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Table 3 The barriers to disclosure of HIV status to infected children

From: Prevalence of, and barriers to the disclosure of HIV status to infected children and adolescents in a district of Ghana

Variables Frequency Percentage (%)
Opinion about telling a child his/her HIV status (n = 118)  
− Positive 87 77.7
− Not sure 3 2.5
− Negative 27 22.9
Preferred age of disclosure
− 6–9 5 4.2
–10–13 33 28.0
− 14–17 51 43.2
− 18–19 29 24.6
Mean (SD); min/max 14.9 (3.01) 6/19  
Face barrier in telling the child his/her HIV status
− Yes 93 79.1
− No 25 20.9
Barriers to the disclosure of status to child (n = 105) 6 9.2
− Fear of psychologically harm to child 44 67.7
− Child may be too young to understand 12 18.5
− Child will not be able to keep the diagnosis 4 4.6
− Other