Association between Dog Guardianship and HIV Clinical Outcomes. Despite numerous potential health outcomes of dog guardianship, their value has not been examined in the HIV-positive population. The study objective was to examine the relationship between dog guardianship and HIV clinical outcomes (antiretroviral adherence , HIV viral load , and CD4 count) among HIV-positive individuals. The authors conducted a secondary analysis of baseline data of 370 HIV-positive men on antiretroviral regimen enrolled in the Duo Project. Current dog guardianship was reported in 28.7% of participants. Dog guardianship may be associated with higher CD4 and adherence; however, having a detectable viral load was not related to dog guardianship.
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