How does AIDS-related lymphoma affect children?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Children with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) do not typically develop cancers, but they do get non-Hodgkin and brain lymphomas more often than other children. Children usually get human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from their mother, by coming into contact with her blood either before or as they are born, or from breastfeeding. If an HIV-positive pregnant woman gets HIV treatment and does not breastfeed after birth, the child has much less risk of HIV infection and AIDS-related lymphoma. As with adults, lymphoma is a dangerous form of cancer in children and must be treated.

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