HIV Management A Florida Board-Approved CE Activity- Pharmacist

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This CE activity is approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy and meets the HIV CE requirement for licensure in Florida. Thirty-three years after the first case of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was reported, approximately 35 million persons worldwide are living with HIV infection, of which 25 million live in sub-Saharan Africa. In the U.S., an estimated 1.2 million persons are living with HIV/AIDS. The number of new infections reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year has remained fairly stable since the mid-1990s, with about 50,000 infections reported per year. Drug therapy for HIV infection is complex and evolving. In developed countries, there have been substantial advances in antiretroviral (ARV) therapy for HIV, which have improved survival and the quality of life for infected individuals. Potent ARV agents now allow the majority of highly treatment-experienced persons, who have failed multiple regimens, to achieve virus suppression and survival benefits similar to those of treatment-naïve persons. Between 2004 and 2009, the availability of ARV therapy reduced disease progression and death by 19%, allowing HIV to be managed as a chronic disease rather than a death sentence. Survival rates on ARV therapy are excellent, but lifespans are not normal compared to uninfected persons. Life expectancy is shortened by about 10 years due to the effects of "HIV aging," which results from persistent viral inflammation. About 50% of deaths are now due to non-HIV related illnesses, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, and other diseases associated with aging. This article will review the modes of HIV transmission, prevention of HIV including pre- and postexposure prophylaxis, and infection control precautions. Key ARV therapy principles are highlighted, and recommendations for general HIV care by are discussed.

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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
    Knowledge
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 0428-0000-14-011-H02-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.