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Disclosure of HIV-antibody test results & reactions of sexual partners, friends, family & health professionals.


Int Conf AIDS. 1989 Jun 4-9;5:924 (abstract no. E.729). Unique

OBJECTIVE: To investigate to whom HIV-ab test results are disclosed. METHODS: 107 gay men reported: [1] Persons told results of HIV-ab test and [2] their reactions - at 2 weeks, 3, 6 & 12 months following notification. RESULTS: TABULAR DATA, SEE ABSTRACT VOLUME. CONCLUSION: About Half of lovers and nearly a third of new sexual partners were told test results - more quickly by negatives than positives. Friends were almost always told and reacted well. Mothers were more than twice as likely to be told as fathers. Most physicians had been told by one year after notification -- but less than a third of dentists. Negatives had favorable reactions from all; positives experienced their most unfavorable reactions from dentists and sexual partners.

Family/*PSYCHOLOGY *Health Manpower Homosexuality Human HIV Antibodies/*IMMUNOLOGY HIV Seropositivity/*PSYCHOLOGY *Immunologic Techniques Male *Self Disclosure Sexual Partners/*PSYCHOLOGY ABSTRACT


Information in this article was accurate in September 30, 1990. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.