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Children and AIDS


Science News (07/30/88) Vol. 134, No. 5, P. 72

James Oleske, a researcher in Newark, N.J., reports that he is seeing an increasing number of pediatric AIDS cases passed on perinatally--from early pregnancy through time of birth--from mothers who are not intravenous drug users but have been infected by high-risk males. Oleske feels other areas of the country will see the same problems. Blood transfusions formerly were the leading cAUse of pediatric AIDS. Of 828 U.S. perinatal cases reported through July 11, 391 were reported in the last 12 months, according to Centers for Disease Control figures. Oleske says that from 10,000 to 20,000 children will develop AIDS by 1991. Oleske says he and other researchers are excited by early results in a study of the drug AZT on children with the disease. Other researchers plan to treat infected women with the drug during the third trimester of pregnancy.


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