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can not understand asymptomatic children with hiv
Dec 11, 2000

children who are asymptomatic,do they take any kind of medication at all or do they live their normal life without showing any sign of disease,or disease progression.

another question concerning the so called long term surviving children,do these children go on to live till 12 years of age without taking any medication and without showing any symptom of disease at all,or do they show mild symptoms (visual to the parents)during their 12 years.

Response from Dr. Jackson

There are some children and adults whose immune system is very effective at suppressing viral replication to undetectable levels in the absence of any medication. These children can in fact live to 12 years of age without any symptoms whatsoever. Some of these children eventually do develop symptoms, but there may be a few who may never develop symptoms. We just have to wait and see.

BJ

Brooks Jackson, M.D.


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