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Pathology and Epidemiology of HIV (CE)

The first cases of AIDS were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1981. Since that time, HIV/AIDS has emerged as one of the single most significant health threats of our time, claiming the lives of over 617,000 people in the United States (as of the end of 2008) and over 25 million people worldwide. This course has been designed to help nurses and staff do their part in slowing the spread of HIV infection, by providing you with essential background information on the biology and pathology of HIV as well as the risk factors for HIV infection.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education activity, you should be able to:

  • Cite the relationships among HIV, CD4 cells, and the immune system as they relate to disease pathology.
  • Specify how HIV is transmitted, including high-risk behaviors associated with HIV transmission.
  • Cite populations at increased risk for HIV infection.
  • Identify the importance of cultural competence when it comes to treating and preventing HIV infection.