Treatment Review #15; December 1994
Psychological counseling can be helpful in coping with HIV
and AIDS. But paying for therapy can be expensive, especially
if you are on a limited income. The two studies described
below may be able to help you with up to 17 weeks of therapy.
At the same time you are helping to collect information about
the kind of counseling that is most useful to people who are
HIV+. Free and ongoing testing and counseling is available
with testing repeated every six months. Participants receive
regular counseling about safer sex and other HIV- related
issues. The Network contacted the study site to ask if
participants could be anonymous and was told that people have
used made-up names in the past. Only a number is put on
records and all data is in locked cabinets with no release of
information to third parties. The person we spoke to at the
study site said they just need a name in order to be able to
contact you easily to set up appointments. Call The Network
if you would like the number to make an appointment for
testing. This information gathering study is for HIV-negative
and HIV+ participants. This site also has a study which
provides 17 weeks of one- on-one therapy sessions for HIV+
individuals who are depressed, distressed or anxious.
Participants are randomly assigned to one of 4 treatments.
The treatments are different kinds of therapy, which the
study coordinator will explain to you, or therapy plus an
antidepressant medication called Tofranil. Follow-up of
participants continues for one year.