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Unformatted text preview: st children infected with HIV develop symptoms within the first 9 months of life. The remainder of these
infected children become symptomatic sometime before the age of 3 years. Children, with their immature immune systems, have
a much shorter incubation period than adults. Options 1, 2, and 3 are incorrect.
The multiple complications associated with HIV are accompanied by a high level of pain. Aggressive pain
management is essential for the child to have an acceptable quality of life. A nurse must acknowledge the child¶s pain and let the
child know that everything will be done to decrease the pain. Telling the child that movement or lack thereof will eliminate the
pain is not accurate. Allowing a child to think that he or she can control the pain simply by thinking or not thinking about it
oversimplifies the pain cycle associated with HIV. Giving false hope by telling the child that the pain will be taken ³all away´ is
neither truthful nor realistic.
The most common opportuni...
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