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Book and Media Reviews
August 16, 2006

Pediatric HIV

JAMA. 2006;296(7):869-873. doi:10.1001/jama.296.7.869

Although medical reference textbooks are generally published before more concise, handbook-style versions are produced, the Textbook of Pediatric HIV Care was preceded by the Handbook of Pediatric HIV Care (also edited by Zeichner and Read), the second edition of which was released in May 2006. In creating this new companion reference, the editors and authors faced the daunting challenge of writing a comprehensive review of a disease that touches every aspect of a child's physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development from birth to death. The epidemiology of pediatric HIV in the United States also has shifted as children infected earlier in the epidemic through mother-to-child transmission or contaminated blood products age and as growing numbers of children acquire their infection during adolescence. This has increasingly made pediatric HIV an adolescent disease that requires novel clinical approaches and different methods of social support.

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