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Facilitating HIV Testing and Disclosure with Children and Adolescents

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Information about barriers and challenges in facilitating testing and disclosure for children in 0-6, 7-14 and 15-18 age groups is discussed in this report. The findings are based on an operations research on a community-based care program, CHAHA, conducted by India HIV/AIDS Alliance in Andhra Pradesh and Manipur. The program caters to the needs of children living with and affected by HIV from the age of 0 to 18 years, and aims at reaching 64,000 children by 2011. CHAHA, besides providing direct services and linkages, works towards reducing stigma and discrimination through community mobilization strategies, and improving the quality of life of the affected children and their families. This research is aimed at understanding current barriers, and to provide possible short to medium term solutions, thereby strengthening CHAHA as well as others working to provide child-centric care and support. Three broad objectives of the study are: 1) identifying challenges and factors that prevent the community from seeking HIV testing of their children, 2) Understanding issues related to disclosure of HIV status to children, and the social impact related to disclosure faced by parents and children, 3) Using the study findings in formulating practical solutions to address these issues, and to come up with practical recommendations on building synergistic links between policy and practice. The study was conducted in Hyderabad, Nalgonda and Krishna districts of Andhra Pradesh, and Bishnupur, Chandel and Imphal East districts of Manipur.

Publisher: International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Language: English
Format: Web Page
Regions: Global, India
Audiences: Community Health Workers/Volunteer Caregivers, Counselors, Peer Educators, Nurses, People Living with HIV/AIDS, Trainers
Topic Areas: Psychosocial Support, Complications of HIV in Children
Resource Type: Program Best Practices