What is the value of antiretroviral therapy in children?

  • When started early it can prevent severe damage to the immune system and thereby prevent severe, recurrent opportunistic infections.
  • If the immune system is already damaged, it allows partial recovery and lessens the risk of opportunistic infections.
  • With an improvement in the functioning of the immune system, the child will start to thrive and feel much better.
  • In the future, it is hoped that new developments in antiretroviral therapy may be able to cure HIV infection.
  • With antiretroviral therapy AIDS is a chronic, manageable disease.

Early, correct treatment of HIV infection can enable children to enjoy a good quality of life for many years.

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