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Adolescents born with HIV must be told their status

Petronella Sampa Nsomfwa was born with HIV, but wasn't told of her status by her parents before they died. On the launch of a new report she calls on families to be open with their adolescent children about their HIV status.

Published
15 December 2014
From
Key Correspondents
I’m living with HIV, but it doesn’t define me

When I was 13, my doctor sat me down and told me that I was HIV-positive. Sitting next to me, my mum was silent, in denial of the virus that she had unknowingly passed to me.

Published
07 December 2014
From
The Guardian
HIV stigma starts young, but can be corrected, African schoolchildren's study shows

A study conducted among nearly 40,000 school students aged 12 to 14 in nine southern African countries shows that in some countries over a fifth of students

Published
15 October 2014
By
Gus Cairns
ARVs a Bitter Pill to Swallow for Ugandan Children

For many of the 35,500 children in Uganda on HIV treatment, daily ARVs are too much of a bitter pill to swallow, especially if they don’t understand why they need them - Uganda’s policy is not to reveal their HIV status to children until they reach 13 years of age.

Published
08 May 2014
From
Inter Press Service
HIV: The power of positive thinking

At 12, Lisa was told that the 'vitamin pills' she'd been taking all her life were in fact antiretroviral drugs. Then she learnt that the woman she thought was her mother was really her aunt; her mother had died of Aids when she was four. She struggled to cope. Now 19, she's helping other young people with HIV to face the future.

Published
15 April 2014
From
The Independent
Kenya: Parents not revealing HIV status to children

Many parents are not telling their HIV-infected children of their status, with some as old as 14 and possibly sexually active.

Published
04 February 2014
From
Standard
Midwife sacked over HIV disclosures defends right to blow whistle

A midwife who was sacked after revealing that foster parents were not being told that children had HIV has defended her right to “whistleblow” on the practice.

Published
17 September 2013
From
Daily Telegraph
The Price of Ignoring the Sexuality of Kenya's HIV Positive Youth

“The problem is in the transition into adolescence and teenage years. You are dealing with young people who are at an age where they don’t communicate well. The needs of HIV positive teenagers are real and they are ignored just the same way the sexual and reproductive health needs of teens in general are ignored,” an activist said.

Published
03 December 2012
From
Inter Press Service
USA: 20 percent of youth with HIV didn’t know they were infected at first sexual experience

Roughly 20 percent of youth who have had HIV since birth did not know their HIV status when they first became sexually active, according to a study by a National Institutes of Health-supported research network.

Published
10 November 2012
From
NIH News
School rejects HIV boy's siblings

A primary school asked the parents of a four-year-old Whangarei boy with HIV to keep his two older siblings at home for their own safety after other parents came forward with concerns.

Published
15 May 2012
From
New Zealand Herald
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