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HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers

3 Hour CE Course

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

Enrollment Options

Fully Online Materials and Test

Contents: online manual; plus online multiple-choice test


Materials and Test Shipped to You

Contents: Manual and workbook with multiple-choice test shipped to you.



Today we find people with HIV infection among our clientele, our circle of friends and our families. HIV infected persons are seeking healing modalities that enhance the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of their being. Touch is in the forefront of these modalities. This course will greatly assist you in providing your skills with greater awareness and sensitivity for people who have HIV infection. This course meets the communicable disease requirement for Maryland and for most other states.

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Content Outline

HIV and AIDS History

0.3 hour

Global Impact

0.3 hour

Opportunistic Infections

0.3 hour

Diagnosis, Treatment and Transmission

0.3 hour

Standard Precautions for Preventing Infection

0.3 hour

Contraindications for HIV-Infected Clients

0.3 hour

Benefits of Bodywork for HIV and AIDS Clients

0.3 hour

Bodywork Modification

0.3 hour

Emotional Impact to the Practitioner

0.3 hour

Research Findings


References and Resources for Further Study

Open-book test and course evaluation 0.3 hour
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I think this is a wonderful course for Massage Therapists and Bobyworkers just to name a few, however other health care professionals can benfit from this course.

M. Crislip, LMT

Thank you for this course. It was clear, to the point, and did not waste time with unnecasary information. Though I may not have many clients who have HIV/AIDS, I am excited about taking these new skills to our local medical facilities and the homebound. I always felt massage would be beneficial to those infected, but, now, know the how's and how to's as well as the contraindications. Well Done!

R. Adam Kneib, NCTMB

The information in this course was more interesting than I thought it would be. The Author pulls from personal experience so it is not a drab read.

Daniel S. Novic, LMT

Great information for staying up-to-date on HIV/Aids. Thank you!”

J. Armstrong, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed this course. It is a good reminder of the importance of being aware of your client’s health history and being available for their needs within their session. It was also filled with great information on understanding AIDS and what is it and treatment of the disease.

B. Trojecki, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent course with detailed information in a very understandable format. I will use the Institute for all my CEU requirements. Highly recommended!!!!


Very informative and handled with compassion. Has made me consider this form of palliative care.

M. Lavine, LMT, NCTMB

Very informative material

Kelly Green

Excellent materials. I appreciated the detailed information about the different illnesses and their symptoms.

Mary Newkirk, LMT

May I say wow. I’ve taken 4 HIV classes since becoming a massage therapist. This was much, much better than any of them. Well writen, interesting, and compassionate without being sappy. Thank you for making this requirement enjoyable.

Teresa Luechtefeld, LMT, NCTMB

This course offered new information that I wasn't currently aware of for my profession. Including how many people have the disease today.

Diana Forrest, LMT

Well organized and informative

Maureen McNulty, LMT

Thank you for the relevant information. I can use this in my practice & everyday life.

Patrice Scott, LMT

Informative and well done. Thank you.

Zoe Elva Putnam, LMT

I found the explanations of what a client may be experiencing emotionally and cognitively especially helpful, along with suggestions of how to respond with patience and simple and clear communication.

Lydia Overton, LMT, NCTMB

Very up to date and informative.

Donna Schaefers, LMT

Great refresher course ...gained valuable new information and understanding....thanks

Gerlinde Creager, LMT

While it has been an unfortunate part of life to know and have lost people to the HIV/AIDS fight, it also enhances your empathy towards individuals that may be suffering. The course was great as it gave me additional insight on what to look for and what techniques I should use when treating people living with HIV/AIDS. Thank you.

Wil White, LMT, NCTMB

This course was very interesting and I feel better equipped and more knowledgeable about working HIV infected individuals.

Deborah Schroeder, LMT, NCTMB

Worth taking

Julie Weitz, LMT

Very good course. Real compassion comes to mind!

Dagmar Lemich, LMT, NCTMB

Very good course, informative and clear.

Lauren Nogrady, LMT, NCTMB

Good class

Darline Fox, LMT, NCTMB

I appreciate the format for this course. It meets my current needs for continuing education. Thanks.

James Shattuck, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent material, well laid out and informative. Thank you.

Alkex Mykietiuch, LMT

Great Course....

Jennifer Snelgrove, LMT

Very easy and accessible

Yoseline Eichstaedt

This course was very touching and very well written. Of al the courses, I've taken from your institute so far, I feel this is the one which is the very best written. Thank you.

Heather Rasch, BCTMB

Great review of important information!

Michael Frederick-Martinez, LMP, NCTMB

I learned something new and helpful to being a massage therapist

Heidi Claridge, LMT

To date, this was the most useful and informative course on HIV I have taken. I felt that the case histories and the contraindications re-iterated, were most helpful to my work as a massage therapist doing hospice work.

Carole Forman, LMT

I was surprised by the depth of the material presented in both a fact-based and compassionate manner.

Cheryl G. , LMT

This course was a complete surprise to me. Having been in continuous practice as a medical massage therapist for 17 years now, I have taken many HIV/AIDs courses before and didn't expect anything different or new from this course. I was completely wrong and found this course exceptional and the best one of the subject I've ever taken! Thank you!

April Lee, LMT

Very informative course. Clearly the best HIV Update course I have taken. Thank you!

Lauren Nogrady, LMT, NCTMB

FInally! An updated AIDS course that included the information about HAART. I'm thrilled to see this. The information was presented well and easily read.

Dianna Bennett, LMT

This was incredibly informative and relevant to massage and body work. Much more so then other online courses I have taken.

Jennifer Davis, LMT

This course was up-to-date and great. Makes me want to work with this special population and do amazing bodywork for them. The real life stories made this very personal. I enjoyed looking at the research studies for the effectiveness of massage. GREAT COURSE!

Amy Thacker, LMT

The case reports contained in this presentation made it especially interesting.

Marie Tai

This course was better than the last course on HIV/Universal Precautions at my local Community College. Thank you!

J. Paige Szymanski, LMT, BCTMB

Most of the the information provided was delivered in a caring manner. I was able to empathize, which allowed me to read through the content efficiently. Thank you.

Sabrina Jones, RMT

Great information in this course and many references for further education. Thank you so much.

Jennifer Armstrong, RMT

This was great to learn the different sickness that will come about and how to handle those conditions

Jennifer Meckelvaney, LMT

excellent, excellent course!!

Megan Fitzgerald, LMT

Content was satisfactory! Definitely learned some new information to use in aiding my practice.

Ashley Crump, RMT

I have taken several courses from this site and have never been disappointed in the materials. I came specifically for the HIV course and I thought this would be a rehash, but it has some new and updated material. I always keep the test questions and the text so that I can look over it again.

Gerald Jordan Jr., LMT, BCTMB

The course materials were very concise, easy to understand and very informative. I also appreciated the fact that there were aspects of research papers in this material to promote the validity of what the writer was trying to say.

Morgan Adams, LMT, BCTMB

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Learning Objectives

  1. Define HIV infection, its routes of transmission and its symptoms.
  2. Identify massage and bodywork actions that are indicated and actions that are contraindicated for people who have HIV infection.
  3. Describe at least 3 benefits of massage and bodywork for persons who have HIV infection, based on published research.
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Sample Text

"People exposed to the virus should get an HIV test as soon as they are likely to develop antibodies to the virus—within 6 weeks to 12 months after possible exposure to the virus. By getting tested early, people with HIV infection can discuss with a health-care provider when they should start treatment to help their immune systems combat HIV and help prevent the emergence of certain opportunistic infections."

(HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers by Irene Smith and Sharon Burch, 2009, p 17)

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Sample Test Question

People who have been exposed to the virus should get an HIV test as soon as they are likely to develop antibodies to the virus, which is:

  1. 6 weeks to 12 months
  2. 1 month to 3 months
  3. 6 months to 12 months
  4. 1 week to 12 weeks
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