The goals of antiretroviral therapy for children are to:
Prolong the survival of HIV-infected children
Promote optimal growth and development
Preserve, enhance, or reconstitute the immune system and therefore reduce opportunistic infections
Suppress HIV replication and therefore prevent disease progression
Reduce the morbidity of children and improve their quality of life
The child’s CD4 count and/or CD4 percentage should rise and remain above the baseline count.
Achieve undetectable (<400 copies/mL) viral load and remain so while on ART.