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Revista Costarricense de Salud Pública

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GARCIA, Ismael; VINAS, Ximena  and  RODRIGUEZ, Diana. Life Condition of Children Infected with HIV/AIDs, in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Rev. costarric. salud pública [online]. 2013, vol.22, n.2, pp.85-93. ISSN 1409-1429.

Objective: Identify the life conditions of children living withHIV/AIDin San Luis Potosí, Methods: We worked with a sample of 12 HIV/AIDs+children from one to 14 years old receiving attention in a public hospital. We conducted in-depth interviews at the hospital and homes and carried out some school visits. Results: The majority of families suffer financial stressors and one or both parents are dead; the children don´t know their diagnosis, have familiar problems and the majority shows an unsatisfactory therapeutic adherence, so their lives are endangered. Parents and tutors don´t know how to reveal the diagnosis and they are stressed by the course of the illness. They are especially worried about confidentiality. Discussion: The families facing the diagnosis of HIV / AIDS require different supports in the economic, psychological, medical and school areas.

Keywords : Social Conditions; Child; HIV; Mexico.

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