Advanced First Aid Training Course
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS in a workplace, and its effects on a business sub-sector, own organisation and a specific workplace.
SAQA US ID 13915 - NQF Level 3 - Credits 4


Understanding HIV/AIDS and its effects in the workplace (8 hours) - Course Outline

This course provides a broad introduction to and awareness of HIV/AIDS in the workplace that will enable learners to be informed and caring workers within their industry. The focus is knowledge, skills, values and attitudes in relation to the learner`s own experience in the work environment. The course material incorporates the specific outcomes and assessment criteria of the SAQA-registered Unit Standard 13915.

This course introduces the anatomy and physiology of the immune system at a basic level of understanding. It covers the characteristics of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and how it attacks and gradually destroys the immune system of individuals who are infected. Ways in which HIV is transmitted and the role of human behaviour in the transmission of HIV are examined. The course explores safe and risky behaviour, and how to avoid becoming infected. It looks at reasons why it is almost impossible to be infected with HIV at the workplace other than in exceptional circumstances when universal safety precautions are not followed. The course covers guidelines and assistance available to support workers with HIV/AIDS and learners are encouraged to recognise their own role in creating a caring work environment. Learners will also gain insight into the implications of the HIV/AIDS pandemic for society, the economy, and business - including their own workplace.

There is open access to this unit standard. Learners should:
•  Hold a GETC or equivalent qualification or
•  Be competent in communication and mathematical literacy NQF level 2.
HIV/AIDS Course Contents

•  HIV and AIDS and related terminology.
•  How the immune system works.
•  How the HI virus attacks the immune system.
•  Stages in the development of untreated HIV from infection to full-blown AIDS and death.
•  Antibody tests - the Elisa and Rapid Tests.
•  HIV positive babies and fluctuating test results.
•  The concept of Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT).
•  The effects of HIV on infected persons and their ability to perform work.
•  The importance of lifestyle changes to boost the immune system and prevent reinfection.
•  The importance of pre- and post-test counselling.
•  Surviving with HIV/AIDS and the latest views on medication and the costs of the drugs.
•  How HIV/AIDS is transmitted.
•  The dangers of drug abuse and its role in the transmission of HIV.
•  The role of blood products in the transmission of HIV.
•  Safe and risky behaviour and HIV transmission.
•  Fears and common misunderstandings about the transmission of HIV/AIDS in the context of the workplace.
•  Guidelines and assistance available to support workers with HIV/AIDS.
•  Creating a caring work environment - the role of co-workers and employers.
•  The importance of having a company policy and code of behaviour for HIV/AIDS.
•  Possible problems that a worker with HIV/AIDS may encounter in the workplace.
•  The importance of employers playing a proactive role in addressing the AIDS pandemic.
•  HIV/AIDS prevention and wellness programmes.
•  The treatment options available to a person with HIV/AIDS.
•  The rights of all workers in respect of HIV/AIDS.
•  Universal Precautions.
•  Understanding the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS.
•  The implications of the HIV/AIDS pandemic for society, the economy, a business sub-sector, an organisation and a specific workplace.
•  The needs of AIDS orphans.
•  The effect of a population composed mainly of children and the aged on the economy and the State.
•  The need for medical care for people with HIV/AIDS and the implications for employers and the State.
Course Details

Course duration: 2 Days
Time: 08h00-16h00
Price: R1250 per person excl. VAT
Venue: On site or at IEFA Training Centre
Dates: Available upon request
No of learners: Minimum 8, maximum 25
Course Accreditation: HWSeta (Accreditation No. LG141P)