Growing up with HIV Disease

Shirley F. Delair, Leslie K. Serchuck and Lynnae Schwartz

in The Neurology of AIDS

Third edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780195399349
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199965199 | DOI:
Growing up with HIV Disease

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In the USA and other resource-rich countries, there are two distinct populations of HIV-1 infected youths: those who grew up with the disease after having been infected through maternal-to-child-transmission, and adolescents newly infected through participation in high-risk behaviors. Each of these groups faces unique challenges, as well as the shared burden of struggling to mature into fully independent and productive adults in the face of a serious disease. Of major concern for both groups is the cumulative central nervous system effects of HIV-1 in the brain, the possibly disease-amplifying effects of stress that are inherent in living with HIV, adverse reactions to medications, and the burdens of chronic illness. This chapter focuses on challenges confronting these young people, highlighting what is known about how HIV-1 disease impacts the individual's transition into full adulthood.

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Subjects: Disorders of the Nervous System ; Infectious Diseases

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