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HIV/AIDS Education for Healthcare Professionals

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the incidence of HIV/AIDs, as well as describe symptoms, transmission methods, prevention strategies, testing, counseling, and treatment options available for individuals with HIV/AIDs.
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Since they were first described in 1981, more than a quarter of a century ago, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) remain a persistent and widespread threat to the health, well-being, and human potential of individuals in the United States and across the globe. Causing fear, guilt, and accusations, weakening the immune system and potentially leading to numerous infections, cancers, or death, HIV and AIDS remain international health issues. They require that healthcare providers be knowledgeable about the complex clinical aspects of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, as well as address ethical, cultural, and empowerment issues, and implement evolving infection control guidelines.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the basic epidemiological and medical information about HIV/AIDS.
  • Identify risk behaviors that contribute to the transmission of HIV/AIDS.
  • Relate the stages of HIV/AIDS (including oral manifestations) to the diseases and conditions they can cause.
  • Describe opportunistic diseases that define HIV/AIDS.
  • Explain the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Opt-Out Testing Recommendations.
  • Explain methods of HIV transmission and strategies for prevention.
  • Explain how to effectively use a male and female condom.
  • Describe current recognized methods of testing.
  • Describe current recognized methods of treatment.
  • Summarize the elements of effective HIV management in the workplace, including postexposure management.
  • Explain the professional, ethical, and legal standards that apply to a caregiver of an individual with HIV/AIDS.
  • Appraise the appropriate behaviors and attitudes of caregivers toward persons living with HIV/AIDS.

It all began in 1981 with a small communication that had been printed in the publication by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The communication stated that during the 8-month period of October 1980 through May 1981, a group of five young, previously healthy, homosexual men had been treated for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP). All five men also had previous or current cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and candidal mucosal infections. Two of the patients died. The type of pneumonia with which these young men were infected had, prior to their diagnosis, been found almost exclusively in severely immunosuppressed patients (CDC, 1981). In addition, a rare and relatively benign form of cancer, Kaposi’s sarcoma, had shown up in an aggressive form in young, gay men in New York (Hymes, et al., 1981; Van Dyk, 2008). These findings were considered to be highly unusual.

This communication detailed the beginnings of what would eventually become known as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)—one of the most challenging and frightening infectious diseases of the 20th century.

The CDC (1982) formed a task force to investigate these cases, and by early 1982, cases were being reported from other American metropolitan areas, Europe, the Caribbean, and Central Africa. By 1983, scientists in France and the United States discovered the causative virus and health officials identified high risk behaviors that caused a prodromal illness, a period of infectivity, and finally the late-stage illness— AIDS. Dr. Luc Montagnier (in France) is credited with first isolating the virus and Dr. Robert Gallo (in the United States) is credited with first propagating it in a cell culture. Dr. Gallo was the first person to develop the critical diagnostic tests for HIV (Van Dyk, 2008).

Many important events contributed to the discovery of, and clinical options for, HIV/AIDS. A timeline of some of the many significant events related to HIV/AIDS is presented below (AVERT, 2017c).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

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  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
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  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Course Expires:

September 03, 2021

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

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Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.