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Understanding HIV

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.



This course will deepen your understanding of HIV and encourage respectful and compassionate skills for working with people who have an HIV infection. It also covers special concerns for working with clients who have tuberculosis, Kaposi's sarcoma and/or HIV dementia. This course meets the communicable disease requirement for Maryland and for most other states.

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Content Outline

What Is HIV Infection?

Prevalence and History

HIV Stages and Symptoms

0.3 hour

What Is AIDS?

Associated Conditions:

Opportunistic Infections

Other Associated Conditions

0.3 hour

How Is HIV Infection Diagnosed and Treated?

Transmission of HIV and Opportunistic Infections

Precautions for Preventing Infection

0.3 hour
Bodywork Contraindications for People Who Have HIV Infection 0.3 hour
Benefits and Outcomes of Bodywork for HIV/AIDS Clients
0.3 hour

Bodywork Modification:

Philosophy & Essential Points

  Special Considerations
0.3 hour

Emotional Impact to the Practitioner

Comfort & Comforting

0.3 hour

HIV and Ethics

Research Findings

0.3 hour

CDC Infection Precaution Guidelines

References and Resources for Further Study

0.3 hour
Open-book test and course evaluation 0.3 hour
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The course has relevance in all areas of massage practice.

Eugenie Natale, LMT

I found the course presented the information well. The information was of sufficient depth and the course format was very convenient.

Edward Kaplonski, CMT

I found the course to be informative and insightful with case histories and statistics.

Dori, CMT in MD

Fits into my scheudle, without down time away from my clients. Website was very easy to use. The course was very organized in content.

Doreen McNew - Bel Air, MD

I think that this is the most informative HIV class to date. Others I have attended only covered a portion of what you have. Thank you for providing such a clear and informative CEU unit.

Debbie Kuhn, CMT

Information was extremely beneficial-as bodyworkers to stay well-informed or current AIDs research as well as the benefits of Massage Therapy when working with clients afflicted with this disease.

Dawn Keenum-Felker, NCTMB, RMTD

The course was very educational. I learned a lot of things about HIV and how I can help as a Massage Therapist.

Crystal Harrington LMT

This course did a great job of reviewing the basics of HIV infection and transmission, as well as taking it the next step to relate it to massage and bodywork practice.

Crystal Guengerich, RN, CMT

I really liked the tone of this course. The writer really seemed to have compassion and a real understanding of what people with HIV/AIDS experience and how to be with them.

Christy Wooton

This is a very informative, in-depth explanation of AIDs and HIV.

Carolyn Delanoy, BS LMT

One of the most up-to-date HIV courses I've seen.

Carol Skolnik, CMT

The text was easy to read.

Caleb McConnell

The test was very easy to complete and understand.

Becky Harley, RMD, NCBMB

The material was very easy to understand as well as the questions. The process of completeing my continuing education credits was very easy and I just wanted to thank you for making it painless!

Amber Cosner, CMT, NCTMB

Concise information, well structured learning progression.

J. Kelly Russell, LMT

This is an informative and easy to understand course in communicable diseases, universal precautions and HIV. I thought I would be bored, but found myself enjoyably learning a lot.

Julie McKay, NCTMB, CST-D, Ellicott City, MD

This course was thorough and to the point with up to date information

Karen Hunter-Dixon CMT, CLT Finksburg Md.

Thanx, very informative and made meaningful for a massage therapist.

Kathy Griffin, NCTMB, RPP, CMT

I really liked the breakdown of opportunistic infections with the description, symptoms and therapist precautions.

Kimberly G. Allen, CMT

The material was clear, concise and easy to read and comprehend.

LR, Greenbelt, MD

This is well-organized with good material.

Lynn Johnson, LMT, Dipl. ABT, MA

The information in the course was straight forward and can be applied for use while working with clients.

Margaret Arno-Malzahn, LMT

I enjoyed this course, it reinforced how critical it is for Therapists to exercise good Universal Precautions

Melanie Coffman LMT, NCTMB

A thorough and compassionate overview of HIV/AIDS care for all massage practitioners.

Michael Ress, WRMT

Good course, easy to complete in a short period of time

Norman B. Jaffee, LMT

Class was great- covered the MD state requirements. Covered the topic of HIV/Aids very thoroughly!

S. Isaacson, CMT

The textbook was very comprehensible and informative.

S. Star Byrd

This course was well-written and full of helpful information.

Tianne Wheat, LMT

I think all CAM practitioners can benefit by learning about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of HIV.

Tracy, LMBT

A lot of thought and preperation has gone into this course.

TWFM Northeast Texas

Excellent review as well as important new information on working with a very specific population.

W. Scott Pollard, LMT

The course was great, I see no reason to change anything

Donald Norton, LMT

Very well structured/informative.

Toni Robinson, LMT, NCTMB

I learned much more than I expected too. This is an exellent course

Jennifer Barbee, LMT, NCTMB

For someone who doesn't test or have high quality reading comprehension capability, this course was easy to follow and I actually learned something important.

Sarah Lawson, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent presentation and references. One of the best home study courses I have had opportunity to take advantage of.

Kathleen Keller, LMT

Excellent information!

Jeanne Meindertsma, LMT, NCTMB

The course is great. It was many things I did not know until I took this course. This was a joy for knowledge.

Sean Taylor, RMT

Wonderfully comprehensive, urgently needed course material. Sharon Burch 's encyclopedic knowledge and highly evident compression and empathy came through on every page.

William J. Hout, LMT

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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."

(Understanding HIV Infection by Irene Smith and Sharon Burch, 2008, 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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