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Prevalence of, and barriers to the disclosure of HIV status to infected children and adolescents in a district of Ghana

Overview of attention for article published in BMC International Health and Human Rights, April 2017
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Title
Prevalence of, and barriers to the disclosure of HIV status to infected children and adolescents in a district of Ghana
Published in
BMC International Health and Human Rights, April 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12914-017-0114-6
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Authors

Eric Gyamfi, Paul Okyere, Acheampong Enoch, Emmanuel Appiah-Brempong

Abstract

Globally there are about 3.3million children under the age of 15 years living with HIV. Of this number, 88% live in sub-Saharan Africa. In Ghana, an estimated 33,000 children were said to be living with the HIV infection in 2012. Lack of disclosure adversely affects the well-being of the child, including access to paediatric HIV treatment and care and adherence to treatment. However, the greatest psychosocial challenges that parents and caregivers of HIV-infected children face is disclosure of HIV status to their infected children. This study sought to determine the prevalence of and the barriers to the disclosure of HIV status to infected children and adolescents in Lower Manya-Krobo District in Ghana. A cross sectional study with a sample of 118 caregivers of HIV infected children and adolescents aged 4-19 years attending three HIV clinics in the Lower Manya Krobo District, and 10 key informants comprising of healthcare workers and HIV volunteer workers involved in the provision of care to infected children and their families. The prevalence of disclosure was higher. Main barriers to disclosure identified in this study included age of child, perceived cause of HIV, stigma attached to HIV, child's inability to keep diagnosis to self and fear of psychological harm to child. There is the need for the Ghana Health Service in conjunction with the Ghana Aids Commission and the National Aids Control Programme to develop comprehensive context-based disclosure guidelines.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 189 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 46 24%
Student > Bachelor 19 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 18 10%
Researcher 17 9%
Student > Postgraduate 16 8%
Other 25 13%
Unknown 48 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 45 24%
Medicine and Dentistry 40 21%
Social Sciences 22 12%
Psychology 13 7%
Immunology and Microbiology 4 2%
Other 16 8%
Unknown 49 26%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 12. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 05 May 2017.
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