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Soc Work Public Health. 2015;30(7):545-9. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2015.1073647. Epub 2015 Sep 1.

"Now What?" to "So What!": Journey with Perinatally HIV Infected Adolescents Transitioning to Adulthood.

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a Prayas Health Group , Pune , India.
b Prayas Health Group, Pune, India and Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Population Research Centre , University of Groningen , Groningen , The Netherlands.


Adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV) struggle with questions pertaining to their future; contemplating "Now what?" The authors, a nongovernmental organization from India, designed residential workshops for ALHIV to provide them the space to share concerns and draw support from peers. This increased their self-belief and agency, induced voluntarism, and resulted in formation of a support group, "So What!" The members volunteered in planning a similar workshop for their peers and also shared their experiences of disclosure in the form of a booklet. Active involvement of ALHIV could be a key strategy to address the needs of ALHIV.


HIV infected adolescents; disclosure; peer support group; psycho-social support; transitioning to adulthood

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