Skip to main content
main-content

01.12.2015 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2016 Open Access

BMC Public Health 1/2016

Women’s communication self-efficacy and expectations of primary male partners’ cooperation in sexually transmitted infection treatment in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: a cross-sectional study

Zeitschrift:
BMC Public Health > Ausgabe 1/2016
Autoren:
Ly Thi-Hai Tran, Thanh Cong Bui, Christine M. Markham, Michael D. Swartz, Quan Minh Tran, Alan G. Nyitray, Thuy Thi-Thu Huynh, Lu-Yu Hwang
Wichtige Hinweise

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

LT participated in the design of the study, participated in data collection, performed the statistical analysis, and drafted the manuscript. TB designed the study, participated in the conception and the development of the analysis, and revised the manuscript. CM participated in the conception and the development of the analysis, and revised the manuscript. MS participated in the conception and the development of the analysis, and revised the manuscript. QT collected the data and participated in data analysis. AN participated in the conception and the development of the analysis, and revised the manuscript. TH provided administrative, technical, or material support. LH participated in the conception and the development of the analysis, and revised the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Abstract

Background

Effective control of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) depends on affected patients notifying their sexual partners, and partners following through with screening and treatment. Our study assessed high-risk-STI women’s confidence in STI-diagnosis-related communications with their primary male partners in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and determined associated characteristics of the women and their partners.

Methods

We employed convenience and snowball sampling in a clinic-based setting to recruit 126 women from August to October 2013. All data were obtained from women’s self-report.

Results

The proportions of participants who were “slightly confident” or “very confident” that they could disclose their STI positivity to partners, ask partners to have an STI examination or treatment, and give partners bacterial-STI medications were 70.3 %, 62.1 %, and 69.0 %, respectively. The proportions who perceived that their partners would be “very likely” to have an STI examination and to take STI medications were 16.2 % and 38.8 %, respectively. Significantly lower self-efficacy was observed in women who had a lower education level, who had ever traded sex, or whose primary partners were not husbands or fiancés.

Conclusions

Our results suggest potential for piloting STI-partner-targeted interventions. To be effective, these programs should improve women’s self-efficacy and primary partners’ cooperation with screening and treatment.
Literatur
Über diesen Artikel

Weitere Artikel der Ausgabe 1/2016

BMC Public Health 1/2016 Zur Ausgabe