Emotional Disclosure in HIV

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00067704
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 27, 2003
Last Update Posted : October 14, 2015
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Gail Ironson, University of Miami

August 25, 2003
August 27, 2003
October 14, 2015
February 2004
November 2012   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Decrease in psychological distress [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
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  • Increase in CD4 T-lymphocytes [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
  • Decrease in the number of HIV symptoms [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
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Emotional Disclosure in HIV
Efficacy of an Emotional Disclosure Intervention in HIV
The specific objective of this study are to examine whether or not a treatment aimed at emotional disclosure may have beneficial psychological, health and immune effects for HIV infected individuals. The goal of the current study is to test the efficacy of emotional disclosure through writing in patients with HIV infection. We will compare emotional disclosure through writing about traumatic experiences (experimental intervention) to a control intervention (writing about emotionally neutral topics). [Note that HIV RNA viral load, CD4 T cells, urinary cortisol, health related dysfunction, psychological distress, and medication adherence are the 6 primary outcome variables.
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
HIV Infections
  • Behavioral: Trauma writing
  • Behavioral: Writing about daily events
  • Experimental: Trauma writing
    Four sessions of writing about traumatic experiences.
    Intervention: Behavioral: Trauma writing
  • Sham Comparator: Writing about daily events
    Four sessions of writing about their daily experiences.
    Intervention: Behavioral: Writing about daily events
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November 2012
November 2012   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

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
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
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United States
R01AT002035 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
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Gail Ironson, University of Miami
University of Miami
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: Gail Ironson, MD University of Miami Dept. of Psychology & Behavioral Medicine
University of Miami
October 2015

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