Young HIV-positive people and experiences of HIV stigma in the UK: a pilot study

Tomás Campbell1, Jane Grifiths2 and Rebecca Wilkins3
1Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Independent Practice; 2Principal Clinical Psychologist, South Essex Partnership NHS Trust; and 3Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Kobler Clinic, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, London

Prior to the introduction of antiretroviral therapy (ART) becoming widely available to HIV perinatally infected children, the vast majority died in childhood [1]. Children and young people with HIV disease in the UK are now surviving into adolescence and adulthood in greater numbers than ever before [2] and of the 1934 known HIV-positive children and young people in the UK and Ireland, 65% are now over the age of 15 years [3]. Most young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) in the UK are of African origin [4] and face multiple challenges and stressors including medical concerns, psychological issues and exposure to HIV stigma [5]. Read more…