Theses / Dissertations >
College of Health Sciences >
Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
|Title: ||Assessing HIV related stigma and associated factors among antiretroviral treatment clients in the Tano North Municipality|
|Authors: ||Aggrey, John Maccarthy|
Tano North Municipality
|Issue Date: ||3-Nov-2020|
|Abstract: ||Aims and Objectives: Several studies have identified HIV related stigma across the
globe as a key factor impeding HIV identification, prevention and treatment efforts.
This study was designed to determine the influence of HIV/AIDS related stigma on
anti- retroviral treatment adherence among persons living with HIV assessing
antiretroviral services at the St. John of God and Bomaa Government Hospital in the
Tano North Municipality, Ghana.
Methods: A cross sectional quantitative approach was adopted as the study design.
Purposive sampling method was used to select 156 clients with the aid of a
structured questionnaire as data collection tool. Data was analyzed using SPSS and
STATA (regression analysis) for frequencies and Chi-square tests were calculated and
p-values of less than 0.05 were accepted as being statistically significant for all
Results: The findings revealed that, 53% of PLWHIV agreed that HIV related stigma
was high. Isolation (33%), verbal stigma (68%), loss of identity (11%) and loss of
access to resources (8%) were forms of stigma experienced by PLWHIV. Inadequate
information and fear of casual transmission were identified as cause of HIV related
stigma. Logistic regression analysis involving Isolation from social gathering (OR:
2.985: CI: 1.06-7.67, P-value =0.0038), was significantly associated with adherence
to antiretroviral treatment.
Conclusion: The study concludes that HIV related stigma influence ART medication
adherence among persons living with HIV at the St. John of God and Bomaa
|Description: ||A dissertation submitted to the School of Graduate
Studies, (KNUST), in partial fulfillment of the
requirements for the award of Mph
(Health Promotion and Education), 2019|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Health Sciences|
Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.