Variations in the Role of Social Support on Disclosure Among Newly Diagnosed HIV-Infected People Who Inject Drugs in Vietnam

Vivian F. Go, Carl Latkin, Nguyen Le Minh, Constantine Frangakis, Tran Viet Ha, Teerada Sripaipan, Tran Thi Mo, Wendy W. Davis, Pham The Vu, Vu Minh Quan

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Abstract

Stigma and perceived social support can influence the decision to disclose HIV positive status, especially for people who inject drugs (PWID). In this analysis, the association between social support and HIV disclosure among 336 newly diagnosed HIV-infected PWID in Northern Vietnam was assessed. One month after diagnosis, 34.8 % of participants had not disclosed to anyone. Disclosure to anyone and to a family member specifically, was associated with baseline social support in the form of positive interactions and a history of incarceration. Disclosing to a family member was less likely among those who had unprotected sex in the previous 3 months. Disclosure to an injecting partner was more likely among those with a history of being in a drug treatment program, knowing someone on ART and believing that ART is safe. These data suggest that social support may facilitate disclosure among family members, including spouses, while disclosure to injecting partners is greater when PWID know that ART is a safe and viable option.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-164
Number of pages10
JournalAIDS and behavior
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • HIV disclosure
  • Injection drug use
  • People living with HIV
  • Social support
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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