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Study explores coping strategies and self-stigma among people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Indonesia

This article by Dr. Ahmad Ikhlasul Amal and colleagues is published in the journal, The Open Public Health Journal

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Bentham Science Publishers

Individuals living with HIV often face significant physical and mental stress, including self-stigma, which can impede their ability to seek treatment and disclose their status. Adopting effective coping strategies helps them manage these challenges to their well-being. However, research on coping strategies and self-stigma in newly diagnosed HIV patients in Indonesia remains limited.

Researchers from Indonesia aimed to examine how people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Indonesia cope with their emotions and how this relates to their self-perception.

Conducted in Semarang City, Indonesia, at the Poncol and Halmahera Public Health Centers, the research involved 150 individuals diagnosed with HIV within the past year. Participants completed two questionnaires assessing coping strategies and self-perception, and the data were analyzed using the Sommers test.

The findings revealed that a majority of participants, approximately 64.7%, reported low coping strategies, while 74% experienced high levels of self-stigma. Statistical analysis showed a significant correlation (p-value = 0.001, correlation strength = 0.375) between coping strategies and self-stigma, indicating a moderate relationship.

In essence, the study highlights the interconnectedness between coping mechanisms and self-stigma among PLHIV in Indonesia, underscoring the importance of addressing both aspects in HIV care and support programs.

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