Notes for trainers
This training resource has nine related chapters. The format is very simple.
- Sections 1-6 introduce the most important aspects of treatment to a basic standard. These include the immune system, CD4 count, viral load, natural history of HIV, combination therapy treatment, side effects, opportunistic infections, and HIV and pregnancy.
- Section 7 introduces HIV treatment for injecting drug users: model of comprehensive care, validity and reliability of treatment, drug interactions with methadone and street drugs.
- Section 8 is about HIV clinical research: This includes different types of studies, safety, participation, and why research is important, advocates’ role in clinical trials.
- Section 9 is a longer chapter about HIV drug resistance. This explains how resistance can develop, how it can be measured and how to avoid resistance.
- The aim for each section is to provide a general understanding for each area. This will form the structure for more advanced training and your own research in the future.
- Understanding and completing this course will enable a good grasp of 90% of the issues involved in HIV and treatment.
- It is intended that this course material will be supplemented with resources and activities that you judge are appropriate to your group and locality.
- This course is written for people who do not have a scientific background or medical training.
- Some of the modules are very short, and have simple questions. This is so that anyone can start learning about treatment, and in turn pass that information on to others.
- The material has been written in a way that makes it easier for you to then explain the information again to other people without a medical background.
This course is written by treatment advocates who have had no formal medical training and who are mostly HIV-positive – and we’ve tried to remember the biggest surprises that we found as we developed our own treatment knowledge.
This resource is part of a copyright-free project that is available on the i-Base website to download in various formats, or to work online. As with other treatment information produced by i-Base we encourage translations into other languages.
Last updated: 1 January 2023.