HIV and AIDS Training Courses for Health Professionals

HIV/AIDS Continuing Education Courses and Resources

Nationally accredited for nurses, nurse practitioners, and occupational therapy professionals. Approved by the New York and California boards of physical therapy.

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Courses

 

Washington State: HIV/AIDS, 7 units

Fulfills the Washington State 7-hour training requirement for healthcare professionals in Washington. Go to course

  1. HIV Etiology and epidemiology
  2. Transmission precautions and infection control
  3. Testing and counseling
  4. Clinical manifestations and treatment options
  5. Legal and Ethical Issues
  6. Psychosocial issues
 

Washington State: HIV/AIDS, 4 units

Fulfills the Washington State 4 hour training requirement for healthcare professionals and other workers in Washington. Go to course

  1. HIV etiology and epidemiology
  2. Transmission precautions and infection control
  3. Clinical manifestations and treatment
  4. Psychosocial issue
 

Bloodborne Pathogens: HBV, HCV, and HIV

Review of precautions that address the transmission of pathogens in healthcare settings. Includes safe handling of sharps, use of PPE, and decontamination of work areas, plus importance of hepatitis B vaccination for workers. This course meets the educational requirements for federal OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard training. Go to course

  1. The hazards of bloodborne pathogens
  2. Bloodborne pathogens in the workplace
  3. Engineering controls and the safe handling of sharps
  4. Universal and Standard Precautions and other work practice controls
  5. Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  6. Hazardous signs and labels
  7. OSHA requirements for housekeeping, regulated waste, soiled laundry, and vaccination against hepatitis B
  8. Reporting an exposure incident 
 

Florida: HIV, 1 unit

Brief overview of HIV infection, its cause and mechanism, plus modes of transmission and infection control procedures. Presents the basic components of HIV antibody testing and confirmation and includes clinical management of HIV patients. Summarizes the main components of the Florida Omnibus AIDS Act. Approved by the Florida Board of Nursing for healthcare professionals in Florida. Go to course

 

Florida: HIV, 3 units

Comprehensive discussion of HIV and AIDS in Florida, including the cause and mechanism of HIV infection, basic components of HIV antibody testing and confirmation, and initial evaluation and clinical management of HIV patients. Approved by the Florida Board of Nursing for healthcare professionals in Florida. Go to course

 

HIV in America

Nationally accredited for nurses, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, and occupational therapy assistants. Approved by the NY and CA boards of physical therapy for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants. Go to course

  1. Describe the etiology and epidemiology of HIV and AIDS in the United States
  2. Identify transmission and precautions for prevention
  3. Characterize the main clinical manifestations and treatment options for HIV/AIDS.
  4. Discuss testing and counseling requirements for HIV-infected
  5. Outline legal and ethical issues associated with HIV.
  6. Describe the main psychosocial issues facing infected people and their caregivers.   

Current Issues

 

Ward 86 Recommendations for the Management of Antiretroviral Drug Interactions

Interactions between antiretroviral (ARV) medications and other drugs are common and can have clinically significant effects. This topic focuses on interactions involving ARV drugs that are most commonly used as part of initial ARV regimens in countries that do not have restricted formularies. The interactions between ARVs and rifampin, rifabutin, or warfarin are each complex enough that they are discussed separately below. A reliable software program such as Epocrates, Lexi-Interact, or Micromedex should be used to check all potential interactions with concomitant medications. Potential drug-drug interactions should be discussed with a clinical pharmacist if one is available. Another resource is the UCSF Clinician Consultation Center--questions about ARV drug interactions can be submitted online or by telephone (800-933-3413). Read more

From: HIV InSite, UCSF, March, 2016.

 

Knowledge, Attitudes, and Acceptability of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis among Individuals Living with HIV in an Urban HIV Clinic

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an effective tool to reduce HIV transmission. The primary objective of this study was to assess awareness of PrEP by individuals living with HIV (HIV+) and acceptance of its use for their HIV negative (HIV-) partners. This study illustrates a low awareness of PrEP but once educated the willingness of a cohort of individuals living with HIV to recommend PrEP to their partners. Our findings demonstrate the importance of providers informing their patients living with HIV about PrEP, as these persons are an underutilized link to support the uptake of PrEP by their HIV- partners. Read more

From: PLoS One, February 10, 2016.

 

Impulsivity, Sensation Seeking, and Risk-Taking Behaviors among HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative Heroin Dependent Persons

Impulsive behavior is defined as behavior that is performed with little or inadequate forethought and may lead to the performance of risky activities. The possible predisposing role of impulsivity and sensation seeking has been previously addressed in the acquisition of HIV infection worldwide. On the other hand, psychological disorders and stigma in most of the People Living with HIV may lead to an increased rate of practicing impulsive and risky behaviors, that is, using nonsterile injection equipment and unprotected sexual activities. Thus, the role of impulsive behavior is further highlighted with regard to the transmission of HIV infection from key populations at higher risk to the general population, especially in countries with concentrated epidemic. Read more

From: AIDS Research and Treatment, January 31, 2016.

Resources

 

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