Perinatally acquired HIV infection in adolescents from sub-Saharan Africa: a review of emerging challenges

Elizabeth D Lowenthal, Sabrina Bakeera-Kitaka, Tafireyi Marukutira et al.
The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Early Online Publication, 7 January 2014

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Worldwide, more than three million children are infected with HIV, 90% of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa. As the HIV epidemic matures and antiretroviral treatment is scaled up, children with HIV are reaching adolescence in large numbers. The growing population of adolescents with perinatally acquired HIV infection living within this region presents not only unprecedented challenges but also opportunities to learn about the pathogenesis of HIV infection. In this Review, the authors discuss the changing epidemiology of paediatric HIV and the particular features of HIV infection in adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa.

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