Diploma in HIV Medicine

Update (January 2023)

Please be aware that the dates for the September diet of the DHIV OSCE have been rescheduled to take place in October. The new dates for the OSCEs are listed below. The Best of 5 date remains the same:

February 2023

BO5 - Tuesday 14 February 2023 / OSCE Thursday 23 February 2023 and/or Friday 24 February 2023

October 2023

BO5 - Tuesday 12 September 2023 / OSCE Thursday 5 October 2023 and/or Friday 6 October 2023

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.

Applications for February 2023 diet of the DHIV are now closed.

The next DHIV examinations will take place on the dates below:

BO5 - Tuesday 12 September 2023 / OSCE Thursday 5 October 2023 and/or Friday 6 October 2023

First time entry to the exam: Form A

Re-entry to the exam: Form R

Request for special examination arrangements: Form Q

Academic Policies and Information for Candidates

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.

Candidate Code of Conduct

Candidate Misconduct Policy

Candidate Plagiarism Policy

OSCE example - Starting ART

BO5 example

Examiners List

Pass Lists

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