HIV and AIDS in children

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Learn more about HIV, AIDS and the test and treatment options that are available.

Key points

  • HIV is a virus that takes over and destroys certain types of white blood cells that fight infections.
  • If left untreated, HIV weakens the immune system.
  • Children can get HIV from their mothers during pregnancy, at birth or through breastfeeding, through blood or blood products that are infected with HIV, or through infected needles or surgical equipment.
  • Many problems can be prevented if the HIV infection is caught early on.
  • Children with HIV can live healthy, normal lives if they go to their clinic regularly for health care and take their medicines as prescribed.
Last updated: December 18th 2013