Introducing a new era of family-centred HIV prevention
Dr Heidi Van Rooyen & Dr Tamsen Rochat, Human and Social Development, Human Sciences Research Council
Dr Chris Desmond, Human and Social Development, Human Sciences Research Council
Date: 14 July 2016
Time: 12:30 – 13:30
Venue: Video Conference Centers (Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban)
Tremendous gains in HIV prevention and treatment in Southern Africa have resulted in enormous cohorts of children and adolescents who are HIV-uninfected but remain affected by living with HIV-infected parents and family members. Furthermore, globally adolescents are the only population not seeing a decrease in HIV incidence or HIV-related mortality.
These children and adolescents face a range of risks including: developing HIV risk behaviours (sexual debut, sexual and physical abuse, teenage pregnancy); mental health problems; and school failure. Family-based HIV prevention can help pay it forward for this group by improving their life-chances, providing a safety-net, safeguarding their health, ensuring their care, minimising their risks of acquiring HIV, enhancing their mental health, and dealing with stigma. This seminar presents results from two family-centred HIV prevention interventions in rural KwaZulu-Natal. The first ‘Amagugu’ supports HIV-infected parents of uninfected primary school-aged children, targeting disclosure, health education and custody planning.
The second ‘Family Based HIV Counselling and Testing’ expands on successful home-based counselling and testing models and augments the ‘Amagugu’ approach to expand testing and disclosure support to all family members, including children and adolescents.
The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.
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