Where are we now? The Impact of the IPV Protocol Screening Survey

Intimate partner violence (IPV) refers specifically to abuse within an intimate relationship, the immediate and long-term effects of which can have devastating impacts.

Recent studies are showing that people living with HIV experience a high burden of IPV, and although it has also been shown to be a significant risk factor in acquiring HIV, few studies have focused on how past or current experiences with IPV affect individual’s engagement to HIV care after their diagnosis.

The team at the Southern Alberta HIV Clinic in Calgary (SAC) believe in the importance of asking all individuals living with HIV a series of standardized questions, via the IPV Protocol Screening Survey, that address their experiences with IPV. The data collected from the last several years has allowed for a broader understanding of the prevalence of IPV in different and more diverse populations than previously reported, and has also led to the expansion of the definition of ‘communities impacted by IPV’ to include populations beyond those usually considered ‘vulnerable’.

The IPV Protocol Screening Survey is a low cost, high reward intervention that can positively impact individuals living with HIV and the effects of IPV and is accepted by both patients and providers because it gives space to acknowledge the impact of people’s experience with IPV and enhances HIV care outcomes while expressing empathy and understanding.

This project is ongoing and you can read more about their findings in the following articles:

Miller P, Siemieniuk RAC, Woodman K, Krentz HB, Gill MJ  Interpersonal violence and its impact on persons living with HIV: a social work response. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services 2015; 14:308-318.

Rassi SE, Krentz HB, Siemieniuk RAC, Gill MJ Implementing an IPV screening protocol in HIV Care. AIDS Patient Care and STDs  2015; 29(3):1-9

Siemieniuk, RAC, Krentz HB, Gill MJ 2013 Intimate Partner Violence and HIV: A Review. Curr HIV/AIDS Reports 10:380-389. DOI 10.1007/s11904-013-0173-9

Siemieniuk, RAC, Krentz HB, Miller P, Woodman K, Gill MJ 2013 The clinical implications of high rates of intimate partner violence against HIV-positive women JAIDS 64(1):32-38

Siemieniuk, RAC, Miller P, Woodman K, Ko K, Krentz HB, Gill MJ 2012 Prevalence, clinical associations, and impact of intimate partner violence among HIV-infected gay and bisexual Men: a population based study. HIV Medicine   DOI:10.111/hiv 12005 (2012)

Siemieniuk RAC, Krentz HB, Gish JA, Gill MJ 2010. Domestic Violence Screening: Prevalence and Outcomes in a Canadian HIV Population. AIDS Patient Care and STDs 24(12):763-770.

 Questions or concerns about this project? Contact: hartmut.krentz@ahs.ca


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