Opinion Paper

Current perspectives on paediatric HIV management from the Mexico International Aids Society Conference, 2019

Mohendran Archary, Lee Fairlie, Amy Slogrove
Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine | Vol 20, No 1 | a1027 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhivmed.v20i1.1027 | © 2019 Mohendran Archary, Lee Fairlie, Amy Slogrove | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 August 2019 | Published: 31 October 2019

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Mohendran Archary, Department of Infectious Diseases, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; and, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Lee Fairlie, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Amy Slogrove, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

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While acknowledging the great achievements in getting 23 million people living with HIV to access antiretroviral treatment (ART) globally, there is still more to do in order to close the HIV treatment gap between the paediatric and adult ART programmes, with only 54% of children accessing ART compared to 62% of adults. Furthermore, while tremendous global gains have been made in preventing perinatal and postnatal HIV acquisition, HIV-exposed and uninfected children are still not achieving early childhood developmental outcomes comparable to HIV-unexposed children. In this article, we present highlights from two pre-conference meetings (11th International Workshop on HIV Pediatrics and 5th Workshop on Children and Adolescents HIV Exposed and Uninfected) and the International Aids Society (IAS) meeting held in Mexico in July 2019.


2019 Paediatric ART Conferences; International Aids Society; management of pregnant and breastfeeding women; paediatric/adolescent HIV; treatment update


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