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HIV / AIDS Training for Peer Educators

Training and Development

This training course covers the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective HIV / AIDS peer educator.

“Change your Perceptions, Change HIV & AIDS Stigma”

HIV Peer education is one of the best methods used to combat HIV/AIDS in the workplace. Peer education involves selecting appropriate company members and then training them in HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. They, in turn, educate their fellow employees.

Objectives of the course.

  • According to the latest UNAIDS report, South Africa ranks as the country in the world with the most people living with HIV and AIDS. In today’s modern society HIV and AIDS are seen as a manageable disease, but the ancient grip of stigma still raises its ugly head everywhere in the world. Through education and training we can change our perceptions & attitudes and behaviors around HIV and AIDS and stop fuelling this epidemic with ignorance, discrimination, fear and silence.
  • The course explores critical issues of HIV and AIDS and its impact upon infected and affected people.
  • Peer educators are trained not only to be compassionate in their implementation of HIV/AIDS projects, but also effective in terms of skills and methodologies. 
  • They will also be encouraged to create safe and trustworthy contexts within which people infected or affected by HIV can find help and direction.
  • Peer educators will be trained in interactive methodologies and taught to manage colleagues in a sensitive, professional and appropriate manner.
  • Manuals are provided and contain questionnaires, problem solving sessions and group activities that ensure maximum participation throughout the course.
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How to choose Peer Educators?

In-house selection is usually how peer educators are chosen. A request for volunteers is usually made and the company needs to look out for people who have demonstrated initiative in the past, people who are committed to their work and to the idea of HIV education. They also need to volunteer for the role as peer educator. Selectors need to bear in mind that peer educators need to possess most of the following qualities in order to effectively meet the role of peer educator:

  • Eagerness to work with HIV and behaviour change
  • Non-judgmental attitude
  • Show respect and caring toward HIV positive people
  • Accepted + respected by their peers
  • They should be able to communicate well and persuasively with others
  • Good interpersonal skills, including listening skills and empathy
  • Time and energy
  • What is Peer Education
  • Qualities of a Peer Educator
  • Role of the Peer Educator

Think about how many peer educators you want to recruit and train. People living with HIV or AIDS often make for insightful and sensitive peer educators. HR personnel are good to have on the training, as they are often good at maintaining and updating the peer education programme.

Who should attend?

  • Any level of employee who are interested in HIV/AIDS to spearhead the growth of awareness within their respective organisation.
  • Peer education involves selecting appropriate company members and then training them in HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. They, in turn, educate their fellow employees.

AIDS Training Outline


The HIV/AIDS Pandemic

  • A brief history on HIV and AIDS pandemic
  • The history of HIV and AIDS in South Africa
  • Global & South Africa HIV Statistics
  • HIV and AIDS Theories
  • Top 10 HIV Myths and Misconceptions
  • Transmission of HIV – high-risk, low-risk and no-risk activities
  • Factors that increase the risk of HIV
  • Testing for HIV
  • The importance of pre-post counselling
  • Treatment
  • People’s reactions to bad news- Stages of grief- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • HIV Life Cycle
  • Stages of HIV & AIDS
  • Reducing the risk of infection
  • TB and other Opportunistic Infections
  • Stigma Cycle and its consequences

 Living positively with HIV 

  • Top 10 tips to staying healthy with HIV
  • Managing HIV/AIDS as a normal chronic disease 
  • Reducing the risk of further infection
  • Anti-retrovirals and how they work
  • Getting to know your local provincial hospitals and procedures for accessing ARVs
  • The effects of ARVs on a person
  • Serodiscordant couples
  • The Life Wheel
  • Setting goals – SMERTIE
  • Milestones- Planning and staying in top shape
  • Beliefs and where they come from
  • Taking Responsibility

Managing HIV/AIDS issues in the workplace

  • Rights of individuals living with AIDS
  • Rights of employers
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Discrimination in the workplace
  • Policies & Procedures
  • Top 10 tips how to handle HIV Positive employee in the workplace
  • Attitudes towards HIV
  • Factors that influence attitudes
  • Knowledge questionnaire

Presenting an HIV & AIDS information session

  • Planning- the 5 P’s
  • Mind map of planning
  • Preparation
  • Verbal & Non-verbal communication
  • Presenting the information session – Each delegate will have the opportunity to present their own 5-10 min presentation
  • Training programme evaluation


Additional Information

Course Duration: 3 Days

Presented : In-house and online



  • Comprehensive manual
  • Framed certificate of attendance
  • Notepad & Pen
  • Superior training venue with delicious lunch, teas and refreshments

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