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Overview of HIV

HIV is one of the most important health threats of our time. It has killed millions of people in the United States and worldwide.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over one million people are living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, and that one in five is unaware of his or her infection.

Therefore, all healthcare professionals need a basic understanding of the virus and the disease it causes: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

This course will teach you the basics about HIV and AIDS.

You will learn:

  • The relationship between HIV and AIDS
  • How HIV is spread
  • How HIV infection is diagnosed
  • How HIV infection can be prevented and treated

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the difference between HIV infection and AIDS in patients.
  • Recognize the transmission routes of HIV in patients.
  • Identify tests used to diagnose and monitor the progress of HIV infection in patients.
  • Cite strategies for preventing the spread of HIV and the treatment of infections in patients.