Influence of CBT on HIV Treatment Adherence
27 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2012 Last revised: 22 Dec 2012
Date Written: December 3, 2012
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which can lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), began to emerge within various communities across the United States and the globe in the early 1980s; and with it came a high level of stigma and discrimination against those diagnosed. This prejudice arose partly because HIV and AIDS (HIV/As) was heavily linked to stigmatized and disenfranchised groups. Through a review of current literature, this paper provides a foundation for an intervention that is aimed at increasing HIV Treatment Adherence. Adapting a currently used strategy, an intervention titled HIV-Schema and Treatment Adherence Tool (HIV-STAT) was created. The inclusion of HIV-STAT with CBT could prove to improve health behavioral outcomes that could be feasible and have clinically importance for the medical and psychological fields of practice. Further research into the inclusion of HIV-STAT as a CBT treatment modality would increase the acknowledgement of social work practice as a field of science with its own knowledge base.
Keywords: CBT, HIV, Treatment Adherance
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