Despite recent recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics that strongly encourage disclosure of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection to school-age children, health care providers vary widely in their actual disclosure practices. Concrete guidelines for accomplishing disclosure are not currently available. Nondisclosure can result in a variety of problems, including anxiety, depression, phobias, and exclusion from peer support groups and medical camps. This article reviews the available literature on disclosure of HIV infection to children and describes the disclosure process used in a large, urban pediatric HIV clinic.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health