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The Impact of TM on HIV/AIDS Survivors

Results from the U of Pennsylvania

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In 2013 the David Lynch Foundation partnered with the San Francisco Aids Foundation to bring the Transcendental Meditation technique to people living with HIV/AIDS. At this follow-up conference, the program was explained and the findings of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for AIDS Research were presented. Those members of staff and individuals who took advantage of the opportunity to learn TM were followed over 6 months in a randomized controlled study that was published in AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV.

Compared to a health education control group, those practicing TM showed a significant improvement in health-related quality of life such as the ability to be physically and socially active, pain management, vitality, mental health, and general health. The TM group also had improved physical, social, and emotional well-being, stronger immunity, and lower cortisol levels, indicative of lower stress.

The conference also included experiences from the doctors, staff, and participants themselves.

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