This is the fourth edition of the HIV Curriculum for the Health Professional, a book written and produced by the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative in collaboration with international partners, that was published in 2010. This curriculum reflects our expertise and experience in pediatrics, but it is designed to improve the care of patients of all ages. Nearly 50,000 copies of the first three editions of this publication have been distributed in 51 countries since the first edition became available in 2001.

The curriculum has evolved with each edition; we hope it is becoming ever more practical, user-friendly, and comprehensive. This HIV Curriculum for the Health Professional was made possible by start-up funding from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company's Secure the Future initiative.
Additional sponsorship for development, printing, and distribution of this edition of the HIV Curriculum for the Health Professional was provided by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH/FIC), the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). One important difference between the fourth edition HIV Curriculum for the Health Professional and the versions that preceded it is that the fourth edition is not printed and distributed centrally from the BIPAI headquarters in Houston, Texas, USA.
This decision was not taken lightly, as we recognize that many end-users (health professionals in the field) will not have ready broadband access to the material at the bedside where it might be most useful to them.  We have made the fourth edition available in print-ready format online for local production, and we encourage our partner organizations and other NGOs to print as needed. The reasons for decentralizing curriculum production are many, and include:
  • More environmentally friendly (not using jet fuel to ship heavy books across the world)
  • Provides work and revenue to local businesses (printing companies)
  • Quality standard can be maintained by providing non-editable .pdf
  • Programs can control their own inventory of curriculum
  • Curriculum can be modified and edited on-line and kept up-to-date more easily than if large central stores are produced
  • Resources previously allocated for shipping costs can be devoted to programs to benefit HIV-infected individuals more directly
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