People living with HIV/AIDS
Is the HOPE HIV/AIDS course for you?
The HOPE HIV/AIDS course is an interactive, group-based, health behaviour, self-management coaching programme, which runs for 8 weeks, with each weekly session lasting 2.5 hours for groups of between 8 and 12 participants. The course has been developed by Coventry University and George Washington University in the United States.
Self-management is beneficial in many different ways. If you are the kind of person who benefits from the support of others HOPE is ideal for you. The HOPE course provides a supportive, friendly group setting which will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to cope with many of the frustrations, fears and sense of isolation that living with HIV/AIDS can bring. The course deals with:
Goal setting and action planning
Looking for solutions to problems
Employment seeking skills
Identifying your strengths
Becoming more positive, grateful and appreciating life more
Healthy lifestyles (e.g. eating more healthily and physical activity)
Challenging negative and distorted thinking & encouraging positive cognitions and self-talk
Sex, intimacy and disclosure
Enlisting social and community support
Relapse prevention strategies
All of these techniques have been shown through research to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of people living with and affected by cancer.
How does HOPE help?
Our research has shown that after attending the HOPE HIV/AIDS course participants feel:
More confident and motivated
More satisfied with life
More confident to seek employment opportunities
More able to adhere to medication regimes
Less depressed and anxious
Less distress about their health
What do people living in the United States with HIV/AIDS say about the HOPE course?
Benefits to organisations and commissioners
When participants attend this programme, they take a more active role in managing their health which can result in fewer consultations with healthcare professionals and more effective use of healthcare resources.
The Hope HIV/AIDS course is run by Hope For The Community.