Diploma in HIV Medicine

Update (September 2021)

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we had to cancel the diet of the Diploma that was originally planned for September 2020, and then delayed the diet originally  planned  for February 2021 until July 2021. The diet for November 2021 will go ahead as planned - this will be with a socially-distanced OSCE exam, with a reduced number of examiners, actors and candidates in the examination hall at any one time.

The next diet of the exam after November 2021 would normally be in the following February, but this would now leave us too short a time to prepare a new examination; this diet will thus be delayed and the BO5 is now scheduled to take place on Monday 23 May 2022 with the OSCE taking place on Tuesday 28 June 2022.

We hope that we will be able to return to regular twice yearly examinations after that.

Established 2002

In response to a perceived need from clinicians, and in consultation with BHIVA and BASHH, the Society 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. This may include practitioners working in gastroenterology, genitourinary medicine, infectious diseases, thoracic medicine etc.

The examination is designed for registered medical practitioners who have had substantial, regular and continued clinical experience with HIV medicine over at least a 2-year period (or part-time equivalent) at Specialty Trainee level or equivalent.  This should include practice within the last 5 years to ensure currency of knowledge, incorporating experience of both inpatient and outpatient care.

The examination is based on the Specialty Training Curriculum for Genitourinary Medicine which was implemented on 1 December 2016.

DHIV Application Forms - UPDATE - A "Pass" result for a single part of the exam may now be retained and re-entry to only undertake the remaining part be permitted within a period of 2 years.  Please refer to the Administrative Guidance for Candidates for further information.

First time entry to the exam: Form A

Re-entry to the exam: Form R NEW

Request for special examination arrangements: Form Q

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

Examiner List

OSCE example - Starting ART

BO5 example

Pass Lists