On July 11, 2014, WHP published a study titled, “An Expressive Therapy Group Disclosure Intervention for Women Living With HIV Improves Social Support, Self-efficacy, and the Safety and Quality of Relationships: A Qualitative Analysis” in the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC).
We are very excited to have released this new publication describing an effective intervention to help women living with HIV safely and voluntarily disclose their HIV status. It was our hypothesis that HIV disclosure for many women could reduce isolation and lead to social support that would allow them to realize their inherent health and power. WHP partnered with Rhodessa Jones and The Medea Project to use her long-standing method of helping women develop the skills and confidence to tell their stories publicly. Together, we realized her method was particularly powerful for women living with HIV because their stories include being HIV positive and, for many of them, a lifelong history of trauma. The results of the study confirm that overcoming isolation has transformative health impacts on women living with HIV.
For WHP, this study represents one milestone towards creating a more effective model of Trauma-informed primary care.