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Facts about  HIV Positive

As most people know, Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is the most advanced infection of the virus HIV. The human immunodeficiency virus known as HIV causes AIDS by infecting and damaging part of the body's defenses against infection — lymphocytes, which are a type of white blood cell in the body's immune system that fights off invading germs.
Around 90% of all children living with HIV acquired the infection from their mothers during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding.

Challenges
  • Although there may be no immediate physical signs of HIV infection at birth, signs of the infection might appear within 2 to 3 months after a child is born.
  • A baby born with HIV infection most likely will appear healthy. But sometimes, within 2 to 3 months after birth, an infected baby may begin to appear sick, with poor weight gain, repeated fungal mouth infections (thrush), enlarged lymph nodes, enlarged liver or spleen, neurological problems, and multiple bacterial infections, including pneumonia.

  • Treatment
  • The world of HIV and AIDS treatment has vastly changed over the last 20 years. Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) can suppress HIV and delay its progression to AIDS in children, just as it can in adults.
  • Children who are provided with this therapy may be able to grow up into adolescence and adulthood, to live relatively healthy and productive lives.
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    Waiting Children With  HIV Positive
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    Meet Adoptive Families Advocating for  HIV Positive
    Members who advocate for HIV Positive
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    Articles On HIV Positive
    Reader's Question on HIV Infection
    HIV positive test on medical record.
    Worries about HIV infection in the orphan child
    Worries about HIV infection in the orphan child
    Is HIV a possibility?
    Adopting from China
    Health & Development Issues in Newly Adopted Children
    Dr. Jane Aronson shares with families what to have evaluated their newly adopted child
    Adopting a Special Needs Child...Is It For You?
    When considering a special needs child, there are a few important questions to ask yourself...
    Attachment and the Special Needs Child
    Meeting the needs of institutionalized and special needs children after adoption.
    Homeschool: Another Learning Environment for Special Children
    How home education can help the adopted child
    Changing Trends in International Adoption
    One year post-hague
    Adopting a Child with HIV
    Surprising Insights
    Bringing Desta Home
    My six brothers and sisters had a decision to make: should we welcome one more child into our family?
    Adopting the International Child with Special Needs
    Over 30 years of evaluating special needs children gives author, Teri Bell, a special insight into what parents need to be aware of.
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    Saying Yes to Life
    Positively Adopted
    The Little Boy Who Shook Our World
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    Resources Suggest a Link/Resource
    Yahoo Group - HIV Adoption
    Shriner's Hospital: Free Medical Care for SN Children
    AIDS KIds
    Story of one family's adoption
    Bringing Desta Home
    Adopting our daughter from Ethiopia
    Good resource for links to websites and information about adopting a child with HIV.
    Project Hopeful
    Encourging and Educating families interested in adopting children with HIV/AIDS
    "Paving a road home for the world's HIV+ orphans"
    POSITVELY Adopted
    Fantastic and realistic website about adopting kids who are HIV+
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