Our expert says:
Its tragic to hear that such a child, an innocent person with HIV ( presumably infected by his mother, as its certainly not due to any of his own actions ) is being neglected by the woman who caused this problem for him. You are raising two problems. One is to find the best treatment for him - that's outside my area of expertise, and he needs to get to the nearest good clinic dealing with HIV positive kids. The other issue is how your child might be affected if his little friend gets ill or dies ? You and he will deal with that if and when the time comes - these days, illness and death ca occur to any child your child befriends, for a range of reasons. And much of his reaction will depend on circumstances, his age at the time, and so on. Counselling of some sort should be available for him at such a time if needed
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