n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Antiretroviral toxicity in children : ART toxicity

Volume 3, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



Antiretroviral (ARV) toxicity is an important issue that must be fully appreciated by prescribing doctors. While the benefits of therapy are well documented, toxicity is of concern and may be extremely serious, occasionally resulting in fatality. However, most side-effects are not serious and are reversible.

There are two ways in which children may be exposed to ARVs. One is or postnatal exposure as a result of vertical transmission prophylaxis (VTP), and the other is treatment for symptomatic HIV infection.

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