HIV/AIDS: State of Washington Mandatory 7 Hour Training






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Because the diagnosis of HIV infection or AIDS was a death sentence for many years until the highly active antiretroviral medications were discovered, the HIV virus and the diseases it causes continue to be greatly feared. Significant efforts have been made by researchers and clinicians to increase our knowledge of HIV, its diseases and effective prevention and treatment, since they were first identified in the 1980s. The massive public health effort to increase knowledge about HIV transmission and effective protective interventions certainly have helped to reduce the fear that initially gripped the US. The general public and healthcare workers have benefited from this collectively gained knowledge.


Public Health Service literature has helped to disseminate information on HIV/AIDS. US Public Health Service, 1987. Courtesy of National Library of Medicine.

The State of Washington has a legal requirement that certain identified workers have training related to HIV and AIDS. Selection of topics may be made to meet specific licensing boards' requirements. Unless otherwise specified, all six topic areas must be covered for the 7-hour licensing requirements. Topic areas I, II, V, and VI must be covered for the 4-hour licensing requirements and for non-licensed healthcare facility employees (who have no specific hourly requirements). If you intended to take the 4 hour course, then please click here. There is also a 2 hour requirement for some workers. If you intended to take the 2 hour course click here. Please consult the Department of Licensing at (360) 236-4700 with specific questions about hourly requirements.

Please note that these curriculum requirements may not fulfill the needs of your particular certification or licensure. Funeral directors and embalmers are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Licensing and may have additional requirements. Drug, Alcohol and Substance Abuse counselors are required to have additional, specialized training. Emergency Medical Services workers have additional annual training requirements. Please check with the entity that licenses or certifies you, or call the Department of Health's HIV/AIDS Hotline for referral at: 800-272-2437.

This course is based KNOW: HIV Prevention Education, 2007 Revised Edition, An HIV and AIDS Curriculum Manual for Health Care Facility Employees. Previous editions include:

Edition 1 - May, 1989 compiled and edited by Jutta Riediger, HIV/AIDS consultant
Edition 2 - January, 1991 revised and edited by Sara A. Peterson, RN, MA
Edition 3 - October, 1995 revised and edited by Sara A. Peterson, RN, MA
Edition 4 - September, 2000 revised by Jennifer Bush and edited by Laurie Barker James
Edition 5- January, 2002 revised and edited by Laurie Barker James
Edition 6- January, 2007 revised and edited by Barbara Schuler

This course meets the requirements of Washington State for HIV training. The 2007 KNOW Revision matches the outline of required topics for 4-hour and 7-hour licensing, HIV/AIDS education program.

The 7-hour HIV course contains all 6 parts of the required training. Parts 3 and 4 are not required for those who only need to take the 4-hour HIV course. If you need to take the 4 hour HIV course please click here.

Part 1. Etiology and epidemiology of HIV and AIDS

  • Etiology
  • Reported HIV cases, reported AIDS cases in US and Washington State
  • Risk populations/behaviors

Part 2. Transmission and Infection Control

  • Transmission of HIV
  • Infection control precautions
  • Factors affecting risk of transmission
  • Risk for transmission to healthcare workers

Part 3. Testing and Counseling

  • HIV Test information
  • Pre-test counseling
  • Post-test counseling

Part 4. Clinical Manifestations and Treatment

  • Clinical manifestations of HIV infection
  • Case management
  • Physical care
  • Psychosocial care
  • Home care
  • Resources

Part 5. Legal and Ethical Issues

  • Confidentiality as defined in the AIDS omnibus bill (RCW and WAC)
  • Informed consent
  • Legal reporting requirements
  • Ethical Issues
  • Civil rights

Part 6. Psychosocial Issues

  • Personal impact of HIV continuum
  • The human response to death and dying
  • Family issues
  • Select populations

Continue on to Part 1. Etiology and Epidemiology of HIV and AIDS