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.View Full Article
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