Talking to children about their HIV status: a review of available resources, tools, and models for improving and promoting pediatric disclosure

January 19, 2017
Authors: S. Wright, A. Amzel, N. Ikoro, M. Srivastava, S. Leclerc-Madlala, S. Bowsky, H. Miller & B.R. Phelps
Organization: AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV

Many studies have documented the struggles of caregivers and health care workers to disclose to a child that he or she has HIV.  This paper is significant in citing all of those studies and aggregating the common barriers to disclosure.  Further, this study looked at all of the available resources on disclosure and found from peer-reviewed literature, seven disclosure models from six different countries.  From the gray literature, 23 resources were identified including children’s books (15), job aides to assist healthcare providers (5), and videos (3).  WHO recommends disclosure to children and this article provides the references to resources that can be adapted to local settings.