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Social Work

On-line version ISSN 2312-7198
Print version ISSN 0037-8054

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MAVANGIRA, Vimbai  and  RANIGA, Tanusha. Psycho-social experiences of perinatally HIV-infected adolescents residing in child and youth care centres in South Africa. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2015, vol.51, n.3, pp.421-433. ISSN 2312-7198.  http://dx.doi.org/51-1-456.

The psycho-social impact of HIV on perinatally infected children has been overlooked by policy makers internationally and nationally. This study explored the psycho-social experiences of perinatally HIV-infected adolescents who were residing in child and youth care centres in Gauteng in South Africa. The article adopts a social constructionist lens to discuss their biographical profile as well as four themes: knowledge and feelings towards mother; dealing with secrecy and disclosure; the way social networks affect treatment adherence; and interactions with health and social services. The paper concludes with some suggestions for health and social service professionals to help these adolescents navigate through this phase of their lives.

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