Course Summary

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) have undergone significant research and there have been recent improvements in disease outcomes. Although it remains a chronic condition without a cure, new treatment guidelines and antiretroviral drugs have provided hope for individuals infected with HIV to live longer. Continuing education for health professionals caring for men, women and children with HIV/AIDS helps to dispel myths and reduce stigma, enhance a fuller understanding of best practice trends, and improve prevention strategies to avoid transmission of the disease and complications associated with disease progression and/or treatment.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • HIV Etiology and Stages of HIV/AIDS
    • Prevalence of HIV
    • HIV Infection
    • Stages of HIV/AIDS
    • Case Study: Staging and Cell Count Testing
  • HIV Transmission
    • Sexual Transmission
    • Blood Transmission
    • Occupational Exposure
    • Mother-to-Infant Transmission
  • Prevention of HIV and AIDS
    • Pre-exposure Prophylaxis
    • HIV Screening
    • Home Screening Tests
  • AIDS and Co-occurring Disorders
    • Cardiovascular Disease
    • Pulmonary Disease
    • Neurological Disease
    • Oral Lesions
    • Liver Disease
    • Hematologic Disease
    • Endocrine Disease
    • Dermatological Disease
    • Neoplastic Disease
    • Genitourinary Disease
    • AIDS-defining Diseases
  • Treatment of AIDS
  • Summary


Noah H. Carpenter, MD

Dr. Noah Carpenter is a Thoracic and Peripheral Vascular Surgeon. He completed his Bachelor of Science in chemistry and medical school and training at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Carpenter completed surgical residency and fellowship at the University of Edmonton and Affiliated Hospitals in Edmonton, Alberta, and an additional Adult Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has specialized in microsurgical techniques, vascular endoscopy, laser and laparoscopic surgery in Brandon, Manitoba and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and in Colorado, Texas, and California. Dr. Carpenter has an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Calgary, and was appointed a Citizen Ambassador to China, and has served as a member of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, the Science Institute of the Northwest Territories, Canada Science Council, and the International Society of Endovascular Surgeons, among others. He has been an inspiration to youth, motivating them to understand the importance of achieving higher education.

Abimbola Farinde, PhD, PharmD

Abimbola Farinde, PhD., PharmD is a healthcare professional and professor who has gained experience in the field and practice of mental health, geriatrics, and  pharmacy. Dr. Farinde has worked with active duty soldiers with dual diagnoses of a traumatic brain injury and a psychiatric disorder providing medication therapy management and disease state management. She has also worked with mentally impaired and developmentally disabled individuals at a state supported living center. Her different practice experiences have allowed her to develop and enhance her professional and clinical skills over the years. Dr. Farinde always strives to maintain a commitment towards achieving professional growth as she transitions from one phase of her career to the next.

Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Dana Bartlett is a professional nurse and author. His clinical experience includes 16 years of ICU and ER experience and over 27 years as a poison control center information specialist. Dana has published numerous CE and journal articles, written NCLEX material, textbook chapters, and more than 100 online CE articles, and done editing and reviewing for publishers such as Elsevier, Lippincott, and Thieme. He has written widely on the subject of toxicology and was a contributing editor, toxicology section, for Critical Care Nurse journal. He is currently employed at the Connecticut Poison Control Center. He lives in Wappingers Falls, NY.

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