Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine are hoping that the power of the Internet will help reach people with HIV who are neglecting their health because of fear, stigma or substance abuse.

The researchers are testing an online program called Pos4Health to address the most common problems they see among people who are failing to take their HIV medications.

“A lot of our patients are from rural areas, and they fear people finding out they have HIV, because they fear being rejected,” explained Karen S. Ingersoll, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. “It’s a realistic fear, so we address the need for social support when living with HIV.”

SOURCE:, March 21, 2017