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New Generation Faces Its Own HIV Struggles

August 14, 2012

Children born with HIV who are coming of age face unique challenges: drug resistance, access to care, stigma, uncertainty about when to disclose their status to a partner, and concern about the virus' long-term effects on their bodies.

Dr. Laura Hoyt, a pediatric specialist at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, said the risk of developing drug resistance is higher in kids who are born HIV-positive because they typically have been taking medications much longer than people diagnosed with HIV as adults. But according to Dr. Lynne Mofenson, chief of the Pediatric, Adolescent, and Maternal AIDS Branch at the National Institutes of Health, few studies have examined the long-term effects of HIV and the drugs used to treat it.

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