The Plight of Children Growing Up in HIV Afflicted Families in Delhi

Jyotika Taneja


India seems to be a low HIV prevalence country in percentages on the global map but the virus in absolute numbers has affected and changed the lives of millions of people across the country. With HIV and AIDS infecting any one person in a family, the child in the family becomes vulnerable in many ways. The current study gives a depiction of the situation of children growing up in HIV afflicted families where at least one parent is affected by HIV.

In depth Interviews were conducted with 50 parents (mother/ father). The respondents have provided information regarding the impact of HIV status of parent/s on children’s education, healthcare, recreation and social interactions of the child. The study also highlights the barriers and obstacles encountered in the overall development of child as stated by their parent/s.

The findings show that, along with the responsibility to earn to run the households, they also have to struggle with their health. They learn to cope up with stigma and discrimination, paucity of funds and parenting children who have witnessed the death of their one parent. The findings also bring into light various psychological and social needs of these children which remain unmet because of this illness in the family.

In conclusion, the current study brings out the impact of HIV on all family members to be both disturbing and alarming. Thus, the paper suggests some possible ways to address the issues, needs and challenges faced by children growing up in families affected by HIV.


Children, HIV/AIDS, Impact on children, HIV afflicted families

Full Text:



Aggarwal, J. and Gupta, S. (2007). Early Childhood Care and Education: Principles and Practices. Delhi: Shipra Publications.

EveryChild. (2010). Positively Caring: Ensuring that positive choices can be made about the care of children affected by HIV.

Hong, Y., Li, X., Zhao, G., Lin, X., Zhang, J., Zhao, J. and Zhang, L. (2010). Perceived Social Support and Psychosocial Distress Among Children Affected by AIDS in China. Community Mental Health Journal, 46 (1), pp. 33-43.

Lee, Martha B., Rotheram- Borus, Mary Jane (2002). Parent’s disclosure of HIV to their Children. AIDS, 16 (16), pp 2201-2207.

Mallmann, S., (2003). Children Affected By HIV/AIDS. Namibia, Catholic AIDS Action

NACO (2012-2013). Annual Report.

Shaffer, A., Jones, J., Kotchick, A. and Forehand, R. (2001). Telling the Children: Disclosure of Maternal HIV Infection and Its Effects on Child Psychosocial Adjustment. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 10 (3), pp 301-313.

Subramanian, T., Gupte, M., Dorairaj, V., Periannan, V., and Mathai, A., (2009): Psycho-Social Impact and Quality of Life of People Living with HIV/AIDS in South India. AIDS Care, Vol. 21 No.4, April 2009.

UNICEF. (2012). The State of World’s Children Report.

Visser, A., Huizinga, G., Graaf, W., Hoekstra, H. and Hoekstra-Weebers, J. (2004). The Impact of Parental Cancer on Children and the Family: A Review of the Literature. Cancer Treatment Reviews, 30 (8), pp. 683-694.


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.