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HIV, Trauma, and Support: Caregiving in the Age of #MeToo

HIV, Trauma, and Support: Caregiving in the Age of #MeToo There is a growing body of research about the intersection of trauma and HIV/AIDS; as many as 95% of people living with HIV report severe traumatic stressors in their histories, and up to 54% meet clinical criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder. The actual event of receiving an HIV/AIDS diagnosis can be considered a traumatic stressor, which is often accompanied by an increase in chronic pain, coronary artery disease, and psychiatric comorbidities. As physical therapists, we hold in our hands not only the tools for healing bodies but also the potential to unlock stored trauma, and for bearing witness to our patients' brave moments of #MeToo. As physical therapists, how we provide support? How do we combine our tools for healing the body into those of healing the mind and heart? http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Rehabilitation Oncology Wolters Kluwer Health

HIV, Trauma, and Support: Caregiving in the Age of #MeToo

Rehabilitation Oncology , Volume 36 (4) – Oct 1, 2018

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Wolters Kluwer Health
Copyright
© 2018 Oncology Section, APTA.
ISSN
2168-3808
eISSN
2381-2427
DOI
10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000138
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Abstract

There is a growing body of research about the intersection of trauma and HIV/AIDS; as many as 95% of people living with HIV report severe traumatic stressors in their histories, and up to 54% meet clinical criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder. The actual event of receiving an HIV/AIDS diagnosis can be considered a traumatic stressor, which is often accompanied by an increase in chronic pain, coronary artery disease, and psychiatric comorbidities. As physical therapists, we hold in our hands not only the tools for healing bodies but also the potential to unlock stored trauma, and for bearing witness to our patients' brave moments of #MeToo. As physical therapists, how we provide support? How do we combine our tools for healing the body into those of healing the mind and heart?

Journal

Rehabilitation OncologyWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Oct 1, 2018

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