HIV Fundamentals E-Learning Course

People are talking about HIV/AIDS. You hear it, see it, Google it…there is a lot of talk…but are people listening? As part of the HIV prevention workforce, you are an important part of this HIV/AIDS conversation. It is critical that you understand the many aspects of HIV and AIDS in order to help others protect themselves and their families, friends, and partners.

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Who should take the course

The course is intended for frontline staff, outreach workers, case managers, prevention educators, patient navigators, peer leaders, and program managers working in HIV prevention and care. It is also appropriate for administrators, board members, consumer advisory board members, and other volunteers or staff members of CBOs and ASOs. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use.

Course goal and objectives

The goal of this course is to provide an in-depth review of issues related to HIV transmission and prevention and in the HIV prevention and care program setting. Specifically participants will learn the necessary foundational information to perform their roles in the HIV prevention workforce as they complete each step in the course.

  • This is an ideal training for newly hired staff to insure they have a strong foundation in the issues affecting our work with both high risk negative individuals and persons living with HIV.
  • The course is also an excellent professional development opportunity for those who have been working in the field.

By the end of Step 1, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least 4 groups most affected by HIV
  • Explain the difference between an HIV test and a viral load test
  • Describe at least two social factors that increase vulnerability to HIV

By the end of Step 2, participants will be able to:

  • Identify 3 parts of the immune system involved in fighting HIV infection
  • Describe the 3 most common routes of HIV transmission in the US
  • Explain how viral loads affect risk of HIV transmission

By the end of Step 3, participants will be able to:

  • Explain at least one risk reduction and one harm reduction strategy to reduce sexual transmission of HIV
  • Explain at least one risk reduction and one harm reduction strategy to reduce drug-use related transmission of HIV
  • Identify 3 activities or behaviors that have a low risk of HIV transmission

After taking the Extra Leap, participants will be able to:

  • Give one example of how HIV tricks the body’s immune system
  • List at least 2 of the 7 stages of the HIV Lifecycle
  • Explain how HIV medications are related to the HIV Lifecycle

Course structure

The course is a self-paced module in 3 main sections (about 20-30 minutes for each section) that provides foundational information, interactive practice exercise, knowledge checks, and downloadable resources to support your ability to understand the key issues affecting HIV prevention and care and our ability to effectively provide high impact prevention to both high risk HIV-negative individuals as well as people living with HIV. The course can be completed in one sitting or you can return to the site multiple times and pick up where you left off (be sure cookies are enabled on your browser).



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