HIV Essentials online course

This is a free course, developed by the Positive Speakers’ Bureau with funding from the New Zealand Ministry of Health.
 It has been created in response to a need for accessible, accurate and up-to-date information about HIV prevention, treatment and stigma.

About the HIV Essentials course

The HIV Essentials course was developed in New Zealand by the Positive Speakers’ Bureau in conjunction with Marshall’s E-learning, with contributions from people living with HIV and others who have many years of experience within the HIV sector. The medical content of this course has been read and approved by Dr Mark Thomas – specialist Infectious Diseases Physician at Auckland Hospital. This course is free.

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What you will learn?

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Identify what HIV is, and the difference between HIV and AIDS 
  • Identify how HIV is transmitted and how transmission can be effectively prevented 
  • Define what Undetectable = Untransmittable (U = U) means and the benefits of having an  
  • undetectable viral load.  
  • Outline the current New Zealand Ministry of Health recommendations on HIV and breastfeeding.  
  • Define and identify HIV related stigma and discrimination 

In order to complete the course, you must successfully complete the final assessment.  A Certificate of Achievement will be issued.

Professional Education Credits

If you are a registered practitioner, you may qualify to receive CPD points or education credits.

  • New Zealand Dental Association = 2 CPD points

  • Midwifery Council = 2 CPD hours

  • The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners = 2 CME points
    The “HIV Essentials Online Course” activity, has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 2 CME credits for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

Accessing the course

To access this interactive course, you will need either a laptop or PC.  Some of the functionality of the course will not work if you use a mobile hand-held device like a phone or ipad.

Please allow up to 2 hours to complete the course. This includes time to go through the modules, scenarios and the assessment.  

To receive a Certificate of Achievement, you must successfully complete the assessment.

You may repeat the assessment as many times as needed.

You may exit and enter the course as many times as needed but if you do this during the assessment, your progress will not be saved.


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