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Coral Gables, Florida 33124


Due to longer lifespans as a result of antiretroviral therapy, persons with HIV now face the longer-term issue of living with chronic illness. Persons with HIV must deal with not just the distress of chronic illness, but also have higher incidences of abuse, depression, and other life stresses/trauma. These negative factors have been shown in previous research to have a detrimental impact on immune changes and disease progression in HIV infection. Research in both normal and chronically ill adults has shown that medical symptoms and cellular immune response may improve when traumatic events are disclosed through writing.


Inclusion Criteria - 18-65 years of age inclusive - At least 8 years of formal education - Literate - Fluent in English All of the following three must apply: - No active Category C HIV AIDS-defining symptoms - CD4 T-lymphocyte count between 150-499 - Viral load >1000 Exclusion Criteria - Less than 8 years formal education - Illiterate or non-English speaking - Active systemic diseases that would interfere with participation - Current alcohol or substance dependence - Planned change in HIV medication in the next 6 months, or recent change in past 2 months - Introduction of antidepressant medication within 30 days of study start - Current psychological counseling, cognitive behavior therapy, support group or other psychological therapy, or plans to start any of the above - Diagnosis of PTSD or major depression - Unable to attend at least 4 treatment sessions



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Gail Ironson, MD
University of Miami Dept. of Psychology & Behavioral Medicine

Gail Ironson, MD
Phone: 305-284-5299
Email: gironson@aol.com

Backup Contact:


Location Contact:

Coral Gables, Florida 33124
United States

Gail Ironson, MD
Phone: 305-284-5299
Email: gironson@aol.com

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: March 16, 2018

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