Stigma, Family Support, and Their Associations with the Use of HIV/AIDS Health Services at Dr. RM. Djoelham Hospital, Medan, North Sumatera

Ratih Sufra Rizkani, Surya Utama, Erna Mutiara


Universitas Sumatera Utara



Backgrounds: HIV/AIDS-related stigma is a key factor that contributes to the diffi­cul­­ties in controlling the pandemic. Some studies showed that stigma has particular im­pli­­ca­tions for both the spread and reduction of HIV/AIDS. The family is an important con­­text that should place emphasis for eliminating HIV/AIDS-related stigma. This stu­dy aimed to determine stigma, family support, and their associations with the use of HIV/AIDS health services at DR. RM. Djoel­ham Hospital, Medan, North Su­ma­tera.

Subjects and Method: This was a cross sectional study conducted at DR. RM. Djoel­ham Hospital, Medan, North Sumatera. A sample of 72 HIV/AIDS patients who diag­nos­ed at least one year was selected for this study by accidental sampling. The depen­dent variable was the uti­liza­tion of HIV/AIDS health services. The independent vari­ab­les were stigma and family support. The data were collected by interview and analy­zed by chi-square.

Results: The utilization of HIV/AIDS health services was associated with stigma and fa­mily support.

Conclusion: Stigma and family support are asso­ciated with the utilization of HIV/­AIDS health services.

Keywords: HIV-AIDS, family support, stigma, health services

Correspondence: Ratih Sufra Rizkani. Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, North Sumatera.

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