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Resources Specific to HIV Positive and HIV At-Risk Individuals
What do we mean by trauma-informed services and why is such an approach important?
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed Trauma and HIV. The executive summary outlines how the effects of trauma can be broad and impact multiple areas of an individual’s life, including health. While effective treatments for trauma are available, the evidence for improved HIV outcomes linked to treatment for trauma is less well known.
Living in the Face of Trauma (LIFT): An Intervention for Coping With HIV and Trauma is issued by SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. This resource is a group intervention that focuses on improving the coping abilities of individuals--women of any sexual orientation and men who have sex with men--who have HIV and a history of childhood sexual abuse. LIFT promotes better health protective decision making with the goals of reducing the symptoms of traumatic stress and the risk of transmitting HIV, as well as the risk for alcohol and other drug misuse, a common experience among these populations.
My agency has decided it wants to be more trauma-informed. Where do I start?
How can I/my staff recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in theclientwe work with?
Trauma and HIV was developed because several studies have shown that experiences of trauma are much more common among girls and women living with HIV (HIV+) than among those in the general population. So what is trauma, and what is its relationship with HIV? The Well Project provides information on this topic as well as additional resources on trauma and HIV. The Well Project is supported by corporations, foundations, philanthropists, and individuals who recognize the importance of The Well Project’s core mission to improve the lives of people, especially women, living with HIV and AIDS.