International Nursing Network for HIV/AIDS Research Study VII Schema

Title An Ecological Understanding of Physical Activity Patterns of Adults Living with HIV Throughout the Lifespan
Principle Investigator Allison Webel, RN, PhD
Population Approximately 100 HIV+ adults per site
Study Design Multisite cross-sectional study
Number of Sites TBD: Coordinating Center: Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Case Medical Center, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106
Study Duration Screening + 1 study visit for each subject (approximately 2 hours per visit)


  • To describe the physical activity, exercise, and physical fitness patterns of adults living with HIV, through the lifespan
  • To describe relationships between exercise and physical activity and interpersonal, environmental behavioral setting, and policy characteristics
  • To examine how multimorbidity modifies the relationship between physical activity and symptom intensity in adults living with HIV, controlling for age.
Inclusion Criteria
  • Aged >18 years
  • Have been diagnosed with HIV (HIV+ ELISA with confirmatory PCR or Western blot),
Exclusion Criteria
  • Have an absolute or relative medical contraindication for exercise determined by the AHA criteria or is unable to be physically active with an assistive device
  • Are unable to understand spoken English or Spanish


Physical activity measured by the Godin-Shepard Leisure time Physical Activity Questionnaire and the 7-day physical activity recall; Flexibility, hand grip, and physical fitness measures assessed using the Back Scratch Test, Hand-held dynamometer, and the 6-minute walk test, all administered by the Research Assistant.