What is the common presentation of pediatric HIV infection?

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Delia M Rivera, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Children with HIV infection often present with the common bacterial infections of childhood (eg, otitis media, sinusitis, pneumonia). These can be more frequent and more severe than similar infections in immunologically healthy children. Recurrent fungal infections, such as candidiasis (thrush), that do not respond to standard antifungal agents suggest lymphocytic dysfunction.


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