Nondisclosure of HIV Infection to Sex Partners and Alcohol’s Role: A Russian Experience
To examine correlates of HIV disclosure, a convenience sample of 273 HIV-infected persons throughout rural Louisiana were interviewed. Disclosure to sexual partners at time of initial HIV-positive diagnosis and the time of the study interview was ascertained (an average of 5.76 years later). The prevalence of disclosure to past and current sex partners was 57.2% and 80.7% respectively. Those who reinitiated sex with their partner since testing positive for HIV and those who received partner notification were more likely to disclose to past partners. Non-African Americans and those with only one partner were more likely to disclose to present sex partners. Much like urban settings, disclosure is not universal, and interventions such as disclosure skills building and/or ongoing partner notification services may be needed to facilitate disclosure.