What is it about?

The study examined why mothers living with HIV (MLH) participating in the intervention arm of the TRACK trial (focusing on serostatus disclosure/nondisclosure) chose not to disclose their status to their children. Results showed that mothers who were healthier physically and mentally, had less conflict with their children, better family relationships, and felt less stigma were less likely to disclose. Specifically, those feeling physically better were 58% less likely to disclose. Mothers with low self-efficacy were 59% less likely to disclose. The study highlights the need to consider a mother’s health, family dynamics, and confidence when creating disclosure programs.

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Why is it important?

This study reveals factors that can influence nondisclosure of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) serostatus for those who specifically received a disclosure-focused intervention (i.e., mothers living with HIV), highlighting the importance of considering physical and mental health factors, family dynamics, and self-efficacy when designing interventions aimed at promoting disclosure.

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This page is a summary of: Predictors of serostatus nondisclosure in mothers living with human immunodeficiency virus receiving a disclosure intervention: Analysis of a randomized clinical trial intervention arm., Health Psychology, April 2024, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/hea0001390.
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