Introduction to HIV Care for Adults

Training Materials: 

Course description

Course name
Introduction to HIV Care for Adults
(Course developed in collaboration with Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative)
Main Learning Objectives
  • Describe HIV test options, HIV test specificity, and sensitivity
  • Explain the process of an initial comprehensive clinical review of newly diagnosed HIV-positive individuals, including emotional and social aspects
  • Explain the importance of identifying substance use among HIV-positive persons and use of screening tools
  • Provide overview of OIs and STIs
  • Indicate ways to create an optimal relationship with patients
  • Describe appropriate monitoring of an HIV-positive patient
  • Describe relevant aspects of the reproductive healthcare
  • Describe the essentials of healthy nutrition
  • Describe the most important aspects of palliative care and the role of HCP
  • Learn basic principles of ART
  • Strengthen basic skills for counselling patients with HIV
  • Know list of ARVs used, first-line regimens, and important drug interactions
  • Understand adherence factors
  • Apply acquired knowledge in practical settings
Key Topics Basics of HIV infection; HIV tests options; overview of OIs and STIs; use of screening tools to identify substance use; main ARV drugs; patient counseling; factors affecting adherence and strategies to improve adherence; indications for ART according to WHO protocols; main regimens; special considerations, referrals and needed care; OIs prophylaxis and HIV prevention; essentials of nutrition; post exposure prophylaxis; burn-out prevention; case studies and clinical sessions.
Basis of Curriculum, Key Teaching Documents and Materials provided
  • WHO HIV/AIDS Treatment and Care Protocols for European Region (December, 2006)
  • Relevant national protocols and policies
  • 2005 Medical Management of HIV Infection (Bartlett and Gallant)
  • HIV Medicine 2005 (Hoffmann-Rockstroh-Kamps)
  • IAPAC GALEN Module 8: Introduction to ART
  • IAPAC GALEN Module 9: ART in Resource-limited Settings
  • Comprehensive set of course slides and handouts

All materials available printed or electronically in Russian and English

Teaching Methods Presentation, small group discussion, role play, case study, bed-side training
Target Audience Infectious disease physicians and nurses
Maximum class size: 18-24 participants
Faculty Multidisciplinary, international and national
Duration 5-day didactical course with clinical components