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I wish to gratefully acknowledge the contributions made by many medical and nursing colleagues in South Africa to the Adult HIV Education Programme, which is presented in this book form as Adult HIV: What health professionals need to know. In particular I would like to recognise Ms Felicity Cope, who played a major role in collecting the required training material, and Dr Catherine Orrell, who identified what was important and relevant to the care of adults with HIV infection. Subsequent revisions have been managed by Dr Richard Kaplan.

The Adult HIV Education Programme was developed under the auspices of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation at the University of Cape Town, and was guided by an editorial board consisting of Prof L-G. Bekker, Ms F. Cope, Ms K. Fosseus, Dr C. Orrell, Dr R. Kaplan, Ms L. Mtwisha and Prof D. Woods. The contributors who shared their wide experience and provided wise advice to ensure the text was scientifically correct and clinically appropriate were Prof M. Blockman, Dr K. Dong, Dr C. Horwood, Prof D. Martin, Dr D. Wilson, Dr F. Venter, Prof R. Wood and Dr B. Harley.

Comments and suggestions by all the participants who use Adult HIV to further their own continuing education provide ongoing feedback.

A generous grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and funding from Eduhealthcare, enabled the development and publishing of this book, and a number of valuable contributors have helped to fund its further distribution.

Prof David Woods