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HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers

3 CE Hours - E1023

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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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.

Featured Reviews

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.

- Dianna Bennett, 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!

- April Lee, LMT

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.

- Teresa Luechtefeld, LMT, NCTMB

I found the explanations of what a client may be experiencing emotionally and cognitively especially helpful, along with suggestions of how to respond with patience and simple and clear communication.

- Lydia Overton, 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.

- Wil White, LMT, 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!

- R. Adam Kneib, NCTMB

I really enjoyed this course. It is a good reminder of the importance of being aware of your client’s health history and being available for their needs within their session. It was also filled with great information on understanding AIDS and what is it and treatment of the disease.

- B. Trojecki, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent course with detailed information in a very understandable format. I will use the Institute for all my CEU requirements. Highly recommended!!!!

- W. Murphy, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

The course materials were very concise, easy to understand and very informative. I also appreciated the fact that there were aspects of research papers in this material to promote the validity of what the writer was trying to say.

- Morgan Adams, LMT, BCTMB

I have taken several courses from this site and have never been disappointed in the materials. I came specifically for the HIV course and I thought this would be a rehash, but it has some new and updated material. I always keep the test questions and the text so that I can look over it again.

- Gerald Jordan Jr., LMT, BCTMB

Content was satisfactory! Definitely learned some new information to use in aiding my practice.

- Ashley Crump, RMT

excellent, excellent course!!

- Megan Fitzgerald, LMT

This was great to learn the different sickness that will come about and how to handle those conditions

- Jennifer Meckelvaney, LMT

Great information in this course and many references for further education. Thank you so much.

- Jennifer Armstrong, RMT

Most of the the information provided was delivered in a caring manner. I was able to empathize, which allowed me to read through the content efficiently. Thank you.

- Sabrina Jones, RMT

This course was better than the last course on HIV/Universal Precautions at my local Community College. Thank you!

- J. Paige Szymanski, LMT, BCTMB

The case reports contained in this presentation made it especially interesting.

- Marie Tai

This course was up-to-date and great. Makes me want to work with this special population and do amazing bodywork for them. The real life stories made this very personal. I enjoyed looking at the research studies for the effectiveness of massage. GREAT COURSE!

- Amy Thacker, LMT

This was incredibly informative and relevant to massage and body work. Much more so then other online courses I have taken.

- Jennifer Davis, LMT

Very informative course. Clearly the best HIV Update course I have taken. Thank you!

- Lauren Nogrady, LMT, NCTMB

I was surprised by the depth of the material presented in both a fact-based and compassionate manner.

- Cheryl G. , LMT

Very informative material

- Kelly Green

Excellent materials. I appreciated the detailed information about the different illnesses and their symptoms.

- Mary Newkirk, LMT

This course offered new information that I wasn't currently aware of for my profession. Including how many people have the disease today.

- Diana Forrest, LMT

Well organized and informative

- Maureen McNulty, LMT

Thank you for the relevant information. I can use this in my practice & everyday life.

- Patrice Scott, LMT

Informative and well done. Thank you.

- Zoe Elva Putnam, LMT

Very up to date and informative.

- Donna Schaefers, LMT

Great refresher course ...gained valuable new information and understanding....thanks

- Gerlinde Creager, LMT

This course was very interesting and I feel better equipped and more knowledgeable about working HIV infected individuals.

- Deborah Schroeder, LMT, NCTMB

Worth taking

- Julie Weitz, LMT

Very good course. Real compassion comes to mind!

- Dagmar Lemich, LMT, NCTMB

Very good course, informative and clear.

- Lauren Nogrady, LMT, NCTMB

Good class

- Darline Fox, LMT, NCTMB

I appreciate the format for this course. It meets my current needs for continuing education. Thanks.

- James Shattuck, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent material, well laid out and informative. Thank you.

- Alkex Mykietiuch, LMT

Great Course....

- Jennifer Snelgrove, LMT

Very easy and accessible

- Yoseline Eichstaedt

This course was very touching and very well written. Of al the courses, I've taken from your institute so far, I feel this is the one which is the very best written. Thank you.

- Heather Rasch, BCTMB

Great review of important information!

- Michael Frederick-Martinez, LMP, NCTMB

I learned something new and helpful to being a massage therapist

- Heidi Claridge, LMT

To date, this was the most useful and informative course on HIV I have taken. I felt that the case histories and the contraindications re-iterated, were most helpful to my work as a massage therapist doing hospice work.

- Carole Forman, LMT

I think this is a wonderful course for Massage Therapists and Bobyworkers just to name a few, however other health care professionals can benfit from this course.

- M. Crislip, LMT

The information in this course was more interesting than I thought it would be. The Author pulls from personal experience so it is not a drab read.

- Daniel S. Novic, LMT

Great information for staying up-to-date on HIV/Aids. Thank you!”

- J. Armstrong, LMT, NCTMB

Very informative and handled with compassion. Has made me consider this form of palliative care.

- M. Lavine, LMT, NCTMB


  • 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.


Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and has been practicing as a nurse since 1974. She is currently a Registered Nurse in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, Ms. Burch studied under many of today's leaders in massage therapy and bodywork during the 1980s, became Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB in 1993 and holds a professional membership with the AMTA.

As founder of Health Positive!, Ms. Burch has created over 60 home study nursing and massage continuing education programs, performed over 65 public, live educational presentations, has written two published books, served as a member on the NCBTMB Continuing Education committee and was a founding member of the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists.

Sharon is an instructor on many of the Institute's programs and has authored and co-authored various ethics courses and additional titles such as Touch for the Seriously Ill, Stress Reduction Through Bodywork, Staying Well – Naturally, Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness, Chronic Pain Management, Marketing Massage in Four Easy Steps, Preventing Medical Errors, HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, Understanding HIV, Massage for Edema and more.

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