Pediatric Annals

CME Article 

Hot Topics in Pediatric HIV/AIDS

Ana M. Alvarez, MD; Mobeen H. Rathore, MD, CPE

  • Pediatric Annals. 2007;36(7)
  • Posted July 1, 2007

Abstract

The year 2006 marked the 25th anniversary of the recognition of AIDS as a clinical syndrome, but in no way does this anniversary mark the end of this era. In fighting this disease, numerous battles have been won, but there is still much to do. New infections still occur daily, and there is no cure. New treatments have expanded the lifespan of patients, but these treatments are not available for most children worldwide.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Ana M. Alvarez, MD; and Mobeen H. Rathore, MD, CPE, are with the Rainbow Center for Women, Adolescent Children, and Families; Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, University of Florida; and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida.

Address correspondence to: Mobeen H. Rathore, MD, CPE, 653-1 West 8th Street, L-13, Department of Pediatrics, 3rd Floor/LRC, Jacksonville, FL 32209; fax 904-244-6131; or e-mail Mobeen.rathore@jax.ufl.edu.

Dr. Alvarez and Dr. Rathore have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Identify the latest epidemiologic trends for HIV/AIDS in the pediatric population.
  2. Review the newest tests for HIV and their appropriate application in select populations and risk groups.
  3. Recognize the presentation of HIV/AIDS in the pediatric population and explain current treatment recommendations and methods to prevention transmission.

Abstract

The year 2006 marked the 25th anniversary of the recognition of AIDS as a clinical syndrome, but in no way does this anniversary mark the end of this era. In fighting this disease, numerous battles have been won, but there is still much to do. New infections still occur daily, and there is no cure. New treatments have expanded the lifespan of patients, but these treatments are not available for most children worldwide.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Ana M. Alvarez, MD; and Mobeen H. Rathore, MD, CPE, are with the Rainbow Center for Women, Adolescent Children, and Families; Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, University of Florida; and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida.

Address correspondence to: Mobeen H. Rathore, MD, CPE, 653-1 West 8th Street, L-13, Department of Pediatrics, 3rd Floor/LRC, Jacksonville, FL 32209; fax 904-244-6131; or e-mail Mobeen.rathore@jax.ufl.edu.

Dr. Alvarez and Dr. Rathore have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Identify the latest epidemiologic trends for HIV/AIDS in the pediatric population.
  2. Review the newest tests for HIV and their appropriate application in select populations and risk groups.
  3. Recognize the presentation of HIV/AIDS in the pediatric population and explain current treatment recommendations and methods to prevention transmission.

The year 2006 marked the 25th anniversary of the recognition of AIDS as a clinical syndrome, but in no way does this anniversary mark the end of this era. In fighting this disease, numerous battles have been won, but there is still much to do. New infections still occur daily, and there is no cure. New treatments have expanded the lifespan of patients, but these treatments are not available for most children worldwide.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Ana M. Alvarez, MD; and Mobeen H. Rathore, MD, CPE, are with the Rainbow Center for Women, Adolescent Children, and Families; Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, University of Florida; and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida.

Address correspondence to: Mobeen H. Rathore, MD, CPE, 653-1 West 8th Street, L-13, Department of Pediatrics, 3rd Floor/LRC, Jacksonville, FL 32209; fax 904-244-6131; or e-mail Mobeen.rathore@jax.ufl.edu.

Dr. Alvarez and Dr. Rathore have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Identify the latest epidemiologic trends for HIV/AIDS in the pediatric population.
  2. Review the newest tests for HIV and their appropriate application in select populations and risk groups.
  3. Recognize the presentation of HIV/AIDS in the pediatric population and explain current treatment recommendations and methods to prevention transmission.

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