HIV/AIDS: Epidemic Update

Since the discovery of HIV, scientists have made major inroads in understanding modes of transmission, infectivity, and pathogenicity. Knowledge about the characteristics and behavior of this human retrovirus and its complex mechanisms of immunopathogenesis has helped to develop targeted therapeutic interventions and vaccine strategies. Sophisticated techniques have been and are being developed to diagnose infection, to monitor immune decline, to monitor response to therapy and disease progression, and to accurately detect and diagnose opportunistic diseases. As the demographics of HIV infection evolve, both in the United States and around the world, it is clear that all healthcare professionals in all practice settings will be involved to some extent with HIV infection. To be effective and provide compassionate care, adequate and up-to-date information about transmission, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care of HIV-infected individuals should be obtained by all healthcare professionals.

HIV infection is now endemic in the United States and throughout much of the world, and HIV/AIDS has become less about cure and more about management and control. As with most chronic diseases, treatment protocols and management strategies change over time. The purpose of this course is to provide a basic, practical review and update of knowledge concerning HIV/AIDS, addressing the key issues that impact clinical care and public health practice.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the background and significance of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
  2. Outline the viral pathogenesis and disease course of HIV.
  3. Utilize knowledge of HIV transmission and risk behaviors to effectively counsel patients who have the infection and others who are at risk of exposure.
  4. Describe the natural history, clinical characteristics, and stages of chronic HIV infection and disease progression.
  5. Identify and devise the appropriate antiretroviral treatment regimen and follow-up for a given patient, in consultation with an infectious disease specialist.
  6. Anticipate and assess the variations in the clinical presentation, treatment, and preventive aspects of HIV infection in women, children, and the elderly.
  7. Discuss effective and emerging approaches to HIV/AIDS prevention.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 5.00 ANCC
  • 5.00 Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Available Credit

  • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 5.00 ANCC
  • 5.00 Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)


Please login or register to take this course.

This course is offered through NetCE.

To take this course you will be redirected to NetCE website. You must login or create an account with NetCE in order to complete this activity. 

Mocingbird works to provide curated, high quality content to our users. Have a suggestion? Want to partner with us? Get in touch