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HIV Prevention

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This course is designed to allow learners to access up-to-date knowledge on the use of HIV pre- and post-exposure chemoprophylaxis for HIV prevention. The course is informed by updated BC-CfE pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis guidelines and will offer new skills and knowledge applicable to clinical practice and quality patient care. The HIV Prevention course has been updated as of May 26th, 2020 to ensure the course content aligns with BC-CfE’s updated guidelines on the use of Post-Exposure Prophylaxis and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. The updated guidelines can be found here: Completion certificates for the course prior to May 26, 2020 will still be honoured.

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Note for BC Nurse Practitioners regarding prescribing PEP and PrEP The HIV Prevention online course is a learning component of Nurse Practitioner Training in HIV Treatment and Prevention | Tier 1: Treatment for HIV Prevention. In order to prescribe initiation of HIV PEP and PrEP, nurse practitioners must register for the program and complete an online multiple choice evaluation accessed through LearningHub. The Registration link and additional program information can be found on this page: Nurse practitioners who are fully registered for Tier 1 and who have completed HIV Prevention will be emailed a link to the multiple choice evaluation within LearningHub.


On completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Assess levels of risk for acquiring HIV infection following potential exposures in occupational and non-occupational settings, including sexual assault.
  • Describe the current recommendations in the province of British Columbia regarding strategies for the prevention of HIV infection, including post-exposure and pre-exposure chemoprophylaxis.
  • Understand the principles of risk-reduction counselling for individuals at risk of acquiring HIV infection.


This Self-Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 8 Mainpro+ Certified Credits. In order to receive a Continuing Professional Development Certificate, you need to complete the quizzes after you each unit, with a minimum grade of 70% on each quiz . Please write your questions regarding course content in the forum located on the left hand bar. Questions will be answered by module authors within few days. Questions regarding the course and accreditation can be sent to:


This course was developed in collaboration with course authors: Dr. Silvia Guillemi (Background to HIV Prevention), Dr. Marianne Harris (Occupational and Non-Occupational Post-Exposure Prophylaxis), Linda Akagi (Review of Antiretroviral use for HIV Prevention), Dr. Tracy Pickett (HIV Exposure in Sexual Assault), Liz Kirkpatrick (Counselling Strategies for Risk Reduction), Junine Toy (How to Access PEP and PrEP in BC), and Dr. Mark Hull (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis).


The work of Amanda Khorsandi, Fernando Prado, Cathy Puskas, and the BC-CfE IT Team was instrumental in the development and implementation of this course.

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