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Diagnosis Disclosure, Medication Hiding and Medical Functioning Among Perinatally Infected, HIV-Positive Children and Adolescents

August 27, 2012

Among children and adolescents with HIV, little is known about the immunological and virological impact of disclosing their diagnosis. In their cross-sectional study, the authors examined medication hiding as a mediator of the relationship between disclosure of the diagnosis to friends and three medical outcomes: CD4+ absolute count, CD4+ percentage and viral load.

The study participants were 25 individuals ages 11-18 who were perinatally infected with HIV. Participants self-reported diagnosis disclosure and medication hiding; medical markers were derived from blood samples drawn at the same clinic visit.

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Comment by: michael (los angeles) Sun., Sep. 2, 2012 at 8:16 am EDT
this is an idiotic study and a waste of resources that should be filed under "DUH!"

put the money to good use and not into idiotic garbage like this that is common sense. if your friends already know you have hiv, why in the hell is the point of hiding your meds?

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