Stigma, Social Support and Quality of Life among People Living with HIV/AIDS
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This study examined the relationship between Stigma, Perceived social support and Quality of life among People living with HIV/AIDS in Kabarole district. The study employed a correlational research design that was cross-sectional. A sample of 96 both females and males living with HIV/AIDS aged between 18-50 years and active on ART was selected using systematic random sampling technique. Data was collected by use of self-administered questionnaire which included demographic information, HIV stigma scale and WHOQOL-BREF for quality life. Data was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS version 21). Spearman Correlation Coefficient (rs) was used to test the significance of the hypotheses. Results revealed that there is no significant relationship between Stigma and quality of life among people living with HIV/AIDS. However the study findings indicate that there is a significant relationship between Social Support and Quality of life as well as a significant relationship between Stigma and Social Support among people living with HIV/AIDS in Kabarole district. There is a need to improve social support and reduce HIV-related stigma in PLWHA in order to improve their Quality of life. These findings can help inform the Organizations and related government departments to design effective programs aimed at improving social support and reduce HIV related stigma among people living with HIV/AIDS.