Immune deficiency and HIV
What is an immune deficiency? What is HIV?
Immune deficiency (or immunodeficiency) is a state in which the immune system's ability to fight infectious disease is compromised or absent.
Some people are born with immune system defects; however, it is more commonly an acquired condition.
Immune deficiency is the hallmark of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
HIV, caused by the transfer of bodily fluids, infects vital cells in the human immune system.
How do we help children who have HIV or immune deficiencies?
The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network provides services to help children across NSW, and Australia who are affected by HIV or another immune deficiency.
Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick provides a statewide role in the management of paediatric HIV and runs regular clinics through the Outpatients Department for patients with HIV.
The Children's Hospital at Westmead has an outpatients' service for children who have congenital or acquired immune deficiency including HIV.