Advanced HIV Infection (SEXH5202)


This unit aims to describe the epidemiology, biology, pathogenesis and clinical contexts of HIV infection.
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: (i) Understand the laboratory, clinical and social aspects of the diagnosis and management of HIV infection. Course content will include underlying scientific principles of diagnostics, virology, immunology and pathogenesis as applicable to HIV infection; clinical aspects of HIV infection, including seroconversion, asymptomatic infection, early symptomatic disease, major opportunistic infections (including AIDS-related conditions), tumours and death. Emphasis will be placed on prophylaxis, antiretrovirals for prevention and treatment and the management of associated conditions. Legal, ethical and social contexts will also be discussed.

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Normal Day: compulsory attendance at 3x1hr lectures and 1x1hr journal club per week; Block Mode: Only available to domestic students enrolled in one the HIV, STIs and Sexual Health degrees subject to permission from the unit of study coordinator. 3x1hr lectures per week; plus block intensive mode, 2-3 days, 9am - 5pm.


Written examination (40%); Case-based discussions and presentations (20%); Online quizzes (30%); Journal club (10%)

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The Block Mode (BM) attendance is reserved for domestic students enrolled in one of the HIV, STIs and Sexual Health degrees only.

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.