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The role of the family in HIV status disclosure among women in Vietnam: Familial dependence and independence

Nguyen, C. T.K.; Dinh, D.T.H.; White, J. L.; Hipwell, M.; Pharris, A.


C. T.K. Nguyen

D.T.H. Dinh

Jo White
Marie Curie - Senior Research Fellow PPI

M. Hipwell

A. Pharris


© 2018 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Insights into disclosure by people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) can inform strategies for treatment and support, yet Vietnamese women's self-disclosure patterns are poorly understood. We conducted interviews with 12 HIV-positive women, identifying three principal factors influencing disclosure to family members: patrilocal residence, desire to protect own family, and the need for financial support. Women's decision-making about disclosure was significantly affected by dependence on or independence of parents-in-law and their own parents. We believe that our findings reveal the complex interplay of stigma and disclosure within Vietnamese families, highlighting the need for specific social measures that promote self-disclosure combined with family support for female PLWHA.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 3, 2018
Journal Health Care for Women International
Print ISSN 0739-9332
Electronic ISSN 1096-4665
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 4
Pages 415-428
APA6 Citation Nguyen, C. T., Dinh, D., White, J. L., Hipwell, M., Nguyen, T., & Pharris, A. (2018). The role of the family in HIV status disclosure among women in Vietnam: Familial dependence and independence. Health Care for Women International, 39(4), 415-428.
Keywords disclosure, women, independence, dependence, HIV/AIDS
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Healthcare for Women International on 18th October 2017, available online:


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