From 21 May, HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) will be running a new City & Guilds course in understanding HIV and AIDS. The course has already run successfully in Leeds, Manchester and London and is now launching in Brighton.

The qualification is designed for people interested in HIV and AIDS or working in a role where knowledge of the issue would be beneficial to their work. It’s ideal for people who work in a variety of roles including GPs, nurses, GP reception staff, voluntary workers, probation officers, police officers, teachers, social services staff, staff in drug support services and residential care services as well as interested individuals.

The distance learning based course is structured into three units with two face to face study days held in central Brighton and 44 hours of study time for all units. The course costs £350 + VAT for private sector workers and £250 + VAT for public sector workers.

Joanna Hurren Head of Function at City & Guilds said “The course could help to open the door to a career in the HIV sector. Alternatively, it could help to support a person’s career development if they are already working in a role where it’s beneficial to be aware of the issues relating to HIV and AIDS.”

Areas of study on the course include:

Transmission and prevention of HIV
Stigma and discrimination in HIV and AIDS
Managing HIV and AIDS
Jackie Redding, Director of Social Care and Service Development for THT said: “We’re delighted to be running this course in Brighton. It aims not only to raise awareness of HIV but also to reduce the stigma that still exists. I’d encourage anyone interested to get in touch and find out more.”

Students who have completed the course said:

‘The course is a must do for all working in social care or sexual education, no-matter the level.’
‘I would recommend the course to anyone non-medically trained working, or hoping to work, in the field of HIV.’

To sign up for the course or get further information visit www.tht.org.uk/cityandguilds or contact Justin Barrett on 020 7812 1727 or email hivvrq@tht.org.uk

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