UCU 3103: HIV/AIDS (45 LH)


To create awareness in the students about public health and HIV/AIDs and to equip them with necessary information and skills to keep themselves health.


By the end of the course the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify common diseases and preventative and control measures.
  2. Know the modes of transmission of HIV/AIDs and Prevention methods to reduce infections.
  3. Explain the link between diet, physical exercises, psychological well being and health.
  4. Undertake behavioral change with the aim of keeping a healthy lifestyle.


General Introduction: Public health and hygiene, human physiology, sex and sexuality. History of sexually transmitted diseases (STD); History of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune-deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS), Comparative information on trends, global and local distribution; Justification of importance of course. Biology of HIV/AIDS: Overview of immune system, natural immunity to HIV/AIDS; The AIDS. The aids Virus and its life Cycle, disease progression (epidemiology), transmission and diagnosis.  Treatment and Management: Nutrition. Prevention and control; Abstain, Be faithful, Condom use, Destigmatize HIV/AIDS (ABCD) method anti-retroviral drugs and vaccines.  Pregnancy and AIDS. Management of HIV/AIDS patients.  Social and Cultural practices: Religion and AIDS.  Social stigma on HIV/AIDS. Behavioural change.  Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) services.  Drug abuse and AIDS, alcohol and hard drugs.  Poverty and AIDS.  Families and AIDS orphans.  Government Policies: Global policies of AIDS.  Legal rights of AIDS patients.  Intellectual property rights.  AIDS impact: Family set-up/society, population, agriculture, education, development and economy