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Dealing with disclosure: Perspectives from HIV-positive children and their older carers living in rural south-western Uganda

Dusabe-Richards, Esther, Rutakumwa, R, Zalwango, F, Asiimwe, A, Kintu, E, Ssembajja, F and Seeley, J (2016) 'Dealing with disclosure: Perspectives from HIV-positive children and their older carers living in rural south-western Uganda'. African Journal of AIDS Research, Vol 15, Issue 4, pp. 387-395.

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Abstract

here are limited data on the challenges faced by carers, in particular older carers, in managing the difficult task of status disclosure for HIV-positive children. We report findings from qualitative interviews with 18 care dyads of older people and HIV-positive children living in rural south-western Uganda. Our data provide insights into perceptions and norms influencing communication during and following disclosure among both carers and children, including those shaped by gendered expectations of girls’ and boys’ sexual behaviour. Young participants reported several advantages of knowing their status and showed considerable resilience in the face of HIV disclosure. Better and more support is needed to help health workers and carers (particularly older carers) manage cross-generational communication around HIV disclosure and other related aspects of sexual and reproductive health as critical aspects of children’s psychosocial development and well-being.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. HIV Infections > WC 503 Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. HIV infections
WS Pediatrics > WS 100 General works
WS Pediatrics > WS 20 Research (General)
WY Nursing > WY 153.5 AIDS/HIV nursing
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.2989/16085906.2016.1256330
Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2017 15:12
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 02:02
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/6793

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