Gabriel Pediatrics responds to article on U.S. treatment of pediatric AIDS

Gabriel Pediatrics offered additional information on Monday related to an article about pediatric AIDS published by HealthDay on Dec. 24.

The article "Big Strides in Battle Against Pediatric AIDS" said that the rate of newborn children who contract AIDS from their mothers has decreased to 1 percent in the United States.

According to Gabriel Pediatrics, the rate of infection among teens has increased.

The article reported the medicine involved in treating HIV in children can be a "tedious task," but it has improved in recent years. The medication should be taken regularly and missing one day has the potential of being extremely hurtful in the long term.

The article reported that a recent baby born with HIV was in long-term remission within 30 hours of birth after receiving treatment.

Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics said to gain ground in the fight against childhood HIV and AIDS, there must be a steady progression.

"The improvement in treatment has been so consistent that there's more hope for a cure or vaccine in the future," Gabriel said. "Every day there are scientists learning more and more about how to treat the transmission of HIV from mother to child, and hopefully it will become an obsolete disease."

Gabriel Pediatrics is a comprehensive-care practice with clinics in Brooklyn and Staten Island.