Predictors of HIV Disclosure in Infected Persons Presenting to Establish Care

Academic Article


  • Persons receiving effective HIV treatment experience longevity and improvement in quality of life. For those infected, social support is associated with improved medication adherence. Disclosure of infection status is likely a prerequisite for social support. However, little research describes patterns of HIV disclosure by infected persons. We retrospectively evaluated factors associated with disclosure among patients initiating HIV care at a university-based clinic from 2007 to 2012. Of 490 persons initiating care, 13 % had not disclosed their HIV infection to anyone. Black race significantly predicted non-disclosure and persons living with a significant other or friends were more likely to have disclosed their HIV infection versus those living alone. CD4 + T lymphocyte count <200 was associated with nondisclosure and disclosure only to family members. Future research is needed to better understand factors associated with disclosure of HIV infection status, because this could enhance receipt of social support and contribute to improved HIV health outcomes.
  • Published In

  • AIDS and Behavior  Journal
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    Author List

  • Elopre L; Westfall AO; Mugavero MJ; Zinski A; Burkholder G; Hook EW; Van Wagoner N
  • Start Page

  • 147
  • End Page

  • 154
  • Volume

  • 20
  • Issue

  • 1