The Syndemic of Stress and Aging in an HIV-infected Population

What we are studying

The purpose of this research study is to see how HIV, stress, and aging relate to each other. The study will also collect some preliminary information about a cell phone app that is designed to help with stress.

Who we are studying

  • Men and Women
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Other
  • All Ethnicities
  • Ages 21+

Eligibility Criteria

  • Have been a patient at the Infectious Diseases Specialty Clinic at WFBMC for greater than or equal to 12 months
  • Have documented HIV-positive serostatus
  • Are able to understand and speak English
  • Have been prescribed an ART regimen for at least 6 months
  • Have consistent access to smartphone
  • Have not been on immunosuppressive agents in the last 6 months
  • Have not had a diagnosis of Cancer requiring treatment within 3 years (except for non-melanoma skin cancer)
  • Has not used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs more frequently than once per week within the last 30 days.

What is involved

  • You will be enrolled in the 3-month study
  • There are 2 study visits that will take place either at the Infectious Diseases Specialty Clinic or Clinical Research Unit at WFBMC
  • At your first study visit you will be assigned either to a group that receives usual care or a group that receives usual care and training on use of a stress reduction cell phone app
  • All participants will be interviewed at the beginning and end of the study. We will ask questions about stress and life experiences; as well as testing your basic strength and memory
  • We will also collect blood and saliva samples.


There is gift card compensation after completion of each study visit.

Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Brittany Briceno
Principal Investigator
Dr. Katherine Schafer

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.