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ZANON, Bruna Pase; PAULA, Cristiane Cardoso de  and  PADOIN, Stela Maris de Mello. Revealing an HIV diagnosis for children and adolescents: subsidy for the practice of care. Rev. Gaúcha Enferm. [online]. 2016, vol.37, n.spe, e2016-0040.  Epub July 20, 2017. ISSN 1983-1447.


To collectively build a guide for following-up on HIV diagnosis disclosure to children and adolescents in a specialized service.


Convergent-care research approach with observation triangulation, interview and groups, conducted from May to June 2015 with seven health professionals in a pediatric outpatient clinic for infectious diseases. Thematic content analysis was developed.


The discussion of understanding the disclosure, its triggers, actors involved, used strategies, and limits and possibilities listed by the professionals subsidized the construction of a guide to be applied in the stages: analyzing children’s questions and curiosities; evaluating their cognitive ability; discussing the reasons to reveal; listing the professionals involved on follow-up process; including family; developing strategies for disclosure.


This guide may mediate changes in care practice to ensure the child’s rights and to make the professionals co-accountable.

Keywords : HIV; Child health; Adolescent health; Truth disclosure.

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