Understanding HIV


3 CE Hours

Course Options:

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


Deepen your understanding of HIV and encourage respectful and compassionate skills for working with people who have an HIV infection. This course also identifies special concerns for working with clients who have tuberculosis, Kaposi's sarcoma and/or HIV dementia.

In this course, you will:

  • define HIV infection, its routes of transmission and its symptoms
  • identify massage and bodywork actions that are indicated and actions that are contraindicated for people who have HIV infection
  • describe the benefits of massage and bodywork for persons who have HIV infection, based on published research

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

Course Reviews

Debbie Kuhn, CMT

I think that this is the most informative HIV class to date. Others I have attended only covered a portion of what you have. Thank you for providing such a clear and informative CEU unit.

Julie McKay, NCTMB, CST-D, Ellicott City, MD

This is an informative and easy to understand course in communicable diseases, universal precautions and HIV. I thought I would be bored, but found myself enjoyably learning a lot.

Melanie Coffman LMT, NCTMB

I enjoyed this course, it reinforced how critical it is for Therapists to exercise good Universal Precautions

Michael Ress, WRMT

A thorough and compassionate overview of HIV/AIDS care for all massage practitioners.

Norman B. Jaffee, LMT

Good course, easy to complete in a short period of time

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  • Manual - 42 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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