Title

An intervention to assist men who have sex with men disclose their serostatus to family members: Results from a pilot study

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Keywords

cross-over studies, follow-up studies, HIV Seropositivity, Interpersonal relations, Intervention studies, Pilot projects, Self disclosure, Sexual Partners, Social Support, Socioeconomic factors, Truth disclosure

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of an intervention to assist HIV positive men who have sex with men (MSM) in forming and executing strategies for the disclosure of their serostatus to their families of origin. Results indicate that the intervention was successful in assisting men with the primary outcome of disclosure. Participants reported no regret with disclosures occurring during the intervention and follow-up period. Effects on secondary outcomes including family functioning, depression, loneliness, and perceived social support were inconclusive. Implications, refinements of this intervention, and suggestions for future disclosure research are provided.

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Serovich, J. M., Reed, S. J., Grafsky, E. L., Hartwell, E. E., Andrist, D. W. (2011). An intervention to assist men who have sex with men disclose their serostatus to family members: results from a pilot study. AIDS & Behavior, 15(8),1647-1653. doi:10.1007/s10461-011-9905-2