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HIV & AIDS - 30 Years and Counting:
Current Developments, Research, Treatments & Resources

10 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $89.00

Developed by Tom Smith, Ph.D.

Course fulfills the HIV-AIDS requirements in several states. Check with your state board.

The content of this course is also included in the course material of the text that comprises the HIV & AIDS - Assessment and Treatment (7 CE Credits). You CANNOT receive credit for these two courses in the same license renewal period.

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Author's Personal Note:
After 30 years, I am extremely grateful that I am still here after watching most of my friends die. I miss them all, especially Arthur. I am very thankful for all the advances in treating HIV/AIDS that I have benefited from and the care I have received from my healthcare providers. I am particularly filled with gratitude for the as yet unknown mechanism in my body that has kept me in good health with a minimum of HIV medications. HIV/AIDS is not going to go away anytime soon and more than anything, I want my colleagues to understand the history, impact, treatment and prevention issues surrounding this horrific global health tragedy. It is in this spirit that I have developed this updated, comprehensive course in the hope that it will prepare health care providers with the knowledge they need to make their contribution to caring for those with this disease.
      Tom Smith Ph.D.

HIV-AIDS The purpose of this comprehensive, up-to-date, advanced-level multimedia course is to provide an overview of the HIV/AIDS pandemic 30 years after the first diagnoses and to bring together all the information you need in one place. In this course NIH researchers recall, in audio clips, their own encounters, mobilization and discovery of HIV and the search for treatments in the early, confusing and frightening stages of the pandemic.

Basic and current information from the CDC regarding HIV, its transmission, infection, how HIV causes AIDS, and its origin are provided along with current statistics.

Recent (2010) testing, treatment and prevention strategies are discussed that address providers, patients, caretakers and their responsibilities. How HIV/AIDS affects the special populations of African-Americans, women, Hispanics, bisexuals (men "on the downlow") and most recently, those over 50 years of age are discussed, as well as the legal rights of people with HIV/AIDS. The many counseling issues that emerge from the moment of diagnosis to end-of-life issues are included, featuring a 20 minute audio presentation of "client-centered" HIV counseling and testing from the 1997 conference on Key Issues in Counseling and Testing hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), CDC's Public Health Practice Program Office, and the Public Health Training Network. In this moving presentation, HIV counselors dramatize counseling sessions and comment on the various counseling scenarios and approaches used in a client-centered situation.

The course is composed of over three dozen articles in pdf and html format. Some offerings are brief and others comprehensive, covering the above content. In addition the course includes over an hour of audio-video material, charts, fact sheets, brochures and instructional materials. Some of the material in this course and in the references is suitable for distribution to patients and clients. The U. S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Five-Year Strategy presented to Congress in 2009 that discusses the United States' response and commitment, financial and otherwise, to the global HIV/AIDS crisis for 2010-2015, and Getting to Zero, the 2011-2015 Strategy by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) are provided. The first report discusses the United States' response and commitment, financial and otherwise, to the global HIV/AIDS crisis for 2009 - 2014, and the second discusses the positioning of the HIV response in the new global environment. The last text in the course is the Evaluative Report and Appendix of the XVIII International AIDS Conference, July 18-23, 2010 in Vienna, Austria.

Educational Objectives:

    This course will teach the participant to
  • Describe the HIV/AIDS pandemic after 30 years, referencing politics, research, transmission, infection, treatment and prevention.
  • Summarize the current basic information about HIV/AIDS, including definition, transmission, types of virus, how a person becomes infected, progression, evidence that HIV causes AIDS and how, and the origin of HIV/AIDS and prevention of HIV disease infection.
  • Identify what drugs are currently used to treat HIV/AIDS.
  • Review the facts about HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C, IV drug use and mental health.
  • Discuss the impact, challenges and protection issues of the special populations of African Americans, Hispanics, women, bisexuals and those over 50 years of age.
  • Summarize the legal issues surrounding basic rights, disclosure, confidentiality and personal and workplace matters.
  • Identify the role of the therapist in counseling those with HIV, including how to implement "client-centered" counseling and how to address end-of-life issues.
  • Discuss issues of stigma, disclosure and confidentiality for the person with HIV/AIDS.

Course Syllabus:



  • History - 30 years and Counting: Politics, Research, Transmission, Infection, Treatment and Prevention.
  • CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 30 year Summary
  • HIV/AIDS in the United States year 2010
  • In their own words ... NIH Researchers recall the early years of AIDS (Audios)
  • First Encounters, Tip of the Iceberg, Mobilizing, Discovery of HIV and Search for Treatments


  • Facts: HIV and its Transmission
  • Facts: Coinfection with HIV and the Hepatitis C virus
  • HIV Infection and AIDS: An Overview (NIH)
  • The Evidence that HIV Causes AIDS (NIH)
  • How HIV Causes AIDS (NIH)
  • The Origin of HIV

4. STATISTICS: Basic Statistics and Cumulative AIDS Cases

5. TESTING: Counseling, Testing and Referral Resources


  • HAART: Highly Active Anti Retroviral Treatment
  • Patients and Caretakers
  • Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS


  • Comprehensive HIV Prevention
  • IV Drug Users FAQs
  • HIV Positive People: Sex and Prevention Concerns


  • Gay Men
  • African Americans
  • Hispanics
  • Women
  • Bisexuals
  • People over age 50

9. RESEARCH (See References)

10. LEGAL: Basic Rights and Personal and Workplace Disclosures


  • Counselor Roles
  • Key Issues in Counseling and Testing
  • Client-Centered Counseling
  • Testing Positive
  • Treatment of Patients & Caretakers
  • Living with HIV/AIDS
  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Stigma, Confidentiality & Disclosure
  • End of Life Issues

12. GLOBAL: President's Plan for AIDS Relief Report to Congress 2009, the 2011-2015 Strategy by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Evaluative Report and Appendix of the XVIII International AIDS Conference, July 18-23, 2010 in Vienna, Austria.



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