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from HIV/AIDS and Child Care
Why is confidentiality necessary?
Some of the reasons may seem abstract,
but in the end confidentiality benefits us all.
The fear and stigma attached to HIV may mean
that those affected are discriminated against and ostracized. Confidentiality
protects their privacy and enables them to be treated fairly.
It is hard to keep a secret. No one intends
to tell, but gossip has a life of its own.
If people arent well informed, a rumour
could set off a panic at the centre or cause problems for the family
with work, insurance, housing, family or friends. Those people who
have participated in high risk activities are more likely to seek
testing and treatment if they know their test results will be kept
confidential. Confidentiality therefore works to prevent the spread
of the disease, protecting all of us. Keeping information confidential
is a way to accord people the respect and dignity that everyone
If parents believe that their personal information
will be kept private, they will be more inclined to tell the supervisor
that their child is infected with HIVwhich is probably better
for the well-being of the child and the family.
Do the parents of other children have a right
No. Not even members of the board
of directors have a right to know a childs HIV status. There
is no need for them to know since a child infected with HIV poses
How can I deal with my anxiety about caring
for a child who is infected with HIV?
As prepared as you are intellectually,
it is possible that when you learn there is a child infected with
HIV at your centre you will have a multitude of contradictory feelings.
This is normal. Here are some suggestions for dealing with them:
- Remember that the risk of transmission is
- Remember that you consistently practise
good basic hygiene and universal precautions.
- Name your fears and try to deal directly
If you are sexually active, you may be at more
risk in your personal life than you are in your professional one.
Remember that using latex condoms is even more important than using
latex gloves! If you are starting a new relationship or contemplating
pregnancy, consider having yourself and your partner tested. If
you have adolescent or adult children who may be at risk, talk to
them about HIV.
If youre afraid of the responsibility
that comes with caring for a child infected with HIV, remind yourself
of what your early childhood training and experience have taught
you, and focus on putting it into practice. Remember that a child
infected with HIV is first and foremost a child. Your commitment
to providing a secure, creative, and caring environment for all
the children will see you through.
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