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treatment of infant aids
Jan 17, 2007

Is repeated (monthly )blood transfusion a treatment for an infant w AIDS or HIV symptoms. A child has preseted w several opportunistic infections including swollen lymph nodes and low white blood cell count is this symptomatic of rapid aids? Is blood transfusion an appropriate treatment for this?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

A blood transfusion isn't a treatment for HIV/AIDS, per se, but rather for low blood counts (anemia)-- a common complication among those infected with HIV.

Having a low WBC count and opportunistic infections is suggestive of rapid disease (as often occurs among children infected with HIV); the question about an AIDS diagnosis depends on the CD4 count and the type of infection. If AIDS is present, the appropriate treatment is combination antiretroviral therapy (if available) and antibiotics to prevent occurence of opportunistic infections.

Hope this helps, BY

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