Self-disclosure of HIV infection to sexual partners

Am J Public Health. 1991 Oct;81(10):1321-2. doi: 10.2105/ajph.81.10.1321.


Self-disclosure of HIV infection to current sexual partners was examined in 138 seropositive men, mostly lower income Hispanics, from Los Angeles. Forty-five percent had been sexually active since learning their serostatus. Of these, 52% had kept their infection secret from one or more partners. The likelihood of disclosure decreased in direct proportion to the number of partners. Nondisclosure occurred in conjunction with unprotected receptive and insertive anal intercourse. Potential factors promoting nondisclosure are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • HIV Seropositivity / psychology*
  • Health Status
  • Hispanic or Latino / psychology
  • Homosexuality
  • Humans
  • Los Angeles
  • Male
  • Self Disclosure*
  • Sexual Behavior* / ethnology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires