December #160 : New Guides for Kids - by Laura Whitehorn

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Our Best Shot

How Stigma Kills

Hero Worship

Staying in Care

Peace of Mind

Hello, Aloe!

Tip Sheet

Fewer C's

New Guides for Kids

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Gifts that Give

Spin Cycle

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Crimson Tide


Fine(r) China

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Self-Prescribed Therapy


Editor's Letter-December 2009

Your Feedback-December 2009

GMHC Treatment Issues-December 2009

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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December 2009

New Guides for Kids

by Laura Whitehorn

For the first time in five years, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated the recommendations for preventing and treating AIDS-related complications in HIV-positive kids.

On the bright side, HIV treatment has greatly reduced the number of opportunistic infections and cancers among positive kids. But they do still occur, making these guidelines necessary.

The new guides say, for example, that children born with the virus can stop taking drugs for some opportunistic infections once they have responded to HIV meds. The older guidelines had recommended that kids stay on those extra drugs for life, to prevent a return of infections such as pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP). Now, an effective HIV combo can protect against those infections.

The new recommendations also update information on when to start taking meds, possible drug interactions and vaccinations. You can get a copy of the revised “Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Op-portunistic Infections Among HIV-Exposed and HIV-Infected Children” 
at, by calling 800.448.0440 or by writing to AIDSinfo, P.O. Box 6303, Rockville, MD 20849.

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