Congratulations to IUNI affiliate faculty Dr. Hank Green! (Assoc. Prof, School of Public Health) His article, Role of Support Reciprocity in HIV Viral Suppression Among People Living with HIV and Their Treatment Partners in Botswana, was just selected as an Editor’s Choice article by the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (IJBM).
Dr. Green and his colleagues examined whether social support in general and mutual support between individuals living with HIV and their informal caregivers (selected by the research team from the individuals’ social networks) are associated with HIV viral suppression. The reciprocity of social support—how far people will mutually support one another—is linked to long-term health.
The research team’s findings indicated that to better support a patient’s informal caregivers (including treatment partners) and to grow the quality of relationships with treatment partners, interventions help and improve the quality of life and health outcomes for individuals living with HIV.
The full text of Dr. Green’s article will be available via Open Access for free for the near future.
Dr. Green is Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Health Science at the School of Public Health. He is also Continuity Lead at the Irsay Family Research Institute. His research encompasses three areas: peer effects on alcohol, tobacco, and drug use; the association of social support and behavior; and developing methodologies to support personal network analysis.