Experiences Of People Living With Hiv/Aids (PLHA) On Stigma And Discrimination

Jane, Buncuan and Surianah, Binti Yahya (2018) Experiences Of People Living With Hiv/Aids (PLHA) On Stigma And Discrimination. In: 4th Putrajaya International Conference on Children, Women, Elderly and People with Disabilities (PICCWED 4), 24-25 February 2018, Hotel Bangi-Putrajaya, Bandar Baru Bangi.

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INTRODUCTION: The incidence of HIV/AIDS is increasing globally. It is one of the public health challenges. The number of people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHAs) lives longer as a result of recent advances and access to antiretroviral therapy (ART). On the other hand, the PLHWAs were reported to face stigma and discrimination. AIM: This study aimed to explore the lived experiences of PLHAs in Sarawak in relation to stigma and discrimination. METHOD: This study employed a qualitative descriptive study with purposive sampling approach. Volunteers were selected from two health facilities in Sarawak. Participants were interviewed using an open ended set of questions as a guideline to collect in-depth information related to stigma and discrimination. Data was transcribed and analysed manually. Saturation reached at the sixth participant. FINDINGS: This study found that stigma began with the disclosure of the disease and discrimination occurred at various levels: family, community, workplace and health care settings. These had affected their relationships with people and income. The PLHAs had used some strategies to cope with their livings: seeking social support, denial and nondisclosure, turning to God and religious system and taking prescribed ART. CONCLUSION: This study highlighted the complexities of HIV-related stigma and discrimination as a phenomenon. It could assist significant people and policy makers to address these challenges and lessen the sufferings of PLHAs.

Item Type: Proceeding (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: HIV/AIDS, stigma, discrimination, social support, nondisclosure, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2019 08:15
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2019 08:15
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/22994

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