A meta-analysis of disclosure of one's HIV-positive status, stigma and social support

AIDS Care. 2008 Nov;20(10):1266-75. doi: 10.1080/09540120801926977.


This study provides an analysis of the relationships among perceived stigma, reported disclosure and perceived social support for those living with HIV. The meta-analytic summary of 21 studies (4,104 participants) showed, as predicted, a positive, heterogeneous correlation between disclosure and social support (ŕ = .159), a negative, heterogeneous correlation between stigma and social support (ŕ = -.344) and a negative, homogenous correlation between stigma and disclosure (ŕ = -.189). The heterogeneity of the first two relationships indicates the presence of moderators, which may include participants' age and publications' year.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • HIV Infections / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Prejudice*
  • Self Disclosure*
  • Social Support*