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long term non progressor children
Dec 11, 2000

how long does a LTNP child remain symptom free of hiv.During the time that the LTNP child is symptom free,is it because the child takes medication,or is he symptom free without any medication.

During this so called asymptomatic period,does the child show no sign that he is sick or can the parents know or feel that the child is getting sick,without taking the hiv test.

Response from Dr. Jackson

Children who are HIV infected (HIV antibody positive after 15 months of age), but are long term nonprogressors typically do not take medication because their immune system can effectively suppress viral replication. The term "long term nonprogressor" implies that these children do not have symptoms of HIV. However, these children may eventually develop symptoms and start to have detectable HIV RNA and falling CD4 counts so these children still need to be monitored.

BJ

Brooks Jackson, M.D.


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