XIX International AIDS Conference

MOWS13 Addressing the Psychosocial Support Needs of Transitioning Adolescents Living with HIV since Childhood: A Global Perspective
  Scientific Skills Development
Venue: Mini Room 7
Time: 23.07.2012, 14:30 - 18:00
Language:           English

Level:                  Intermediate

Target audience: Health Care Worker, Researcher, Donor

Seating limits:    100
Co-Facilitators: Princess Nuru Nabbumba Kisitu, Uganda
Alana Hairston, United States
This workshop will address the psychosocial support needs of transitioning adolescents who have been living with HIV since childhood. An overview of the demographics, needs and challenges faced by these young people worldwide will be presented. A panel comprised of researchers, implementers and advocates will delve into four topics affecting these adolescents during their transitional years to adulthood; retention in care and transitional care needs, appropriate psychosocial support, sexual and reproductive health and gaps in research. Participants will break into small groups, led by a facilitator, to identify innovative approaches to case studies that accompany the four topics explored by the panel. Participants will gain an understanding of existing research identifying psychosocial needs of transitioning adolescents, they will be able to describe evidence-informed approaches that have been used to address these needs successfully, and be able to formulate practical approaches to current challenges and trends emerging within this niche population.

Welcome and introduction

C. Lyons, United States

We are growing: an overview of issues and challenges facing transitioning adolescents living with HIV since childhood

P. Nuru Nabbumba Kisitu, Uganda
J. Gentille, United States

Retention in care and transitional needs

M. Sharer, United States

Addressing psychosocial support needs

R. Greifinger, United States

Sexual and reproductive health

J. Busza, United Kingdom
A. Nouga, United States

Gaps in research

S. Kasedde, United States

Questions and answers

P. Nuru Nabbumba Kisitu, Uganda


Small group work: case studies on panel presentations

A. Hairston, United States

Report back on small group activity

A. Hairston, United States


G. Rao Gupta, United States

Powerpoints presentations
Welcome and introduction - Charles Lyons
Welcome and introduction - Charles Lyons
Welcome and introduction - Charles Lyons

Retention in care and transitional needs - Melissa Sharer

Addressing psychosocial support needs - Rena Greifinger

Sexual and reproductive health -

Gaps in research - Susan Kasedde

Rapporteur report

Youth report by Jessie Hagadorn

MOPDD01 Winning the Generation: Family Centered Approaches to Prevention, Treatment, Care

Some interventions take a family centered approach to the prevention, treatment, and care of individuals with HIV, particularly in regards to preventing new HIV infections among the young people. It is often implemented by giving parents resources to talk to their children about sensitive issues like safe sex. Even though many of the studies described in the session are from different parts of the world, being a parent and talking to your children about sex is a universally uncomfortable and often avoided situation. These programs looked to study how the link between training or support for parents increased their effectiveness when talking about safe sex with their children.

A pilot study in South Africa took a US based program called Let’s Talk and adapted it to be more culturally relevant and focused on HIV prevention. The goal of the program is to improve parent and child communication and coach them on how to talk about safe sex. The program was implemented in a pre-existing worksite HIV prevention program and the follow up rate was very high. Although the training is intended for pre-adolescent children because it is easier for the cross gender conversation on sexually issues, programs could be expanded in the future for a wider range of ages.

MAMMA+ is a comprehensive service for HIV positive mothers and children, which linked all of the places women receive care to create a unified support network. This resulted comprehensive support led to a drop in HIV positive mothers abandoning their children.

Two other studies in Thailand observed the relationship between family and parental values on sexual activity of young women and showed that they internalized parental expectations and this was related to an increase in theoverall mental health in the family. Both studies concluded that HIV prevention training and health advisement of the parents could “trickle down” to their children.



    The organizers reserve the right to amend the programme.

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