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Research Conducted at Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Has Updated Our Knowledge about HIV/AIDS
Staff Writer
August 5, 2013


2013 AUG 5 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Investigators publish new report on Immune System Diseases and Conditions. According to news reporting originating from Bethesda, Maryland, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "The global paediatric HIV epidemic is shifting into a new phase as children on antiretroviral therapy (ART) move into adolescence and adulthood, and face new challenges of living with HIV. UNAIDS reports that 3.4 million children aged below 15 years and 2 million adolescents aged between 10 and 19 years have HIV."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, "Although the vast majority of children were perinatally infected, older children are combined with behaviourally infected adolescents and youth in global reporting, making it difficult to keep track of their outcomes. Perinatally HIV-infected adolescents (PHIVA) are a highly unique patient sub-population, having been infected before development of their immune systems, been subject to suboptimal ART options and formulations, and now face transition from complete dependence on adult caregivers to becoming their own caregivers. As we are unable to track long-term complications and survival of PHIVA through national and global reporting systems, local and regional cohorts are the main sources for surveillance and research among PHIVA. This global review will utilize those data to highlight the epidemiology of PHIVA infection, treatment challenges and chronic disease risks."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Unless mechanisms are created to count and separate out PHIVA outcomes, we will have few opportunities to characterize the negative consequences of life-long HIV infection in order to find ways to prevent them."

For more information on this research see: The changing epidemiology of the global paediatric HIV epidemic: keeping track of perinatally HIV-infected adolescents. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 2013;16():1-8. Journal of the International AIDS Society can be contacted at: Int Aids Society, Avenue De France 23, Geneva, 1202, Switzerland. (BioMed Central - www.biomedcentral.com/; Journal of the International AIDS Society - www.jiasociety.org)

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A.H. Sohn, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Natl Inst Child Hlth & Hum, Maternal & Pediat Infect Dis Branch, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, United States (see also Immune System Diseases and Conditions).

Keywords for this news article include: Bethesda, Maryland, HIV/AIDS, Pediatrics, RNA Viruses, Epidemiology, Retroviridae, United States, HIV Infections, Vertebrate Viruses, Primate Lentiviruses, North and Central America, Viral Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Immune System Diseases and Conditions

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