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children and AIDS
Feb 14, 2001

how does aids affect children?

Response from Dr. Sullivan

Most infants with HIV infection transmitted from their mothers and untreated will develop symptoms by two years of age;these symptoms include severe life threatening infections, lymphadenopathy [swollen glands], failure to thrive [poor growth], chronic oral thrush[ yeast infection in the mouth]; some children may remain asymptomatic for many years but these are a minority; all children can be diagnosed with HIV infection by a PCR test which directly detects the presence of the virus;JLS.


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