Teens with HIV fare worse when parents don’t come to clinic appointments

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Teens with HIV do better at keeping the virus in check when their parents or guardians come with them for clinic visits, a study from Botswana suggests. HIV medication regimens can be very complicated. An estimated 2.1 million adolescents, aged 10 to 19, live with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in low- and middle-income countries, Lowenthal and colleagues write in JAMA Pediatrics. Lowenthal and colleagues studied 300 HIV-positive adolescents coming in for quarterly clinic visits at the Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence beginning in 2012.
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