Future Directions for Interventions Targeting PTSD in HIV-infected Adults

Allison J. Applebaum, C. Andres Bedoya, Ellen S. Hendriksen, Jesse L. Wilkinson, Steven A. Safren, Conall O'Cleirigh

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Although studies consistently report high rates ofcomorbid posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and HIV infection, development and testing of PTSD treatment interventions in HIV-infected adults is limited. As such, the purpose of this review was twofold. First, this review augments the three existing reviews of research for PTSD in HIV-infected adults conducted within the past 10 years. We found two empirically supported cognitive-behavioral therapy-based interventions for the treatment of trauma-related symptoms in HIV-infected adults. Due to the continued limited number of effective interventions for this population, a second aim of our review was to draw from the expansive field of effective PTSD interventionsfor the general population to propose ways that future clinical intervention research may be tailored for HIV-infected adults. Therefore, in addition to a review, we conceptualized this paper as an opportunity to generate an ideal preview of the field of intervention research in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-138
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • HIV
  • Intervention development
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Research recommendations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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