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Importance of perceived social support for HIV/AIDS patients in Pakistan: a collectivist society

This study examines the moderating role of perceived social support from three sources, i.e., family, friends, and significant others, in reducing the impact of HIV stigma on depression among individuals living with HIV in Pakistan.

The findings indicated that family support emerged as the most effective moderating factor in the relationship between HIV/AIDS stigma and depression. Support from significant others was observed as the second one. However, the study did not find substantial moderating effects from friends’ support on the relationship between stigma and depression.


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