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HIV Home Care

HIV and Your Child

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV infection means that the body's immune system may not fight off infections very well. Your child's body may not be able to fight back against illness, even a simple cold. Additional care is needed for a child with HIV in order to help him/her remain healthy.

Keeping Your Child with HIV Healthy

One of the best ways to keep your child healthy is to use proper hand washing techniques. Clean hands help keep your child from catching colds and from developing other illnesses. Teach your child to wash his/her hands thoroughly at an early age.

Keeping healthy habits are the best way a child can prevent illness. Other ways you can help your child stay healthy include the following:

Staying Healthy with HIV

  • Nutrition
  • Skin Care
  • Rest and Relaxation
  • Medications

Preventing HIV Spread

  • HIV Can be Spread:
  • HIV Cannot be Spread by:

Caring for a Child with HIV

  • Precautions Against HIV
  • When should my child see his/her physician?