HIV/AIDS | Assessment of Cognitive Functioning as it Relates to Risk for Suicide in Veterans With HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The purpose of this project is to gather pilot data related to exploring relationships between cognitive impairment and/or psychiatric distress and suicidal thoughts and/or behaviors in Veterans with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). To achieve this goal, a neuropsychological battery will be administered to Veterans with HIV/AIDS.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Veterans between ages 18 to 65 - Have a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS confirmed via medical record - Currently receiving or eligible to receive physical and/or mental health care through the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System Exclusion Criteria: - Acute intoxication via alcohol or other illicit drugs at time of assessment as determined by observation and/or interview. - Psychosis at time of interview as determined by observation and/or interview. - Poor Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM) performance (scores below 25 on Trial 1 or scores lower than 45 on Trial 2) - Current status as a prisoner

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?


Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Veterans with HIV/AIDS

Study Status


Start Date: November 2012

Completed Date: January 2017


Type: Observational


Primary Outcome: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV)

Secondary Outcome: Health Status Questionnaire (HSQ)

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Gina Signoracci, Ph.D.

Lead Sponsor: VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System


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