Children, Adolescents & AIDS

Children, Adolescents & AIDS

Children, Adolescents & AIDS

Children, Adolescents & AIDS

Synopsis

'Children, Adolescents, and AIDS' is the report of the American Psychological Association task force on pediatric AIDS. It is the first study to address a wide range of medical, psychological, social, legal, and ethical issues confronting young patients and their families.

Excerpt

Pediatric human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is a complex, nationwide problem encompassing medical, psychosocial, legal, and ethical issues. Despite the fact that as of March 1988 there were over 900 cases of pediatric HIV infection reported in the United States (1.5% of all reported cases), the rate of increase of new cases among children actually exceeds that among adults. The same is true in adolescents, among whom 250 cases have been reported. To date, 40 states have reported at least one case of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in a child, and there is no doubt that, shortly, virtually every state will as well.

This chapter provides an overview of the epidemiology, the routes of transmission, and the distinct clinical features of AIDS in children. It includes discussions of ongoing research into the natural history of pediatric AIDS, current treatment modalities, and avenues for prospective . . .

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