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Course Description


Welcome to our basic, introductory course on HIV: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment. In this course, students will learn the difference between HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).  Understanding the difference between the two is extremely important, not only for those recently diagnosed with HIV, but their family, friends and caregivers. Throughout this course, students will also learn how HIV affects the body, and common symptoms of HIV are discussed, as is information on how an HIV diagnosis is made.

Throughout this course, students also learn some basic tips and suggestions on how to prevent transmission of HIV to others and practice health-related industry precautions and learn about high-risk lifestyles such as drug use and unprotected sex may increase chances of contracting the HIV virus.

Students will learn about traditional HIV treatment options as well as alternative medical treatments, nutritional supplements and herbal or nutritional supplement remedies often combined with traditional or conservative medical care and HIV-approved treatment drugs.

Students will also gain information regarding beneficial healthy lifestyle habits and an HIV diet that may help boost the immune system and promote strength and quality lifestyles for individuals diagnosed with the virus. Steps for preventing HIV-related illnesses and opportunistic infections are also briefly covered.

Finally, students of this basic HIV course will learn what happens when HIV transforms into AIDS and what is being done today to slow down the progression of the HIV virus into full-blown AIDS.  Students will wrap up the course with exposure to a variety of educational and information resources that may help to clear up myths regarding the virus, as well as what individuals can do to reverse myths, false information, and the social stigma associated with the condition.

Course Requirements

This course is intended for any age learner over the age of 13.  It is recommended that students to be able to write and read at a high school level.  There are no Required books but Recommended Books are listed below.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: HIV Basics

Lesson 2: How Does HIV Affect the Body?

Lesson 3: Symptoms Associated With HIV

Lesson 4: How an HIV Diagnosis is Made

Lesson 5: Preventing HIV Infection and Transmission to Others

Lesson 6: Traditional HIV Treatment Options

Lesson 7: Alternative Medical Treatments for HIV

Lesson 8: Living with HIV

Lesson 9: Preventing HIV Related Illnesses

Lesson 10: What Is My Prognosis?

Lesson 11: Coping With HIV

Course Materials

All the course material required to complete this course is contained in this course.

Grading Policy

Grading Policy- Each lesson is followed by an end of the lesson quiz and assignment which will review what is covered in the lesson. Several lessons will also be associated with a related assignment.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what HIV is, describe how HIV affects the body, and recognize the symptoms associated with HIV.
  • Know HIV Diagnosis Is Made.
  • Describe methods for preventing HIV infection and transmission to others.
  • Define traditional HIV treatment options and summarize alternative medical treatments for HIV.
  • Describe living with HIV and coping with HIV.
  • Describe methods of preventing HIV-related illnesses, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment2
Lesson 1 Exam8
Lesson 2 Exam9
Lesson 3 Exam10
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5 Assignment2
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6 Exam9
Lesson 7 Exam7
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Assignment2
Lesson 9 Exam9
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Assignment2
Lesson 11 Exam10
The Final Exam50
Total Points:161

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