Published in AIDS Weekly, December 18th, 2000
This organ, called the thymus, is especially important early in life when the human immune system is developing. Infants who contract the virus from their mothers are particularly prone to developing immune system problems because of the damage HIV ultimately causes to the thymus.
Pregnant mothers who are HIV positive are often given AZT, a drug that helps prevent the fetus from contracting the virus. In children and adults with HIV, AZT helps control and even reduces the proliferation of the...
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