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HIV/AIDS: An Overview

Author: Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI Susan DePasquale, APRN and M. Lys Hunt, LICSW
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Course Created: 2020

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 3 hours
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Course Summary

As a result of advanced treatment options and increased access to quality health care, the number of people diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) has been decreasing in the United States. With proper diagnosis and treatment, people can live symptom-free for a significant length of time. Comprehensive prevention strategies and education for human services and mental healthcare clinicians, including social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, counselors, and their patients is important to help reduce the spread of the disease. Although it remains a chronic condition without a cure, new treatment guidelines and antiretroviral drugs have provided hope for individuals infected with HIV to live longer. Continuing education for those human service and mental healthcare professionals caring for men, women and children with HIV/AIDS helps to assess behavioral risk, offer pre- and post-diagnosis counseling, dispel myths and reduce stigma, enhance a fuller understanding of best practice trends, and improve prevention strategies to avoid transmission of the disease and complications associated with disease progression and/or treatment.

Course Format

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Learning Objectives

  • Describe HIV and AIDS.
  • Explain the transmission of HIV.
  • Discuss HIV screening including testing recommendations, behavioral risk assessment interviews, and pre- and post-test counseling.
  • Identify HIV transmission prevention strategies.
  • Recognize HIV testing recommendations and the clinical stages of HIV infection.
  • Describe HIV treatment, treatment planning, and special populations.
  • Recognize social and cultural issues in HIV.

Course Syllabus

Overview of HIV World Disease Spread
            Origin and History of HIV Infection
Types of HIV Infections
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Transmission of HIV
            Sexual Transmission
            Direct Exposure to Infected Blood
            Mother to Child Transmission
            Vulnerable Populations
            Workplace Exposure
Screening as Prevention of HIV
            Testing Recommendations
            Behavioral Risk Assessments Interviews
            Pre-test Counseling
            Post-test Counseling
 HIV Transmission Prevention Strategies
            Sexual Transmission Prevention
            Transmission from Injection Drug Use Prevention
            Mother to Child Transmission Prevention
            Blood Transfusions/Products and Organ/Tissue Donation Prevention
            Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
            Post-Exposure Precautions
            Patient Education as Prevention
            Reporting Test Results as Prevention
Diagnosis of HIV
            Signs and Symptoms
            Diagnostic Testing
            HIV Testing
            Rapid Screening
            Home Testing
Clinical Stages of HIV Infection
Anti-Retroviral Therapy
            Adverse Effects
Treatment Planning
            Newly Diagnosed Patients
            Long Term Care
            Monitoring Treatment
            Case Management
            Palliative Care
Special Populations
            Pregnant Women
            Sexual Assault
Social and Cultural Issues
            Socioeconomic Status
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