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Children Untreated
Oct 20, 2012

How long does a child born with HIV begin to show symptoms if they are left untreated because the parents had no knowledge that the mother was positive? What is the survival rate of a child like that?

Response from Dr. Young

Hi and thanks for posting.

Just like with adults, there's no way to predict if or when a particular child develops symptoms of HIV. Most will develop symptoms if not treated within a few years of life.

The only way to know about the child's health is to get into care, get tested and when appropriate, get treatment.

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