Social Support and Quality of Life Patients with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome


Social support is a fundamental element of every individual’s life. It promotes the feeling of being loved, valued, and respected, especially for the person with HIV/AIDS infection. Quality of life is the ability of an individual to have a good and regular life. Health and well-being are the key factors in gaining high quality of life. Therefore, to attain an appropriate quality of life, giving social support to patients with HIV/AIDS is compulsory. This research investigated the relationship between social support and HIV/AIDS patients’ quality of life. This study used a correlational design associated with a cross-sectional approach. This research involved all of the patients with HIV/AIDS in Yayasan Cahaya Kasih Peduli AIDS WPA Turen. The data analysis used the Spearman rank correlation test. The finding of the research showed that 1 (2.2%) obtained less social support, 9 (20.0%) obtained sufficient social support, and 35 (77.8%) obtained optimal social support. However, life quality 1 (2.2%) assimilates low life quality, 10 (22.2%) assimilates an average life quality, and 34 (75.6%) assimilates a high life quality. The result from the Spearman rank correlation test appeared with the signification value (sig)= 0.000 < 0.05, and then H1 was accepted; hence it was discovered that there is a positive correlation between social support and quality of life in HIV/AIDS patients.

Keywords: social support, quality of life, and patients with HIV/AIDS

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