Our studies conducted on asymptomatic gay men with HIV infection indicate that cognitive behavioral stress management (CBSM) can buffer distress and some measures of immune function associated with notification of a positive HIV diagnosis. More recent studies conducted on symptomatic pre-AIDS men with HIV infection have indicated that CBSM can: a) ameliorate dysphoria, anxiety, and stress related symptoms; b) decrease cortisol and norepinephrine while increasing testosterone level; c) decrease antibody titers of some herpes viruses as well as maintain the number of T cytotoxic/suppressor (CD8) and naive T-helper/inducer (CD4) lymphocytes. Preliminary data from our most recent studies indicate that CBSM can decrease viral load in men receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy.
- Cognitive behavioral stress management
- Endocrines Viral load
- Immune status
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Psychology