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Impact of Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence on CD4+ and CD8+ T Cell Decay in HIV Infected Women: Longitudinal Study
This research article shows that in a sample of young ART-naive HIV positive women, gender-based violence exposure in the form of emotional abuse was associated with a faster rate of decline in markers of cellular immunity and progression of HIV disease. This study is one of the first to provide evidence of an impact of gender-based violence on cellular immunity in HIV positive women. It highlights the importance of attending to emotional abuse when studying the physiological impact of intimate partner violence experience and the mechanisms of its impact on women’s health.