AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 383–388 | Cite as

Are Smokers with HIV Using Information and Communication Technology? Implications for Behavioral Interventions

  • Geetanjali ChanderEmail author
  • Cassandra Stanton
  • Heidi E. Hutton
  • David B. Abrams
  • Jennifer Pearson
  • Amy Knowlton
  • Carl Latkin
  • David Holtgrave
  • Richard D. Moore
  • Raymond Niaura
Original Paper


Smoking is highly prevalent among persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and associated with adverse outcomes including malignancy and cardiovascular disease. Information and communication technology (ICT) may be effective in disseminating cessation interventions among PLWHA. This study examines the prevalence of ICT use among 492 PLWHA attending an urban clinic and characteristics associated with ICT use. Participants completed a survey of demographics, smoking status, and ICT use. Factors associated with ICT use were examined with logistic regression. Overall, 63% of participants smoked with 73% of smokers owning their own cell phone. Use of other modalities was lower, with 48% of smokers reporting any internet use, 39% text messaging, and 31% using email. Higher education was associated with the use of all modalities. Cell phone interventions may have the broadest reach among PLWHA, though with almost half using the internet, this may also be a low-cost means of delivering cessation interventions.


HIV Technology Smoking Interventions 



This research was supported by the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy and the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Dr. Chander was supported by NIAAA K23 AA015313, Dr. Moore was supported by NIDA K24 DA000432, NIDA R01 DA11602 and R01 AA16893. Dr. Stanton was supported by NIDA (R01-DA12344-06) and NCI (K07-CA95623).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geetanjali Chander
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cassandra Stanton
    • 2
  • Heidi E. Hutton
    • 1
  • David B. Abrams
    • 3
  • Jennifer Pearson
    • 4
  • Amy Knowlton
    • 4
  • Carl Latkin
    • 4
  • David Holtgrave
    • 4
  • Richard D. Moore
    • 1
  • Raymond Niaura
    • 3
  1. 1.Johns Hopkins Medical InstitutionsJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Human BehaviorBrown University School of MedicineProvidenceUSA
  3. 3.Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and PolicyWashingtonUSA
  4. 4.Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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