Women’s report of regret of HIV disclosure to family, friends and sex partners

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Emotions, Family (Psychology), Friends (Psychology), HIV infections, HIV seropositivity, Health surveys, Longitudinal studies, Odds ratio, Self disclosure, Sexual partners, Social support, Truth disclosure, Women's health


The purpose of this study was to examine whether HIV-positive women experience regret as a consequence of disclosing their HIV serostatus. Participants for this study were 73 HIV-positive women involved in a longitudinal study of HIV disclosure. Results revealed that overall, participants experienced little regret. Fifty nine percent of women experienced no regret and 71% had regret percentages that were less than 10%. Results indicated that all estimated odds ratios were not statistically significant, with the exception of relationship satisfaction and relationship to participant.