More than 30 years have passed since HIV and AIDS become pandemic, yet the rate of new infections, especially among youth and women, continues to cause grave concern. While people are living longer and healthier lives, the economic cost of treatment and care for those living with HIV or AIDS is a major issue. The goal of zero new infections seems very far fetched in our region, making this course very much relevant.
This workshop takes an wholistic view of HIV and AIDS. It will discuss HIV around the world, including its history, science, social and cultural issues, experimental vaccines, as well as developments in prevention.
At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:
- Know the history of HIV around the world, from discovery to its global spread
- Understand how the immune system works and what HIV does to disable the system
- Explain what a behavioural prevention strategy is and give one example of a successful strategy
- Discuss culturally embedded HIV prevention and awareness messages
- Share one cost-effective way to reduce HIV transmission rates
- Share information on current research in biomedical prevention of HIV
- Identify how HIV affects and is affected by gender, culture, politics, sexual and biological factors
- Describe at least two (2) HIV clinical care issues
- Explain the requirements for successful HIV & AIDS vaccine
- Discuss the future challenges of successfully alleviating global suffering related to AIDS
- Describe how individuals, organisations and societies around the world are responding to the pandemic.
- Find out whether HIV can be spread through casual contact (e.g. touching)
- Find out whether an HIV +ve mother can give birth an HIV-ve baby
Length of Workshop
4 Whole Day Sessions (4 hours per day)