Family-Focused HIV Disclosure Intervention in Thailand

At a glance:

Project Name:
Family-focused HIV Disclosure Intervention in Thailand
Brief overview:

This is a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01). HIV disclosure is a key stressor among HIV-affected families inThailand, and the impact radiates throughout the family. By addressing HIV disclosure as a family matter, the proposed study aims to develop and pilot a culturally tailored intervention in Northeastern Thailand in Nakhon Ratchasima Province.

Geographical location:  Nakhon Ratchasima province,Thailand

Intervention model:  Group session delivered through existing monthly support groups, supplemented with home-based activities.

Research methods (brief description):

In Phase 1, formative research will be conducted using in-depth interviews with 20 People Living with HIV (PLH), 20 family members, and 10 healthcare providers to explore the concerns, barriers and motivators around HIV disclosure.  In Phase 2, we will develop a culturally tailored HIV disclosure intervention by engaging 20 PLH through a series of focus groups.  In Phase 3, we will pilot test the intervention with 40 PLH and compare their physical, psychological and social outcomes with the outcomes of 40 PLH in the standard care group.  Follow-up assessments with PLH will be conducted at 6 months.

Local significance (How has this project impacted the immediate population?):

The findings from all three phases of the proposed study will provide the vital information on which to base the proposal for a full-scale HIV disclosure intervention trial inNortheastern Thailand.

International significance (How has this project impacted the global community?):

The proposed intervention has the potential to be applicable in other resource poor countries with PLH facing barriers and concerns regarding HIV disclosure.