Understanding disclosure behaviours in HIV positive young people

Grainger, Caroline (2017) Understanding disclosure behaviours in HIV positive young people. Journal of Infection Prevention, 18 (1). pp. 35-39. ISSN 1757-1774

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Disclosure of sero-status is part of living with HIV and involves a complex decision making process. Disclosure is not a one off event and can be viewed as a sequential process and whilst affording opportunities for individuals to access appropriate physical and psychological support, is also an important part of secondary prevention. It is however, often fraught with emotional challenges, and there is a considerable amount of evidence demonstrating the barriers that individuals face to making a disclosure. Adolescents are one such group that face challenges over disclosing their HIV status. Many adolescents are choosing not to disclose their status, through fear of potentially adverse outcomes, such as rejection and stigma, which could amplify onward transmission rates. In order to better support young people through disclosure journeys, it is essential to understand the reasons and motivations behind why young people choose not to disclose their sero-status in order to develop interventions which may facilitate supporting young people through the disclosure process.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1177/1757177416680871
Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Journal of Infection Prevention, Vol. 18, Issue 1, by Sage Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2016. It is available at: http://online.sagepub.com/.
Keywords: Adolescents, children and young people, HIV, disclosure, sero-status
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health
Depositing User: Caroline Grainger
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2017 08:35
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:22
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3059


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