Objective: This study aims to determine the relationship between stigma, religiosity, and the quality of life of HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) in Medan. Methods: This is an analytical observational study with a cross-sectional approach. Data in demographics, stigma, religiosity, and quality of life were obtained directly from the participants. Data were taken from April to May 2018. There were 175 subjects who met the criteria which; (i) HIV-positive MSM; (ii) aged ≥ 18 y.o.; and (iii) able to read and write. Results: Bivariate analysis found that there is a negative relationship between stigma and quality of life (p-value = 0.007), and there is a positive relationship between religiosity and quality of life (p-value = 0.000). Conclusion: These findings suggest that stigma is an indicator of poor quality of life, while higher religiosity is associated with better quality of life. An interdisciplinary approach is needed in health care planning and social services, to improve the quality of life of HIV-positive MSM.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2019|
- Quality of life