Effective social support can dramatically improve the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Enhanced social support networks have been shown to improve: mental health outcomes, HIV medication treatment adherence, self-esteem, perceived quality of life, physical health outcomes, productivity at work, self-care behaviors and outcomes for pregnant women living with HIV. Social support can also reduce stress and fear associated with being HIV positive.
KeywordsSocial Support African American Woman Physical Health Outcome Family Social Support Informal Social Support
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