Diploma in HIV Medicine

Established 2002

The last 20 years has seen significant developments in our understanding of HIV and in the management of this disease. There is a rapidly developing epidemic in the developing world and treatment is becoming increasingly complex in the developed world. In response to a perceived need from clinicians, and in consultation with BHIVA and BASHH, the Society has instituted a Diploma in HIV Medicine. It is also recognised that a significant number of HIV Medicine practitioners come from a non-genitourinary medicine background and care has been taken to design both the syllabus and examination to reflect only core knowledge in specialist areas that all HIV physicians should be able to demonstrate.

The examination is designed for registered medical practitioners who have regular clinical contact with HIV patients. This will include practitioners working in gastroenterology, genitourinary medicine, infectious diseases, thoracic medicine etc.

The syllabus covers all aspects of HIV in detail and is intended to demonstrate a sound level of experience and competence for those at the culmination of their Specialist Registrar training who wish to specialise in HIV Medicine.

To avoid disappointment, candidates are advised to apply for the examination well in advance of the closing date for entries.  The closing date is the final date that a completed application can be considered for entry to the examination but there is no guarantee that places will still be available at this date.

Specialty Training Curriculum for Genitourinary Medicine 2016

The GMC has amended the Specialty Training Curriculum for Genitourinary Medicine.  The approval date was 6 September 2016 and the implementation date is 1 December 2016.

The 2016 Curriculum will be used for all GU and HIV Diploma examinations staged from 2017 until further notice.

In summary, the changes are:

- Reorganisation of HIV content.
- New section on sexual dysfunction.
- Revisions to some competences to ensure that doctors in training are able to respond to the needs of transgender/non-binary individuals.
- Addition of MCR tool.
- General updates in relation to Good Medical Practice and Equality and Diversity.
- Enhancing the content in relation to Female Genital Mutilation.
- Addition of QIPAT.

The curriculum and supporting documents including the "ARCP Decision Aid" will be available on the JRCPTB web site at


Examination documentation

Guide to the Diploma in HIV Medicine
(incorporating the Regulations and Curriculum)


Administrative Guidance for Candidates
Including the examination timetable and fees.
Please note that the application deadline is 12 weeks before the written paper.

Policy for Candidates seeking Special Examination Arrangements

Standard Setting Procedures for Diploma Examinations

Example BO5 questions

Example OSCE

Application Forms:

First time entry to the exam : Form A 

Re-entry to the exam: Form R  

Request for special examination arrangements: Form Q



Lisof Examiners 

Examination Review and Appeal Procedure

The Society's Review and Appeal Procedure gives information about feedback, review and appeal. Candidates who seek a review or appeal should note that there is a fee payable, the amount of which is given the the relevant Guide to the Diploma, including the Regulations and Curriculum.

Examination Review and Appeal Procedure

Pass Lists

Pass List March 2018
Pass List September 2017
Pass List March 2017
Pass List September 2016
Pass List March 2016

Pass List September 2015Pass List March 2015
Pass List September 2014Pass List March 2014Pass List September 2013Pass List March 2013Pass List September 2012Pass List March 2012Pass List Sept 2011Pass List March 2011Pass List Sept 2010


Useful Links



RSM Sexual Health & Reproductive Health Forum