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Current Issues in Pediatric HIV Treatment
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Presenters:Theodore Ruel, MD, and Clarissa Ospina-Norvell, RN, MS, ANP
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Ted Ruel gives an overview of HIV treatment for children, from the perinatal period through adolescence. He discusses regimen selection for infants and children in various scenarios, aggressive early treatment, the ‘Mississippi baby,’ and neonatal pharmacokinetics. For older children, he raises questions about how to lower long-term toxicity and improve adherence. Clarissa Ospina-Norvell discusses treatment of youth in the U.S., including the challenges of coming to an adult clinic and programs for young adults at SFGH and Larkin Street.

Presenters:Theodore Ruel, MD, and Clarissa Ospina-Norvell, RN, MS, ANP

Ted Ruel is a pediatrician and pediatric infectious disease specialist at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. He also does research on HIV infection in children.

Clarissa Ospina-Norvell is a nurse practitioner at the HIV/AIDS Program (Ward 86) at San Francisco General Hospital. She works with HIV-positive youth affected by mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness.