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  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
Hours: 1 Contact Hour
Author(s): Eileen S. O'Neill, PhD, RN
Peer Reviewer(s): Sharon Valenti, MSN, ACNP-BC, ACCRN, AAHIVS
Item#: C6529
Content: 1 Course Book (56 pages)

HIV/AIDS: A 1-Hour Overview, Updated 1st Edition

Price $9.95
Item # C6529
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Expiration Date: December 31, 2018

This brief intermediate-level course focuses on the HIV/AIDS illness from a medical perspective. It describes current trends in HIV/AIDS in the United States and the medical treatment of HIV/AIDS. The course describes how HIV is transmitted from one person to another including: through sexual contact, the sharing of drug use equipment, from mother to child, and occupational exposure. Risk considerations and ways to prevent or reduce the likelihood of transmission via these routes are also presented so that readers are better able to provide psychoeducation on this topic. 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: Medical Treatment, Transmission, & Prevention.

Course Objectives

  • Describe current trends in HIV and AIDS in the United States.
  • Describe the medical treatment of HIV and AIDS.
  • List strategies for preventing HIV transmission.
  • Describe the role of healthcare providers in working with individuals who have 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.

Sharon Valenti, MSN, ACNP-BC, ACCRN, AAHIVS, received her master of science degree in nursing from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and adult/acute care nurse practitioner training from the University of Michigan. In September of 2000, she assumed the position of a nurse practitioner in HIV/AIDS care through the Ryan White Program at St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Ms. Valenti is certified in HIV care through the American Academy of HIV Medicine and through the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care as an advanced AIDS care RN. During her 15-year career as an HIV/AIDS nurse practitioner, Ms. Valenti has worked in both the clinical care of HIV patients and in HIV research at St. John Hospital and Medical Center. She has received several awards for her accomplishments in HIV/AIDS care. Ms. Valenti has taught HIV/AIDS care and prevention to nursing faculty throughout Tanzania. She has served as conference chair for numerous professional and community educational events and has published articles on HIV testing in primary care clinics.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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.
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  • 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.