Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

A qualitative review of psychosocial support interventions for young people living with HIV

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Number of pages: 40
Publication date: 2009
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/FCH/CAH/ADH/09.05

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Overview

The provision of psychosocial support to young people living with HIV was highlighted as a key area requiring development by the 2006 WHO/UNICEF global consultation on strengthening the health sector response to young people living with HIV. This review summarizes the results of a questionnaire that was sent to over 80 organizations involved with providing psychosocial support to young people living with HIV, both those young people that acquired HIV perinatally and those that acquired HIV during adolescence.

The experiences of the organizations surveyed in responding to the specific needs of young people living with HIV are synthesized, with a particular focus on the provision of psychosocial support for improving adherence to treatment, dealing with disclosure and discrimination, and avoiding high-risk behaviours. Based on the response to the questionnaire, recommendations are made which outline key areas for action that could improve the provision of psychosocial support to young people living with HIV.