28 August 2020
Some people living with HIV may need additional to support to manage the psychological impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
That is the focus of new guidance issued by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology’s Faculty for HIV and Sexual Health.
The document says that, while many people living with a virus such as HIV will have developed the psychological resilience to cope with changes to their lifestyles and relationships, others are likely to have complex needs.
It highlights the particular attention that will need to be paid to changes in access to healthcare, which may be re-traumatising for some people, and that facing the lockdown restrictions posed by Covid-19 may increase stress.
The guidance gives tips on what services can do to offer service users the best possible care, including:
It also suggests changes to offer to healthcare teams, including the continuous use of psychology and trauma-focused approaches to care.