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.
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