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Short course in Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

2 Ethics & 13 Clinical Points Only Scholarship Access


Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a prevention and risk reduction strategy to protect HIV negative individuals before coming in contact with the HIV virus. PrEP has been shown to reduce risk of HIV infection through sex for gay and bisexual men, transgender women, and heterosexual men and women, as well as among people who inject drugs. In South Africa, with its estimated 7.1 million individuals infected with HIV, it is imperative that we engage with the implementation of PrEP in broadening our preventative strategies and ensuring that we reach the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target.

This strategy, is an essential building block in reaching the WHO Sustainable Millennium Goals towards elimination of HIV that South Africa has undersigned. The purpose of this short course is to enable Clinical Associates to:

  1. identify potential and eligible PrEP users
  2. safely initiate them on, or
  3. link them to other treatment/prevention programmes.

This initiative aims to raise awareness of HIV prevention in the target groups, thereby promoting a patient centeredness. It will simultaneously contribute to changing stigmatisation within accessing healthcare amongst these marginalised and at-risk groups.

Enrolment Process

This course is only accessible by a restrictive scholarship proudly provided by the American International Health Alliance (AIHA). It has been developed with the support and technical inputs of PACASA, the Professional Association of Clinical Associates of South Africa.

Course Content

The following modules are covered in this short course:

  • HIV overview
  • PrEP basics
  • Clinical application
  • PrEP target group
  • Counselling and adherence

Course Design

This is an online course. Participants have 4 weeks to complete the course from date of registration.


Participants are assessed on the self-study component of the course through means of online multiple-choice questionnaires.


Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Health Care Professionals for 13 Clinical CEU’s and 2 Ethical CEU on Level 2.


In order to qualify for a certificate you will be required to:

  • Work through all content, video presentations and resources.
  • Successfully complete the online assessment component through means of multiple-choice questionnaires (Pass rate of 70%)

Who Should Enrol

Clinical Associates who wish to enhance their knowledge on PrEP.


For all administrative related enquiries, please contact:

Mrs Ilana van der Merwe

Foundation for Professional Development
Email: ilanavdm@foundation.co.za
Tel: 012 816 9000
Website: www.foundation.co.za

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