Communication of HIV diagnosis in proper time: Scoping review


OBJECTIVE: To map how the communication of the HIV infection diagnosis occurs in pediatrics. METHODS: Scoping review of the 64 original articles. We selected research papers in Portuguese, English, or Spanish, with the participants: child, adolescent, relative/family, and/or health professional from 2011–2020. We accessed the following sources: PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus, WoS, ASSIA, PsycINFO, ERIC, Sociological Abstracts, Edubase, LILACS, BDENF, and IndexPsi. RESULTS: Regarding the population, it was evident to us that the relative must be the sender of the diagnosis with the professionals’ support; regarding the reasons for the communication, the child maturity, expressed by questions, the necessity of therapy adherence, abilities to communicate and the right of knowing the diagnosis must be considered. The communication channel is centered on materials that promote comprehension, quantity, and quality of information. That indicated an interactive process. Regarding the effects, they are beneficial when the communication occurs at a proper time. CONCLUSION: Communication must occur through a process that includes professional support to the relatives/family, development of abilities to evaluate the appropriate moment, and the monitoring effect.


Cremonese L, de Mello Padoin SM, de Paula CC




  • Population(s)
    • Children or Youth (less than 18 years old)
    • General HIV+ population
  • Testing
    • Testing
  • Health Systems
    • Delivery arrangements


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