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Understanding HIV

3 CE Hours - E1064
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Understanding HIV

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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


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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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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