An Observational Study of Distress Immune Function and Pain in HIV.

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    University of Cape Town
Updated on 10 October 2021
HIV Vaccine


This case-control study focuses on pain in HIV, which is common despite antiretroviral therapy and compromises quality of life, mental health and daily functioning. Specifically, it will investigate the relationships between psychosocial distress, inflammation and pain in HIV.


We plan to recruit 100 people and follow them for 6 months, taking repeated measures. Participants who report persistent pain at enrolment will be assessed at 0 (baseline), 2, 4, and 6 months. Participants who report no pain at enrolment will be assessed at 0 (baseline) and 6 months. All participants will also be invited to participate in weekly remote assessment of selected self-reported outcomes.

Condition HIV, HIV positive, HIV infection, AIDS Vaccines, Pain, Chronic Pain, Post-Surgical Pain, Immune System and Related Disorders, Pain (Pediatric), HIV (Pediatric), Central Sensitization, Central Sensitisation, HIV Infections, human immunodeficiency virus, hiv disease, HIV Vaccine, hiv vaccines, chronic pains, Distress, Emotional, Distress, Emotional, Distress, Emotional, Distress, Emotional
Treatment Pain
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04757987
SponsorUniversity of Cape Town
Last Modified on10 October 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

HIV-positive with viral suppression
report either persistent pain or no pain at enrolment

Exclusion Criteria

acute psychiatric condition requiring urgent care
cognitive impairment preventing full participation
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