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HIV: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention Course

Almost 1 in 5 people infected with HIV are unaware of their infection. They can spread HIV to others. Studies have shown that many HIV-infected people decrease their high-risk behaviors (e.g., unprotected sex, multiple sex partners, sharing injection-drug needles/syringes) once they are aware of their HIV-infection status. In spite of efforts to contain this epidemic, HIV continues to spread. As a nurse/healthcare worker, you are at risk as well. This course has been designed to help you do your part in slowing the spread of HIV infection, by providing you with essential background information on HIV testing options and reporting requirements, treatment of HIV and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of HIV testing, including which patients should be offered testing
  • Describe HIV testing options and state-specific requirements for testing and reporting
  • Discuss the therapeutic management of HIV infection, both before and after therapy is initiated
  • List strategies for promoting patient adherence to an HIV treatment regimen
  • Define regimen failure as it relates to HIV treatment
  • Discuss best practices for reducing risk of HIV exposure and infection, both within and outside the healthcare setting