Disclosure of the HIV infection status in children
To determine the perception of caregivers about the disclosure of the diagnosis of HIV infection in children.
Caregivers of fifty HIV-infected children were enrolled in the study after taking written informed consent. They were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. The questionnaire included information on the demographic details, questions about the disclosure status of HIV infection in children and perceptions about the disclosure of status to child.
Only 7 out of the 50 children (14%) were aware of their HIV status while 43/50 (86%) were unaware; as reported by their guardians/ parents. Only 6 percent children (3/50) were given factual information about the disease while 68% (34/50) were given no information. Majority of caregivers felt mid-teenage as the appropriate age for disclosing the HIV infection status and that the parents were the appropriate persons to reveal the infection status (21/50, 42%).
There is need to develop and implement guidelines for disclosure of HIV infection status to HIV-infected children in resource limited settings.
Key wordsHIV Children Disclosure
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