This resource contains nine chapters with questions and answers. Most have been updated in 2023 and others will be updated shortly.
This manual is designed for people who are just learning about HIV.
Test is easy to read. Most pages have a reading ease score above 70 and a reading grade of about 7.
Different chapters have been updated at different times. Please check these dates when using this resource.
Chapter 9 of the manual is an advanced resource about HIV and drug resistance.
About these resources
The training starts from basics: CD4 count and viral load. Then HIV treatment (ART), side effects and main opportunistic infections (OIs).
There is a section on pregnancy and another on injecting drug use.
A separate linked resource is about HIV research.
This manual is designed for people with no previous knowledge of these subjects. It is based on an i-Base training manual on ART.
This has been updated and revised for this online English edition.
This resource is a copyright-free project for non-commercial use (see below).
Thanks to the Network for European AIDS Treatment (NEAT) for supporting the second update. Updates in 2011, 2016, 2021 and 2023 were not directly funded.
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Authors and acknowledgements
The original training manual written and edited by: Simon Collins, Polly Clayden, Svilen Kolev Konov, Roman Dudnik, Ben Cheng, Sipho Mthathi and Matt Williams.
With thanks to everyone who commented and contributed then and since.
Subsequent updates have been produced by Simon Collins for HIV i-Base.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.
This resource is part of a copyright-free project. It is available on the i-Base website to download in various formats, or to work through online. As with other i-Base resources we encourage translations.
Please translate, reproduce and adapt this resource for not-for-profit use. An acknowledgement and link to the original version would be appreciated.
This link is about how we produced this guide. It includes the importance of using language that is direct and easy to understand.
Most pages have a reading ease score above 70 and a reading grade of about 7.
It includes tips on how to write non technical medical information. This might also be a useful resource for other organisations.
Last updated: 1 January 2023.