Social Support among People Living with HIV/ AIDS (PLHA) in Kannur District, India

  • Sobhith V K Research Scholar, Department of Social Work, Bishop Heber College (Autonomous), Tiruchirappalli, India.
  • Daniel Solomon M Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Bishop Heber College (Autonomous), Tiruchirappalli, India.
Keywords: HIV, People Living with HIV/ AIDS (PLHA), Social Support


Introduction: The HIV/ AIDS epidemic is still a threat to the health and
well-being of people globally. It is important to understand protective
factors like social support among People Living with HIV/ AIDS (PLHA).
Aim: The aim of the study was to study the social support and the factors
influencing social support among People Living with HIV/ AIDS (PLHA).
Method: The descriptive study design was used. Among the total
750 people registered in the district, the researcher selected 210
samples using simple random sampling method. The researcher used
a standardised scale – the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social
Support. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics and tests.
Results: While analysing the perceived social support of the respondents,
nearly half (48.1%) of the respondents were found to have a moderate
level of social support. The study also depicted that social support was
influenced by gender, marital status, and income of PLHA.
Conclusion: The study showed that PLHAs in the district were getting
significant social support. Gender, marital status and income were
influencing the social support of PLHAs.

How to cite this article:
Sobhit VK, Solomon MD. Social Support among
People Living with HIV/ AIDS (PLHA) in Kannur
District, India. Chettinad Health City Med J.



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