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This intermediate-level course focuses on the HIV/AIDS illness from a medical perspective. It describes in detail the way HIV replicates itself in the body, early manifestations, and the progression from HIV to AIDS. Close attention is paid to the history of antiretroviral medications and the current drug regimens for treating HIV and AIDS. The goals of antiretroviral therapy are presented and professional responses to concerns about non-adherence to medical regimens are discussed. The course describes how HIV is transmitted from one person to another including from mother to child and through occupational exposure, sexual contact, and the sharing of drug use equipment. Ways to prevent or reduce the likelihood of transmission via these routes are also described. Technical terms are used throughout the text and a glossary is provided. Brief attention is paid to psychosocial, legal, and ethical issues related to working with people who have HIV or AIDS by providing basic information on recognizing psychosocial responses, promoting coping, and understanding ethical obligations; however, this course is not intended to provide advanced information on the mental health counseling of people with HIV or AIDS. This course is useful for behavioral health professionals in medical and other settings who seek to increase their medical knowledge about the HIV/AIDS illness, who work with individuals who have HIV or AIDS, or who are in positions to educate others about HIV/AIDS illness, transmission, and prevention.
Note: This course should not be taken in conjunction with HIV/AIDS: A 1-Hour Overview.
- Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical SW Practice, 2 credits. Accreditaitons
- Counselors - Course does not qualify for NBCC credit.
- Describe current trends in HIV and AIDS in the United States.
- Explain the basic pathophysiology and disease progression of HIV.
- Describe the medical treatment of HIV and AIDS.
- List transmission risk factors and strategies for preventing HIV transmission.
- Describe the role of healthcare providers in working with individuals who have HIV and AIDS.
- Identify psychosocial responses and coping strategies for individuals diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.
- Recognize the ethical and legal considerations involved in working with individuals who have HIV and AIDS.
Eileen S. O’Neill, PhD, RN, is professor emeritus at the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Her areas of expertise are pathophysiology, advanced practice nursing, and nursing inquiry. Her clinical practice area is care of the adult patient. Dr. O’Neill’s research program centers on clinical and patient decision making, including the role of technology in improving patient care. She has been published in several leading nursing journals.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.