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Many areas of rural Arkansas are considered HIV deserts, which are locations that offer no HIV care. Mid-Delta Health Systems, a community health center in the rural mid-Arkansas Delta, is working to eliminate the HIV desert in their community. Through a PCHP grant, Mid-Delta is developing education related to HIV prevention, treatment, and risk reduction. While specifically designed for healthcare professionals, patients, and the community in this rural area of Arkansas, the information is available for everyone.


HIV 101

Welcome to HIV 101! In this course, you will learn the basics about HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), including how it is transmitted, how it affects the body, and how to stop its spread. HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight off infections and diseases. HIV is a severe condition, but with proper treatment, people with HIV can live long and healthy lives. By the end of this course, you should better understand HIV and how to protect yourself and others from infection.

HIV 102

Welcome to HIV 102, where we will delve deeper into the care of individuals living with HIV/AIDS and those who require intervention to prevent infection. Building upon the foundational information learned in HIV 101, this module will provide an in-depth look at antiretroviral therapy (ART), its benefits, and the treatment guidelines associated with HIV/AIDS.

In addition to understanding the goals of ART use, we will also explore the prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections. We will also discuss the complexities of HIV/AIDS, including its co-occurrence with mental health and substance use, which can have a negative impact on public health.

By the end of this module, you will have a deeper understanding of the care required for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, as well as the prevention and intervention strategies necessary to combat the spread of this disease.