HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers


3 CE Hours

Course Options:

  • Materials and Test Shipped to You
  • Fully Online Materials and Test


Today we find people with HIV infection among our clientele, our circle of friends and our families. HIV infected persons are seeking healing modalities that enhance the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of their being. Touch is in the forefront of these modalities. This course will greatly assist you in providing your skills with greater awareness and sensitivity for people who have HIV infection.

In this course, you will learn:

  • the history of HIV and AIDS
  • the global impact
  • opportunistic infections
  • diagnosis, treatment and transmission
  • universal precautions for preventing infection
  • contraindications for HIV infected clients
  • the benefits of bodywork for HIV and AIDs positive clients
  • emotional impact to the practitioner

This course meets the communicable disease requirement for Maryland and for most other states.

Course Reviews

Teresa Luechtefeld, LMT, NCTMB

May I say wow. I've taken 4 HIV classes since becoming a massage therapist. This was much, much better than any of them. Well writen, interesting, and compassionate without being sappy. Thank you for making this requirement enjoyable.

R. Adam Kneib, NCTMB

Thank you for this course. It was clear, to the point, and did not waste time with unnecasary information. Though I may not have many clients who have HIV/AIDS, I am excited about taking these new skills to our local medical facilities and the homebound. I always felt massage would be beneficial to those infected, but, now, know the how's and how to's as well as the contraindications. Well Done!

Dianna Bennett, LMT

FInally! An updated AIDS course that included the information about HAART. I'm thrilled to see this. The information was presented well and easily read.

April Lee, LMT

This course was a complete surprise to me. Having been in continuous practice as a medical massage therapist for 17 years now, I have taken many HIV/AIDs courses before and didn't expect anything different or new from this course. I was completely wrong and found this course exceptional and the best one of the subject I've ever taken! Thank you!

Wil White, LMT, NCTMB

While it has been an unfortunate part of life to know and have lost people to the HIV/AIDS fight, it also enhances your empathy towards individuals that may be suffering. The course was great as it gave me additional insight on what to look for and what techniques I should use when treating people living with HIV/AIDS. Thank you.

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  • Manual - 40 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to complete this program online please select the "Materials: Available online + Test: Available online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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