The Impact of Social Stigma and Depression on the Quality of Life of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Pematangsiantar


Betty Saurina Mariany

 

Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sumatera Utara

 

ABSTRACT

Background: Earlier studies have shown that depressive disorders and symp­toms significantly impair functioning in a number of areas, including work functi­oning, social functioning, and health. This study aimed to examine the impact of social stigma and depression on the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS in Pematangsiantar, North Sumatera.

Subjects and Method: This was a cross sectional study conducted in Pema­tang­siantar, North Sumatera. A sample of 32 people living with HIV/AIDS was se­lec­ted for this study. The dependent variable was quality of life. The inde­pen­dent variables were social stigma and depression. The data were collected by questionnaire and analyzed by a multiple logistic regression.

Results: Both social stigma (OR= 0.34; p= 0.023) and depression (OR= 0.17; p= 0.048) deteriorated the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Conclusion: Both social stigma and depression deteriorate the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, social stigma, depression, quality of life.

Correspondence: Betty Saurina Mariany. Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, North Sumatera. Email: betty_mariany@yahoo.com. Mobile: 081362205391.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/theicph.2018.01.11

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