Project Overview +

The epidemic of cigarette smoking is fueling an alarming rise in lung and other cancers in persons living with HIV. Smokers living with HIV have few, if any, cessation resources available to them that address their particular needs, and HIV care providers have virtually no studies upon which to adopt an evidence based approach to achieving abstinence. The study attempts to address this serious health disparity by harnessing the enormous reach and power of the internet.

Aims +

Aim 1. To examine the feasibility of Positively Smoke Free on the Web (PSFW) as a tobacco treatment strategy for persons living with HIV (PLWH) who smoke. 

Aim 2. To evaluate the preliminary efficacy of PSFW.

Participants +

Smokers living with HIV.

Intervention +

Positively Smoke Free on the Web (PSFW) is an 8 session, model-driven, culturally tailored, interactive program crafted to address the unique needs of persons living with HIV who smoke. 

We conduct a a pilot, randomized, controlled trial, comparing PSFW to standard care. We compare 3 month point prevalence abstinence rates, as well as a range of other measures of smoking behaviors, between the two study conditions. For the group randomized to the intervention, we collect and evaluate data on recruitment (proportion screened who agree to participate), adherence (number of web-sessions completed), retention (proportion completing the final study visit), and satisfaction (as measured by satisfaction survey).

A Pilot Study of Positively Smoke Free on the Web (PSFW) for HIV-infected Smokers

09/25/2011 - 09/30/2013


National Cancer Institute

Principal Investigator:

Jonathan Shuter, MD