Because of their developing bodies, children and teens have to take different amounts, formulations, and combinations of anti-HIV drugs than adults.
Children and youth might also require special treatments for side effects of HIV or anti-HIV drugs. For example, the widely used anti-HIV drug tenofovir can make youths' bones weaker and could endanger their long-term bone health. NICHD-sponsored research found that vitamin D pills may prevent this problem.
The best treatment strategy may be different for each child or teen. These are some factors that affect treatment:
The NICHD-supported Adolescent Trials Network (ATN) is focused on finding the best treatments for youths who are HIV-infected or at risk of infection. The ATN has more information about what it does and how to participate.
AIDS.gov has more information on treatment and other topics related to children and HIV.
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