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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

Brief Summary:
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.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
HIV Infections Behavioral: Trauma writing Behavioral: Writing about daily events Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 283 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Efficacy of an Emotional Disclosure Intervention in HIV
Study Start Date : February 2004
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2012

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MedlinePlus related topics: HIV/AIDS

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Trauma writing
Four sessions of writing about traumatic experiences.
Behavioral: Trauma writing
Sham Comparator: Writing about daily events
Four sessions of writing about their daily experiences.
Behavioral: Writing about daily events

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Decrease in psychological distress [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Increase in CD4 T-lymphocytes [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
  2. Decrease in the number of HIV symptoms [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

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

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00067704

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United States, Florida
University of Miami Dept. of Psychology & Behavioral Medicine
Coral Gables, Florida, United States, 33124-2070
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Miami
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
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Principal Investigator: Gail Ironson, MD University of Miami Dept. of Psychology & Behavioral Medicine
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Responsible Party: Gail Ironson, Professor, University of Miami Identifier: NCT00067704    
Other Study ID Numbers: 20020511
R01AT002035 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: August 27, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 14, 2015
Last Verified: October 2015
Keywords provided by Gail Ironson, University of Miami:
Complementary Therapies
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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HIV Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases