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Disclosure of HIV status to sexual partners by people living with HIV

Show simple item record Thupayagale-Tshweneagae, Gloria Mgutshini, Tennyson 2016-09-16T14:19:25Z 2016-09-16T14:19:25Z 2015-03-23
dc.identifier.citation Tshweneagae, G.T., Oss, V.M. & Mgutshini, T., 2015, ‘Disclosure of HIV status to sexual partners by people living with HIV’, Curationis 38(1), Art. #1174, 6 pages. curationis.v38i1.1174 en
dc.identifier.issn 0379-8577
dc.identifier.uri curationis.v38i1.1174
dc.description.abstract Background: Disclosure of one’s HIV status to a sexual partner can have significant health implications. From a health promotion point of view, disclosure is seen as a cornerstone for the prevention of HIV transmission between partners. Despite its importance as a strategy for controlling the spread of HIV, there are challenges that inhibit voluntary disclosure. Objectives: In exploring factors associated with disclosure of HIV status, the study had two complementary objectives related to: (1) investigation of participants’ views about HIVpositive status disclosure to sexual partners; and (2) a broader identification of factors that influence disclosure of HIV-positive status. Method: The study explored factors associated with disclosure of the HIV status of people living with HIV to their sexual partners. Purposive sampling was used to select 13 participants living with HIV who attended a wellness clinic. Primary data were collected via an in-depth interview with each of the participants. Results: The exploration showed that male participants were notably more reluctant to disclose to their sexual partners for fear of rejection; and secrecy was commonly reported around sexual matters. Female participants (who were in the majority) were relatively more willing to disclose their HIV status to their sexual partners. Despite the complexity of disclosure, all participants understood the importance of disclosure to their sexual partners. Conclusion: There is a need for HIV prevention strategies to focus on men in particular, so as to strengthen disclosure counselling services provided to people living with HIV and to advocate strongly for partner testing. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher AOSIS en
dc.subject HIV status en
dc.subject Disclosure en
dc.title Disclosure of HIV status to sexual partners by people living with HIV en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department Health Studies en

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