Non-conventional practices and immune functioning among individuals receiving conventional care for HIV

Vienna R. Nightingale*, Tamara G. Sher, Sarah Thilges, Kristin Niel, Norma Rolfsen, Nathan B. Hansen

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    Abstract

    Objective: to examine the relationships among non-conventional practices, adherence and immune functioning in individuals with HIV. Methods: 92 participants completed an interview on non-conventional practices (complementary and alternative medicines (CAM), psychosocial therapies, and religious practice). They also completed the Psychiatric Symptom Index and the AIDS Clinical Trials Group Adherence Follow-up Questionnaire. Medical chart reviews determined CD4 count and viral load. Results: Hierarchical logistic regressions revealed religious practice was associated with adherence and CAM was associated with viral load. Conclusion: Participation in non-conventional practices in HIV populations may lead to positive health and health behaviors. Clinical implications are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1241-1250
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Health Psychology
    Volume16
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Nov 1 2011

    Keywords

    • HIV
    • complementary and alternative medicines
    • immune functioning
    • psychological distress psychosocial therapies
    • religious practice

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Applied Psychology

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