n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Challenges faced by HIV positive parents regarding status disclosure to their children in Thulamela municipality, Vhembe District, South Africa

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The choice of disclosure or to conceal one's status remains that of the infected person. Both disclosure and concealment might result in disadvantages, such as social isolation, diminished access to health and social services and diminished sense of personal control. The purpose of this study was to describe and explore the challenges faced by HIV positive parents regarding status-disclosure to their children.The study adopted a qualitative design and the population included HIV positive parents attending a support group at Phiphidi clinic. Non-probability sampling method was used to purposively select participants for the study. The open coding method was used during data analysis, following the eight steps identified by Tesch. The themes and sub themes have emerged from data analysis. The results revealed that most parents were concerned about their children's reaction to the news and they anticipated that their children would reject and blame them for their illness. The results also showed that parents who disclosed their HIV status to their children weighed the positive outcomes of disclosure against the negative ones before disclosing to their children. The study recommended that disclosure counseling should be an entry point at the health care facilities.

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