Risk Behavior among PLWHA Receiving ARV Treatment in Thailand

Kerry Richter, Mahidol University

Research on risk behavior among HIV-positive individuals has found that unsafe sexual practices may continue even among those who know their status. This paper reports the results of a survey of HIV-positive individuals currently receiving ARV treatment in a hospital setting in Thailand. The data were collected through structured interviews of HIV positive persons aged 18 or over receiving ARV treatment from a hospital either with or without a holistic center. The survey included detailed information about social and psychological characteristics, CD4 levels, HIV status disclosure to partners, discrimination experiences, sexual behavior and risk practices. The paper will use multivariate analysis in the form of logistic regression models to investigate the determinants of risk behavior, including an examination of the programmatic factors that may help to reduce risk behavior.

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Presented in Poster Session 7