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Abstract

The objective of this research was to estimate the prevalence of food insecurity and determine if food insecurity is associated with psychological well-being among women living with HIV/AIDS. Survey data were collected from 268 women living with HIV/AIDS attending two clinics that provide medical and social support services to HIV-positive patients who live in 23 counties in Southeast Alabama. The results indicated that, using USDA food security scale, 54% of the women were food insecure. Multiple regression analysis results indicated that income, depressive symptoms, race, and participation in SNAP were significant predictors of food insecurity; employment and education were not statistically significant predictors. The overall model was significant at the 5% level reflecting the validity of the model. Based on these results, programs that address food insecurity should be a critical component of HIV/AIDS treatment in the Alabama Black Belt.

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