Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies: An International Interdisciplinary Journal for Research, Policy and Care Call for Papers - HIV Exposed Uninfected children and youth - advances in the evidence

Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies

The challenges faced by HIV exposed yet uninfected (HEU) children need careful understanding and monitoring. This covers both the biomedical and the psychosocial aspects.  While advent of antiretroviral treatment and the success of option B+ has significantly reduced the incidence of infant HIV acquisition, children exposed in utero to HIV are not achieving similar health and developmental outcomes to children born to HIV-uninfected women.  The population of HIV-exposed infants, children and adolescents exceeded 17 million in 2017 and is growing with increased maternal use of maternal antiretrovirals in pregnancy and throughout breastfeeding.. The Fourth HEU Child and Adolescent Workshop, held in Amsterdam as a preconference at the 2018 International AIDS meeting, explored the health and developmental challenges experienced by children and adolescents. Given the growth of this vulnerable population in the maturing HIV epidemic, we will be devoting a special issue of the Journal Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies to this important group.. (     . 

For this special issue a call for abstracts is proposed on ‘HIV Exposed Uninfected children and youth – advances in the evidence”.

The guest editors invite submissions for this special issue. Authors reporting on original research are especially encouraged. Short reports, reviews, debates, commentaries and viewpoints will also be considered. All authors interested in submitting to the special issue are invited to send a short title, list of potential authors and a brief abstract (no longer than 300 words), outlining their proposed paper.

Abstracts may include, but are not limited to:

  • Qualitative and quantitative research specific to HEU groups
  •  Addressing good practices, challenges, barriers and lessons learned, including systematic reviews and insights from perspectives outside of the field that may inform good practice
  • Interventions addressing one or more aspects of need along the course of the cascade for HEU children/adolescents.

This compilation of articles will expand the current evidence base and will help orient decision and policy makers on the development of future policy regarding plans and provisions for this specific and growing group.

Instructions for Authors

The deadline for the submission of interest is 15 October 2019.

Please email expressions of interest to the guest editorial panel c/o journal manager

The deadline for submission of final articles will be January 19th 2019.

Editorial information

  • Guest editor: Kathleen Powis, Harvard University, USA
  • Guest editor: Amy Slogrove, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Guest editor: Lorraine Sherr, UCL, UK