Improving Adherence to Smoking Cessation Medication Among PLWHA
Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Project dates: August 2012 - July 2015
Principal Investigator: Shelley, Donna

Smoking rates among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) are two to three times that of the general population. Due to treatment advances PLWHA are living longer, making the issue of cigarette smoking in this population a significant clinical concern. The study will evaluate several interventions, all including nicotine replacement (NRT).  They will compare standard care (SC), SC plus text message reminders, and SC plus text message reminders plus a cell phone delivered NRT adherence focused behavioral therapy. The critical information learned about the delivery of smoking cessation interventions to people living with HIV/AIDS will lay the groundwork for creating a model for how to overcome barriers to smoking cessation.

Abstract on NIH RePORTER
Related Publications
Tseng TY, Krebs P, Schoenthaler A, Wong S, Sherman S, Gonzalez M, Urbina A, Cleland CM, Shelley D (2017).
Combining text messaging and telephone counseling to increase varenicline adherence and smoking abstinence among cigarette smokers living with HIV: A randomized controlled study
AIDS and Behavior, 21 (7), 1964-1974. doi: 10.1007/s10461-016-1538-z. PMCID: PMC5554578.

Shelley D, Tseng TY, Gonzalez M, Krebs P, Wong S, Furberg R, Sherman S, Schoenthaler A, Urbina A, Cleland CM (2015).
Correlates of adherence to varenicline among HIV+ smokers
Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 17 (8), 968-974. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntv068. PMCID: PMC4580547.