What are the iatrogenic complications of the treatment of nonopportunistic infections in pediatric HIV infection?

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Delia M Rivera, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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One of the challenges with children who are infected with HIV is that they are more likely than others to have recurrent infections, which cause them to undergo repeat treatment with many broad-spectrum antibiotics. This antibiotic exposure increases the risk of their developing resistant pathogens. Therefore, infection with penicillin-resistant pneumococci is not uncommon in children with recurrent ear infections.


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