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Understanding HIV

3 CE Hours - E1064

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  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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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.

Featured Reviews

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.

- Debbie Kuhn, CMT

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.

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

Wonderfully comprehensive, urgently needed course material. Sharon Burch 's encyclopedic knowledge and highly evident compression and empathy came through on every page.

- William J. Hout, LMT

The course is great. It was many things I did not know until I took this course. This was a joy for knowledge.

- Sean Taylor, RMT

The course was great, I see no reason to change anything

- Donald Norton, LMT

Very well structured/informative.

- Toni Robinson, LMT, NCTMB

I learned much more than I expected too. This is an exellent course

- Jennifer Barbee, LMT, NCTMB

For someone who doesn't test or have high quality reading comprehension capability, this course was easy to follow and I actually learned something important.

- Sarah Lawson, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent presentation and references. One of the best home study courses I have had opportunity to take advantage of.

- Kathleen Keller, LMT

Excellent information!

- Jeanne Meindertsma, LMT, NCTMB

The course has relevance in all areas of massage practice.

- Eugenie Natale, LMT

I found the course presented the information well. The information was of sufficient depth and the course format was very convenient.

- Edward Kaplonski, CMT

I found the course to be informative and insightful with case histories and statistics.

- Dori, CMT in MD

Fits into my scheudle, without down time away from my clients. Website was very easy to use. The course was very organized in content.

- Doreen McNew - Bel Air, MD

Information was extremely beneficial-as bodyworkers to stay well-informed or current AIDs research as well as the benefits of Massage Therapy when working with clients afflicted with this disease.

- Dawn Keenum-Felker, NCTMB, RMTD

The course was very educational. I learned a lot of things about HIV and how I can help as a Massage Therapist.

- Crystal Harrington LMT

This course did a great job of reviewing the basics of HIV infection and transmission, as well as taking it the next step to relate it to massage and bodywork practice.

- Crystal Guengerich, RN, CMT

I really liked the tone of this course. The writer really seemed to have compassion and a real understanding of what people with HIV/AIDS experience and how to be with them.

- Christy Wooton

This is a very informative, in-depth explanation of AIDs and HIV.

- Carolyn Delanoy, BS LMT

One of the most up-to-date HIV courses I've seen.

- Carol Skolnik, CMT

The text was easy to read.

- Caleb McConnell

The test was very easy to complete and understand.

- Becky Harley, RMD, NCBMB

The material was very easy to understand as well as the questions. The process of completeing my continuing education credits was very easy and I just wanted to thank you for making it painless!

- Amber Cosner, CMT, NCTMB

Concise information, well structured learning progression.

- J. Kelly Russell, LMT

This course was thorough and to the point with up to date information

- Karen Hunter-Dixon CMT, CLT Finksburg Md.

Thanx, very informative and made meaningful for a massage therapist.

- Kathy Griffin, NCTMB, RPP, CMT

I really liked the breakdown of opportunistic infections with the description, symptoms and therapist precautions.

- Kimberly G. Allen, CMT

The material was clear, concise and easy to read and comprehend.

- LR, Greenbelt, MD

This is well-organized with good material.

- Lynn Johnson, LMT, Dipl. ABT, MA

The information in the course was straight forward and can be applied for use while working with clients.

- Margaret Arno-Malzahn, LMT

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

- Melanie Coffman LMT, NCTMB

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

- Michael Ress, WRMT

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

- Norman B. Jaffee, LMT

Class was great- covered the MD state requirements. Covered the topic of HIV/Aids very thoroughly!

- S. Isaacson, CMT

The textbook was very comprehensible and informative.

- S. Star Byrd

This course was well-written and full of helpful information.

- Tianne Wheat, LMT

I think all CAM practitioners can benefit by learning about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of HIV.

- Tracy, LMBT

A lot of thought and preperation has gone into this course.

- TWFM Northeast Texas

Excellent review as well as important new information on working with a very specific population.

- W. Scott Pollard, LMT


  • 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.


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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