Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection affects the body in a wide variety of ways. In the most severe infection, the virus progressively destroys the body’s immune system, causing a condition called acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). With early testing and appropriate treatment, children in the United States rarely develop the severe signs and symptoms of HIV infection.

Children with HIV infection may show few signs or symptoms. Children with HIV infection may have

As long as affected children’s health status enables participation, they should be admitted. Uncommonly, the risk of a child’s transmission of blood-borne pathogens, through conditions such as generalized skin rash or bleeding problems, would merit assessment by the child’s health professional and the child care program director/ administrator or school principal to see whether the child can participate.

No, unless

Yes, when all the following criteria have been met:

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