Few days back I visited a Children Living with HIV/AIDS (CLHA) home In Andhra Pradesh, India. She is @@@@@ , 18 years old, AIDS Orphan, on ART and living with her 10 years old younger brother at Vijayawada. He is going for fruits wending at moving trains. She was matured physically but mentally retorted and staying alone at her home.
When I visited her home I interacted with her for much time with the support of field worker. That case was giving the opportunity to think on the issue. I observed so many CLHA teenagers in the fields of the Andhra Pradesh.
This is also a one of the current issue in fields. Nearly 2.1 million Children living with HIV/AIDS (CLHA) in world and approximately10% - 15% are teenagers. They receiving, medicine& treatment from Hospitals and love, care, support from Parents, Grannies, homes, NGOs, relatives, social workers& friends. They are growing physically, psychologically, socially, economically and educationally and having matured mindset. Anti Retroviral Therapy is a boon to CLHA and changing like boost boys. It is good. But future of CLHA is blank. They are in teenage, having same feelings, desires; mindsets, interests, thoughts and activities like all the teenagers. If forget their HIV status and have sex with any one, situation is not in our hands. Again epidemic will repeat in teenagers (13 -19).
This is also one problem in the world. Need to provide the basic knowledge on HIV/AIDS and disclose the HIV status to with CLHA, Care givers at the right situation.
VMM is a voluntary organization started the “Prerana” friends groups for reduce the positive prevention in the CLHA and increase the ART adherence in the CLHA.
NGOs, CBOs, FBOs, Government Organizations, Donors have to aware on this issue and form issue based support groups to protect the teenagers. If we do not protect our teenagers again the HIV epidemic will return from the teenagers.