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HIV and Enteropathy

The Academy’s HIV-focused professional certifications are the first and only credentials offered domestically and internationally to physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists specializing in advanced level HIV care.  The HIV Specialist™ (AAHIVS) credential is available to practicing frontline clinical providers, while the HIV Expert™ (AAHIVE) designation can be earned by non-practicing clinicians.  The HIV Pharmacist™ (AAHIVP) certification is available to eligible HIV-specialized pharmacists. For additional detail on the distinctions between the Academy’s three provider certification types, click here.

To earn any one of the 3-year Academy credentials described above, applicants must apply online during the normal annual application period, and must meet strict experience and continuing education requirements (reported on the application), which are as follows:


  • EXPERIENCE: the applicant must be a licensed provider in his or her state of practice, and must declare when applying that they are actively treating a specified number of HIV patients in an environment appropriate to their profession (non-practicing frontline clinicians working in research or industry are waived and earn the AAHIVE designation).
  • EDUCATION: the applicant must be actively engaged in ongoing continuing medical education or related activities, and must declare and describe a minimum specified level of activity when applying.  This aspect of the certification eligibility is critical as the earned credential in fact signifies (in part) that the certificant is engaged in high level, ongoing learning and study in the field.

Details of these two eligibility parameters can be seen here. Once approved to sit for an exam, an applicant earns their respective designation upon passing the test, a process also described as “external validation”.

  • EXTERNAL VALIDATION: the provider must pass the psychometrically sound, 125-item multiple choice exam, measuring his or her knowledge of HIV care topics (pertinent to their specific profession).

For more details about AAHIVM Credentialing, please select from the options in the blue box on the left, or from the dropdown menu options above.