Disease Information

Infectious Diseases: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection

What do the terms HIV and AIDS mean?

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) are often spoken of as the same, but they are not:

How do children and youth get HIV infection?

What are the symptoms of HIV infection in children and youth?

How is HIV infection diagnosed in children and youth?

How is HIV infection in children and youth treated?

When was the St. Jude HIV program started and what does it offer?

In 1987, St. Jude founder Danny Thomas declared AIDS a catastrophic disease of children. It was then that HIV/AIDS became a research priority of St. Jude. Since that time, the St. Jude Department of Infectious Diseases has developed a broad, multidisciplinary pediatric program called the Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (PACTU), which has been designated a "Center of Excellence" by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The St. Jude HIV program for children and youth includes the following:

For more information about HIV in the Memphis community, visit: www.hivmemphis.org


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