n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Message from the paediatric sub-committee

Volume 10, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



The Southern African HIV Clinicians Society Paediatric Discussion Group (PDG) began in December 2001. The concept was born after Dr (now adjunct Professor) Ashraf Coovadia of the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, Coronationville, Johannesburg, sent an e-mail to 5 or 6 local HIV 'experts' and Professor Mark Kline of the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, seeking advice on how to manage a child with severe disfiguring parotomegaly but who had a normal CD4 count, so antiretroviral therapy (ART) was not indicated. The answer came back that there was no indication for ART for a purely cosmetic condition!

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