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HIV and your child:

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV infection means that the body's immune system may not fight off infections very well. Your child's body may not be able to fight back against illness, even a simple cold. Additional care is needed for a child with HIV in order to help him/her remain healthy.

Keeping your child with HIV healthy:

One of the best ways to keep your child healthy is to use proper hand washing techniques. Clean hands help keep your child from catching colds and from developing other illnesses. Teach your child to wash his/her hands thoroughly at an early age.

Keeping healthy habits are the best way a child can prevent illness. Other ways you can help your child stay healthy include the following:

Preventing HIV spread:

HIV may be spread from person-to-person when there is contact with infected blood or body fluids (semen and vaginal fluid).

Caring for a child with HIV:

You should use universal precautions for any contact with blood, whether your child is known to be HIV-infected or not. These precautions include the following:

If your child has HIV, you can help him/her to keep from spreading HIV by teaching him/her some basic rules, including the following:

When should my child see his/her physician?

Keeping your child's healthcare appointments is very important. You will also need to know when to bring your child in for care when he/she is getting sick. Your child should see his/her physician if he/she:

Consult your child's physician for more information.

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