Psychoneuroimmunology of health and long survival with HIV/AIDS: Questionnaires, semistructured interviews, and laboratory findings

George F. Solomon, Gail Ironson, Elizabeth G. Balbin, Mary Ann Fletcher

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Abstract

A 5-year research project has compared psychologically and immunologically long survivors with AIDS as well as HIV+ persons who have remained healthy in the face of very low CD4+ cell counts with a group of HIV+ persons without symptomatic AIDS and CD4 counts between 150 and 500 mm3. Long survival is characterized by a collaborative relationship with physician, and religious/spiritual coping. Optimism characterizes healthy HIV+ persons with low CD4 counts, whose health may be protected by the unusual preservation of normal levels of natural killer cell cytotoxicity (NKCC). Refusal to perceive disease as imminently fatal and coping well with loss correlate positively with NKCC and negatively with viral load; toleration of loss correlates positively with CD4 count. Both specially designed self-administered tests and rated semistructured interviews are useful in discerning psychosocial factors related to health and long survival and their biological correlates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-30
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Congress Series
Volume1241
Issue numberC
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2002

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Psychoneuroimmunology
CD4 Lymphocyte Count
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
HIV
Interviews
Survival
Health
Natural Killer Cells
Viral Load
Survivors
Psychology
Physicians
Surveys and Questionnaires
Research

Keywords

  • AIDS
  • Health with low CD4
  • HIV
  • Long survival
  • Psychoneuroimmunology

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  • Medicine(all)

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Psychoneuroimmunology of health and long survival with HIV/AIDS : Questionnaires, semistructured interviews, and laboratory findings. / Solomon, George F.; Ironson, Gail; Balbin, Elizabeth G.; Fletcher, Mary Ann.

In: International Congress Series, Vol. 1241, No. C, 01.09.2002, p. 27-30.

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