International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

E-ISSN: 2349-4182
P-ISSN: 2349-5979

Vol. 2, Issue 11 (2015)

Children affected by HIV/AIDS are at vulnerable due to caregiving activities to their HIV-infected family members--findings from cross-sectional study in Tamilnadu, India

Author(s): Visvanathan, Esthar Rani
Abstract: Background: Estimates indicate that affected children are fifty times the number of infected children. These affected (not infected) children were under noticed by the policies in HIV related interventions even though they take more responsibility to take care of their infected family members. Methodology: Cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted with Children Affected by HIV/AIDS in 2014-15. Multistage sampling methodology was adopted to select the respondents. 205 children affected by HIV /AIDS between the age group of 12 to 17 were interviewed in selected two districts (Coimbatore and Salem) in Tamilnadu. Bharathiyar university doctoral committee has approved the study and written consent from parents/guardians and assent from the child were obtained. A semi-structured interview schedule was used to collect the information on children caregiving responsibilities and its related issues. Both descriptive and association analysis were carried out. Results: Mean age of the respondent children is 14.5 years (SD: 1.59) and 53.9% female children and 58.75 living in rural; Overall 59% of the children perform caregiving activities to the infected family members and siblings; 42% of the children perform both caregiving and household activities. More (give the proportion) male children engaged in caregiving activities and more (give the proportion) female children engaged in household activities (P
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