HIV / AIDS
Celebrating Resiliency: Beating Burnout
Both persons living with HIV and their care providers often face stress which can have harmful impacts to their health and wellbeing.
Research done at UCLA confirms that that stress enables HIV to spread more quickly in infected persons and prevents antiretroviral drugs from restoring immune system function. Stress may also increase the risk of depression, which can reduce a person's ability to advocate and care for themselves and maintain their treatment regime. Persons living with HIV often find themselves dealing with issues such as changing physical symptoms, fear of status being reveled, and survivor guilt.
At the same time, paid and voluntary care providers often find themselves dealing with stressful issues which can result in increased errors, reduced effectiveness of care, physical and emotional exhaustion, depression, and depersonalization.
HCEI was founded at Boston in 1992 in response to the stress that HIV care providers face. As the result of HCEI's first-ever nationwide focus groups, the seminar "Celebrating Ourselves: Beating Burnout" was developed and has been presented for thousands of providers and consumers.
When consumers and care providers focus on self-care, everybody wins.
HCEI HIV-related Collaborators Include: