The moderating role of social support on the relationship between anxiety, stigma, and intention to use illicit drugs among HIV-positive men who have sex with men

Phoenix K. H. MO, Xi CHEN, Eliz H. K. LAM, Jinghua LI, Christopher W. KAHLER, Joseph T. F. LAU*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The present study examined the association between anxiety, stigma, social support and intention to use illicit drugs, and the moderating role of social support on the association between anxiety/stigma and intention to use illicit drugs among 450 Chinese HIV-positive MSM. Findings show that controlling for significant background variables, self-stigma and anxiety were positively associated with intention to use illicit drugs, while social support was negatively associated with intention to use illicit drugs. A significant moderation effect of social support was also observed, that the negative association between self-stigma/anxiety and intention to use illicit drugs was only significant among participants with lower levels of social support. Findings highlight the importance of reducing self-stigma and anxiety, and promoting social support in drug use prevention for HIV-positive MSM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-64
Number of pages10
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume24
Issue number1
Early online date21 Nov 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The study was funded by the Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research International Developmental Grant [P30AI042853] and the National Natural Science Foundation of China Young Scientists’ Grant [81302479].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Intention to use illicit drugs
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Social support
  • Stigma

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