HIV-infected parents and their children in the United States

Mark A. Schuster, David E. Kanouse, Sally C. Morton, Samuel A. Bozzette, Angela Miu, Gwendolyn B. Scott, Martin F. Shapiro

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Objectives. This study sought to determine the number, characteristics, and living situations of children of HIV-infected adults. Methods. Interviews were conducted in 1996 and early 1997 with a nationally representative probability sample of 2864 adults receiving health care for HIV within the contiguous United States. Results. Twenty-eight percent of infected adults in care had children. Women were more likely than men to have children (60% vs 18%) and to live with them (76% vs 34%). Twenty-one percent of parents had been hospitalized during the previous 6 months, and 10% had probably been drug dependent in the previous year. Parents continued to have children after being diagnosed with HIV: 12% of all women conceived and bore their youngest child after diagnosis, and another 10% conceived before but gave birth after diagnosis. Conclusions. Clinical and support services for people affected by the HIV epidemic should have a family focus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1074-1081
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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