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What Does the Future Hold for Children With HIV?

What Does the Future Hold for Children With HIV?

HIV rates in children have dropped drastically over the last 15 years. But 1.8 million kids around the world still live with the virus. While their futures hold promise, experts say they’re also complicated. Dr. Thor Wagner, an assistant professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Seattle Children’s Hospital, said that children with HIV can lead fairly normal lives if they receive treatment and take their medicines as directed. Wagner treats HIV-positive babies, children and adolescents in his practice and spends a lot of his time on HIV/AIDS research.

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