The Positive Self-Management Program (PSMP) is a 7-session evidence-based workshop designed for people affected or infected with HIV. Participants learn self-management techniques and skills needed in the day to day management of HIV.
Positive Self-Management Program (PSMP) is a 7-week workshop that takes place once a week for 2½ hours and is facilitated by two trained Leaders. This workshop teaches the skills needed in the day-to-day management of HIV in order to maintain and/or increase an active and fulfilling lifestyle. The curriculum teaches self-managed lifestyle change and coping strategies to enable participants to manage HIV, medications and increase physical activity levels.
Over 200 people with HIV have now participated in a randomized, controlled test of the Program, and were followed for six months each. Patients randomized to the PSMP were found to have improvements in their symptoms in the original developmental study. More recently, they have found that HIV patients in PSMP who are using antiretroviral medications have significantly better medication adherence and have better HIV suppression in the blood after 6 months. In spite of this, they have no more side effects than non-PSMP participants.