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Consequences of HIV for children: avoidable or inevitable?

FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, HSPH, Harvard University, 651 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
AIDS Care (Impact Factor: 1.6). 08/2009; 21 Suppl 1(S1):98-104. DOI: 10.1080/09540120903033037
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ABSTRACT The HIV/AIDS epidemic has many serious consequences for children. These consequences are, however, rarely inevitable. Families can provide a protective barrier that deflects blows, or minimises their impact and a supportive nurturing environment that can help children recover from harm. If strong enough, and with sufficient access to quality services and support from communities, families can reduce the impacts of HIV/AIDS on children to negligible levels in most areas of impact. It is apparent that the impacts felt by children are not simply unfortunate, inevitable consequences of this epidemic. A strong and supported family with good access to quality services can deflect almost all of the impact. It is as a result of an interaction of the context of poverty, which weakens families, and a failure to adequately respond, that impacts are felt by children.

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