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Title: Perceived barriers to participation in HIV support groups among people living with HIV and AIDS at Katlehong township South Africa
Authors: Kekana, Mamma Olga
Advisors: Madiba, Sphiwe
Keywords: HIV/AIDS
Support groups
People living with HIV AIDS
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: University of Limpopo (Medunsa Campus)
Abstract: Background: Support groups are an informal resource that attempts to provide healing components to a variety of problems and challenges. An informal support outside of family, friends, or professionals often provides greater understanding, more similarity (from individuals experiencing similar life events), an opportunity for empathy and altruism, and a sense of identity for participants. Learning new ways to handle challenges, cope with changes, and maintain new behaviors are all important aspects of the support group experience. Purpose: The aim of the study was to determine what HIV positive people perceive as barriers to participate in HIV support groups. Methods: This was a quantitative study design using structured questionnaires on 248 participants who gave written consents to participate in the study. Results: Majority were female 63% participants, single (52.63%), unemployed (60%), between ages 31-40 and 52.02% attained secondary education. Participants who were currently on HIV treatment (prophylaxis and ARV) has attended HIV support groups before while participants who were not on any treatment have never attended HIV support groups. Participants who never attended HIV support group also never attended other support groups. The main reasons that participants gave for not attending in HIV support groups was that they are concerned about their privacy and HIV status being known by others. Barriers preventing attendance of HIV support group were support groups are hard to find, work schedules and lack of transport money.
Description: Thesis (MPH)--University of Limpopo, 2011.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10386/399
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