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Older Child
Oct 31, 2001

Thank you all your help and understanding for all of us looking for some answers.

My child was recently diagnosed. He is 10 and has been told he is heathly enough to not go on medicine at this time.

Do you have any suggestions that we can do to make sure he maintains his healthy status?

Also, he does not know about his sitauation. All of the family and friends who have been told have taken the news well and treat him like any other child. We are afraid that once others find out, they will treat him differently. Any suggestions on what to tell the child (he has been told he has a "virus")?

Thanks again for all your support.

Response from Dr. Jackson

Whether to tell a child about their HIV status is highly depedent on the individual child, family members, social situation, and the community in which they live. I suggest you seek advice from a pediatrician or physiscian who knows your family well and is familar with the social and psychological issues that arise with pediatric HIV infection.

BJ


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