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Increasing numbers of children born to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibody-positive women are being identified, but guidelines as to their management are lacking. We have therefore established a paediatric counselling and screening clinic for managing such children in Edinburgh. During a period of 3 years, 49 infants and children of 43 HIV seropositive women have been seen. After a median follow-up period of 23 months, four children were found to have clinical evidence of HIV disease which was non-specific and could have been missed had they not been regularly monitored. Thus, close surveillance of infants born to seropositive women is important. Identifying a single clinic where this is done has allowed experience to accumulate on issues beyond the medical management of these infants as well as contributing to the clinical care of infants with symptoms. Based on this experience, we have developed guidelines for managing children born to HIV antibody-positive women.
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Accepted: October 27, 1988
© 1989 The British Society for the Study of Infection. Published by Elsevier Inc.