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Biology of Infection and Immune Disease in HIV-AIDS

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 3.5 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 27029 reviews

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 and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome has been decreasing in the United States. With proper diagnosis and treatment, people can live symptom-free for a significant length of time. Advances in testing and treatment options have improved the care and management of those individuals diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus. Comprehensive prevention strategies and education for healthcare clinicians and patients important to help reduce the spread of the disease is discussed.

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Course Syllabus

I.      Introduction
II.      Overview of HIV Worldwide Disease Spread
1.        Origin and History of HIV Infection
2.        Epidemiology of HIV
III.      Types of HIV Infections
IV.      Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
V.       Transmission of HIV
1.        Direct Exposure to Infected Blood
2.        Mother to Child Transmission
3.        Vulnerable Populations
4.        Co-Infection
5.        Workplace Exposure
VI.      Prevention of HIV
1.        Sexual Abstinence
2.        Monogamy
3.        Condom Use
4.        Non-Penetrative Sexual Activity
5.        Injection Drug Use
6.        Mother to Child
7.        Blood Transfusions/Products and Organ/Tissue Donation
8.        Healthcare Workers
9.        Post-Exposure Precautions
10.      Vaccine
11.      Diagnosis of HIV
12.      Signs and Symptoms
13.      Diagnostic Testing
14.      HIV Testing
15.     Rapid Screening
16.     Home Testing
17.     Reporting Test Result
VII.      Clinical Stages of HIV Infection
VIII.     Case Study: Female Diagnosed with AIDS
IX.       Summary


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