Training and Education

AIDS Education Program

Each training activity is designed to present cutting-edge information on the management of HIV-infected patients and interventions to prevent high-risk behavior. Training topics include central nervous system (CNS) impairment, neuropsychiatric disorders and/or psychiatric complications, HIV-1-associated dementia complex, HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders, asymptomatic neurocognitive impairment, CNS opportunistic infections, HIV-associated mania, delirium, depression, anxiety, sexual disorders, psychosis, pain, sleep disorders, neuroinflammation, psychopharmacology, and comorbidity. Faculty are recognized clinical-care experts and include psychiatrists and other medical specialties. To date, the AIDS Education Program has trained over 37,000 clinicians.

Video Presentations

Our video presentations provide psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners with an overview of some of the psychiatric disorders commonly found in patients with HIV and AIDS. Treating these comorbidities is critical to promoting antiretroviral medication adherence, assuring secondary prevention, and improving patients’ quality of life.

Medical Student Elective in HIV Psychiatry

The Medical Student Elective in HIV Psychiatry was established in 2004 to provide an opportunity for fourth-year medical students to participate in a month-long clinical or research elective in HIV psychiatry at one of several prominent universities. This program was created to foster the participation of medical students (particularly racial and ethnic minorities) in HIV-related care and research and provide them with a means of obtaining essential HIV-related mental health training through an integrated approach to patient care. More

Locate a Trainer in Your Area

APA’s Office of HIV Psychiatry works with a network of qualified trainers located in 25 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Our faculty includes experts in a variety of psychiatric specialties who are well versed in a number of topics, including HIV-1 associated dementia complex, HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders, asymptomatic neurocognitive impairment, mood disorders, severely mental illness, sexual dysfunction, pain syndromes, psychopharmacology, dysmorphic syndrome, HIV–hepatitis C virus co-infection, and triple diagnosis. Our staff will assist you in identifying the most appropriate trainer for your needs.

If you wish to locate a trainer, please email

Join Our Training Network

To participate in our training community of over 200 faculty throughout the country and around the world, we invite you to join us in our mission to educate psychiatrists and other health and mental health clinicians on the management and prevention of AIDS and HIV disease. Not a trainer? We welcome your participation as a consultant as we work to develop curriculum, state-of-the-science resources, and policy recommendations.

If you are interested in joining our efforts, please email