HIV/AIDS and Public Health Issues
Duration: 2 Hours
This course does exactly what it says, that is, it updates our information on the immunology and pathogenesis of HIV/AIDS.
The course covers the mandatory objectives required for license renewal: epidemiology, prevention, transmission and signs and symptoms. The rise in the incidence of gonorrhea after a drop in the 1980's raises concern that AIDS (after a significant drop) may be increasing. The CDC now recommends screening HIV-positive patients for tuberculosis and syphilis which have the potential to spread to the immunocompetent population.
Combination antiretroviral therapy is the standard of care at this time, though varying approaches to initiating therapy are suggested. This recent introduction of combination therapy has led to a significant decrease in AIDS deaths in the late 1990's. Health professionals can now offer patients real hope in inhibiting immune destruction until a cure is found.
A detailed appendix follows the text, listing AIDS associated diseases, drugs and their interactions, recommendations for antiretroviral combination therapy, and prophylaxis for health care workers who are exposed occupationally. The appendix is designed to be used as a ready reference when decisions concerning AIDS must be made in clinical situations.