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Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of HIV/AIDS

Almost 1 in 5 people infected with HIV are unaware of their infection. They can spread HIV to others. Studies have shown that many HIV-infected people decrease their high-risk behaviors (e.g., unprotected sex, multiple sex partners, sharing injection-drug needles/syringes) once they are aware of their HIV-infection status. In spite of efforts to contain this epidemic, HIV continues to spread. As a nurse/healthcare worker, you are at risk as well. This course has been designed to help you do your part in slowing the spread of HIV infection, by providing you with essential background information on HIV testing options and reporting requirements, treatment of HIV and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the importance of HIV testing.
  • Specify HIV testing options and reporting.
  • Discuss best practices for reducing the risk of HIV exposure and infection, both within and outside the healthcare setting.