Positive affect skills may improve pain management in people with HIV

Elizabeth L. Addington*, Elaine O. Cheung, Judith T. Moskowitz

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Non-opioid pain management strategies are critically needed for people with HIV. We therefore conducted a secondary analysis of pain-related outcomes in a randomized controlled trial of a positive affect skills intervention for adults newly diagnosed with HIV (N = 159). Results suggest that, even if pain prevalence rises, positive affect skills may reduce pain interference and prevent increased use of opioid analgesics by people living with HIV. Future research should replicate and extend these findings by conducting trials that are specifically designed to target pain outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1784-1795
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number10-11
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020


  • HIV
  • affect
  • coping
  • intervention
  • pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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