Adult HIV Educational Programme


The manual for this distance learning course for doctors and nurses was updated in July 2015 to reflect the latest policies and guidelines on ARV treatment. The aim of the programme is to improve the care of men and women who are infected with HIV in all communities of South Africa.

Although the programme was written as a distance learning course for both doctors and nurses, it may also be useful in the training of medical and nursing students as well as counsellors who educate and mentor patients commencing antiretroviral treatment.

The authors of the Adult HIV Education Programme consist of doctors and nurses who have an active interest in the management of adults with HIV. This ensures a balanced, practical and up-to-date approach to clinical problems.

Many colleagues at other South African universities and health services were also consulted with a view to reaching consensus on the management of most adult HIV problems. Every attempt has been made to comply with current national management protocols.

The training manual consists of six modules covering all aspects of patient care and antiretroviral management.

Topics include HIV testing and staging, the management of HIV-infected adults at primary-care clinics, preparing patients for antiretroviral treatment, ARV drugs, side-effects and drug interactions, starting and maintaining patients on ARV treatment, adherence, resistance and treatment failure and an overview of important opportunistic infections.

It includes case studies and has a multiple choice question and answer self-assessment component. It is a practical guide that is intended to provide primary health care workers, either individually or studying together in groups, with the knowledge they need to manage patients infected with HIV efficiently and effectively.

The course can be studied alone or in small groups managed by a course convener. The training manual costs R220.00 incl vat and can be ordered from Bettercare at It is also freely available online at the Bettercare Learning Station.

Participants can be examined for certification and 18 CPD points are awarded for doctors who achieve the 80% required passmark in an invigilated Bettercare Adult HIV exam.