Adolescents and Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection: The Role of the Pediatrician in Prevention and Intervention

  • Published 2006 in

Abstract

The incidence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection among adolescents is both significant and rising, and concern about this disease is increasingly evident among adolescents, their parents, and health professionals. Such concern evolves from multiple factors including not only the number of adolescents who have been reported to have the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), but also the uncertainty as to how many youths have been infected with the virus but remain asymptomatic; the risk of becoming infected through either heterosexual behavior, homosexual behavior, or substance abuse; and the need to implement effective preventive strategies.

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