery

    Many Eastern Cape children infected with HIV at birth are developing AIDS-defining cancers as they reach adulthood, but HIV is unlikely to be the only driver of the what haematologists suspect is an inexplicably high concentration of blood cancers in the province.

    27 February 2014 | Health-e
  • Youth born with HIV may have higher heart disease risk, NIH network study shows

    Researchers advise reducing risk through diet, exercise, not smoking.

    25 February 2014 | National Institutes of Health (press release)
  • Older children with HIV may need to start treatment sooner to normalize future CD4 count

    Although younger children with HIV are at high risk of disease progression if not treated, new research published this week in PLOS Medicine indicates that they have good potential for achieving high CD4 counts in later life provided antiretroviral therapy (ART) is initiated according to current treatment guidelines. However, the research also suggests that the recommended CD4 count thresholds for ART initiation are unlikely to maximize immunological health in children who have never received ART before the age of ten years.

    30 October 2013 | EurekAlert
  • Three Students Got Kicked Out Of An Arkansas Public School Because They Might Be HIV-Positive

    A public school district in Arkansas has removed three siblings from school because administrators suspect they may be infected with HIV, according to a local disability rights organization. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, public schools may not ban children simply based on their HIV status.

    17 September 2013 | Think Progress
  • Midwife sacked over HIV disclosures defends right to blow whistle

    A midwife who was sacked after revealing that foster parents were not being told that children had HIV has defended her right to “whistleblow” on the practice.

    17 September 2013 | Daily Telegraph
  • South Africa: Explaining ARV Treatment to Children Is Hard

    Parents find it difficult to tell children that they are HIV-positive and explain to them the antiretroviral treatment they must take to remain healthy, a study has found.

    31 July 2013 | AllAfrica
  • Maternal abacavir, smoking tied to heart markers in HIV-exposed kids

    HIV-exposed but uninfected (HEU) children of HIV-positive mothers who took abacavir, smoked, or drank alcohol had elevated levels of cardiac biomarkers that could signal heart trouble, according to analysis of the US Pediatric HIVAIDS Cohort Study (PHACS). The study also linked cardiac biomarkers to some echocardiographic abnormalities.

    07 May 2013 | International AIDS Society
  • Anti-HIV therapy appears to protect children's hearts, NIH network study shows

    For children who have had HIV-1 infection since birth, the combination drug therapies now used to treat HIV appear to protect against the heart damage seen before combination therapies were available, according to researchers.

    23 April 2013 | National Institutes of Health (press release)
  • UNITAID and TB Alliance call for more action against childhood tuberculosis

    In spite of an estimated 500,000 new annual cases of children with tuberculosis (TB), there are no appropriate medicines for them, UNITAID and the TB Alliance warn.

    20 March 2013 | UNITAID
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