HIV/AIDS Experts at Conference Discuss Testing, Treatment Access for Children
August 11, 2008
Many children continue to lack access to effective HIV detection programs and antiretroviral drugs, HIV/AIDS experts said Thursday at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, AFP/Google.com reports. They added that most HIV-positive women have no effective access to means of preventing mother-to-child transmission and that 30% to 40% of those women give birth to an HIV-positive infant.
Philippe Douste-Blazy, head of UNITAID, said that because of a lack of appropriate antiretrovirals for children, adult pills often are split in two or three pieces to give to children. The Clinton Foundation offers devices to cut up pills to make them easier to swallow for children. HIV/AIDS medications for children also are available in a syrup form, and some children can take a treatment that combines several treatments into one pill, according to AFP/Google.com (Courcol, AFP/Google.com, 8/7).
Kaisernetwork.org was the official webcaster of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. A webcast of a session about children is available online.
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