Summary of Study Session 9

In Study Session 9, you have learned that:

  1. There are key questions to ask and signs to look for in the assessment of a child for HIV infection.
  2. Children with HIV infection are more likely to suffer from common childhood diseases.
  3. There are five HIV classifications for children:
    • Confirmed symptomatic HIV infection
    • Confirmed HIV infection
    • Suspected symptomatic HIV infection
    • Possible HIV infection or HIV exposed
    • HIV infection unlikely.
  4. Initial treatment in children with HIV infection includes cotrimoxazole prophylaxis and treatment for oral thrush.
  5. It is important to keep confidentiality and maintain trust of the mother when counselling her about HIV testing.

9.7  Counselling the mother of a child with confirmed/suspected symptomatic HIV infection

Self-Assessment Questions (SAQs) for Study Session 9