Core Skills for HIV Management in the Primary Care Setting
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The CDC estimates that 1,107,700 persons aged 13 years and older are living with HIV infection, including 166,000 (15%) who are unaware of their infection.1 Over the past …
The CDC estimates that 1,107,700 persons aged 13 years and older are living with HIV infection, including 166,000 (15%) who are unaware of their infection.1 Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased, while the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable. However, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM), particularly young black/African American MSM, are most seriously affected by HIV. By race, blacks/African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV. According to the CDC, during a lifetime, risk of HIV infection overall is 1 in 99, for Black MSM is 1 in 2, and for Latino MSM is 1 in 4.2,3Current guidelines recommend screening all patients aged 15 to 65 for HIV. And it is now recommended that all patients with HIV receive antiretroviral therapy. In this activity you will learn how to how to effectively screen patients for HIV, manage initial considerations in HIV therapy, and gain a better understanding of the recommended guidelines for treating and managing HIV-infected patients.Module 2 of HealthHIV’s HIV Primary Care Training and Certificate Program is designed to provide primary care providers and staff a sound overview of best practices regarding the identification and overall management of HIV infection. This activity will present two patients, one with acute infection and one with chronic infection that has not been diagnosed.As a learner, you will have the opportunity to assess the clinical situation, using the initial chart information provided, and participate in a discussion with clinical experts to determine the key issues in each case._____________________________________References1. CDC. HIV in the United States: At A Glance. https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/…. 2. CDC. Lifetime Risk of HIV Diagnosis. http://www.cdc.gov/nchhs…. CDC. 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.http://www.cd….
After completing this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:Identify appropriate patients and methods to screen for HIVDescribe methods to assess patients' willingness and readiness to begin antiretroviral therapyReview considerations in selecting initial antiretroviral therapyDiscuss methods to assess and promote adherence to antiretroviral therapy
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