Health care for women international 2017 08 16() 0 doi 10.1080/07399332.2017.1358723
Insights into disclosure by 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 which promote self-disclosure combined with family support for female PLWHA.