Purpose: Surveillance plays a fundamental role in public health. HIV surveillance systems monitor the magnitude and trends in the prevalence of infection and risk behavior. Data from HIV surveillance systems are used for evidence-based program planning.
This course will provide a background of the HIV epidemic, an overview of HIV surveillance systems and a basic understanding of HIV surveillance components.
Objectives: By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
- Describe the impact of the HIV/AIDS worldwide epidemic
- Explain the basic biology of HIV, transmission routes, and natural history of HIV
- Describe the major elements of HIV prevention and control programs
- Recognize that HIV is treated with antiretroviral drugs and that treatment also involves prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections
- Provide a basic understanding of public health surveillance
- List the core elements of HIV/AIDS surveillance
- Understand the importance of methods involved in carrying out HIV/AIDS surveillance
- Provide an overview of the types of epidemics
Course Content: The content of this course is primarily adapted from the following three manuals:
- Introduction to HIV, AIDS and STI Surveillance for Africa Region: Module 1: Overview of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic with an Introduction to Public Health Surveillance.
- Introduction to HIV, AIDS and STI Surveillance for Asia: Module 1: Overview of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic with an Introduction to Public Health Surveillance.
- Introduction The Global HIV/AIDS Situation and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the Caribbean.
Manuals were created by: United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS-CDC), and Global AIDS Program (GAP) Surveillance Team, July 2006.
Time: Approximately 2 hours
Course Last Updated: June 2010