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HIV Basics is a Course

HIV Basics

Ends Apr 30, 2021


Full course description

Course Date:

Ends Apr 30, 2021




1-2 hrs/week



Course Type:



Certificate (free)


CATIE’s HIV Basics is an introductory-level course geared toward service providers who work with people at risk of or living with HIV. This course aims to build foundational knowledge of HIV, covering topics such as HIV epidemiology, transmission, testing, treatment, prevention and the long-term impact of HIV infection. HIV Basics will assist front-line service providers to accurately discuss HIV with their clients and provide support around HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care.

PLEASE NOTE: For the best user experience, view this course through your web browser (i.e., Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome), and not through the Canvas app.


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Define basic terminology related to HIV.
  • Understand the context of HIV in Canada.
  • Discuss HIV transmission with accuracy.
  • Explain the tests used to diagnose HIV and describe the HIV testing process.
  • Communicate the basics of HIV treatment to clients.
  • Understand the impact of long-term HIV infection.
  • Identify tools and strategies used to prevent HIV transmission.

Target Audience: Service providers working with people living with or at risk of HIV.

Course is offered by CATIE.

Course Instructors

CATIE Educators


CATIE strengthens Canada’s response to HIV and hepatitis C by bridging research and practice. We connect healthcare and community-based service providers with the latest science, and promote good practices for prevention and treatment programs. CATIE’s team of regional health education coordinators delivers HIV and hepatitis C trainings to service providers located across Canada.


Sign up for this course today!