Uganda: Self stigma sees parents shun HIV testing for their children

Some HIV positive parents in Amuria district, eastern Uganda are shunning taking their children for HIV testing despite knowing their status, local non governmental organisations report.

Some HIV positive parents in Amuria district, eastern Uganda are shunning taking their children for HIV testing despite knowing their status, local non governmental organisations report.

Kenneth Osako, project officer at the Bringing Hope to the HIV/AIDS Children program, say the self stigma felt by many adults mean they will discourage their children to get tested despite children often being willing to go for an HIV test.

According to Osako, some children are threatened with punishment by their parents if they get tested without their parents consent.

Despite NGOs talking about HIV and the importance of testing to community leaders, Osako notes that many parents fear they will be laughed at if they reveal their status.

The Bringing Hope to the HIV/AIDS Children program is funded by the Korean International Development Initiative.

 

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