Understanding AIDS-related bereavement and multiple loss among long-term survivors of HIV in Ontario

Leaver, C. A.; Perreault, Y.; Demetrakopoulos, A.
March 2008
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2008, Vol. 17 Issue 1/2, p37
Academic Journal
AIDS-related bereavement has been linked in recent studies with rapid HIV-symptom onset and increased mortality among people living with HIV. Social support and social environments are important elements in grief resiliency and hastened recovery. This study examined the impact of retreats conducted by the AIDS Bereavement Project of Ontario to address these issues. Participants (N = 67, M = 53, F = 13, Trans = 1) were primarily HIV+ (86%), self-identified as gay (64%) or straight (19%), and were between 34-63 years of age. Those who were HIV+ had been living with HIV for an average of 12 years (6-18). Participants had experienced an average of 157 AIDS-related deaths, 76 non-AIDS-related deaths and multiple non-AIDS related losses. Measures of AIDS-related bereavement, social relationships, sexual relationships, psychosocial well-being and resiliency indicated some improvements over baseline in each domain at three week and/or three month follow-up. The policy and community-based partnerships that shaped this program of research are described, as are possible implications for HIV prevention.


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