Child Desire Among Men and Women Living with HIV/AIDS in the Traditional Culture of Vietnam

Bach Xuan Tran, Ha Dai Duong, Anh Quynh Nguyen, Linh Dieu Pham, Tung Thanh Tran, Carl A. Latkin

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In various settings, heterogeneity in fertility rates among HIV-affected couples highlights the importance of understanding contextual factors to inform program planning and implementation. We interviewed 1016 patients with HIV/AIDS at seven clinics in Vietnam to assess their desire to have a(nother) child and willingness to pay (WTP) for prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) services. One-fifth of participants reported their desire for a(another) child and this was slightly higher among men than women. Factors associated with the desire to have a(nother) child of HIV/AIDS patients included (1) not yet have a child or a son, (2) provincial and district-level service, (3) income per capita, (4) marital status and (5) history of drug injection. The average WTP for PMTCT service was US $179 (95% CI 161–197). The study highlights the need for interventions on social, cultural barriers, improved accessibility and outcomes of counseling, and better care and treatment services for couples and child affected by HIV/AIDS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2888-2894
Number of pages7
JournalAIDS and behavior
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • Child desire
  • Sex preference
  • Vietnam
  • Willingness to pay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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