For Washington Healthcare Professionals
By Judith Kohnen, RN, CHTP, SC-C, CRM
Contact Hours = 7
Pharmacotherapy Hours = 2
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To provide Washington State healthcare professionals with the necessary information required to care for and educate those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, including the prevention of these infectious diseases. The course syllabus includes six major topics concerning HIV/AIDS: (1) Etiology & Epidemiology; (2) Transmission & Infection Control; (3) Testing & Counseling; (4) Clinical Manifestations & Treatment; (5) Legal & Ethical Issues; and (6) Psychosocial Issues. A seventh section provides resources.
- To define HIV and AIDS and understand the impact of these diseases in Washington State, as well as the whole of the United States and abroad.
- Identify the stages of HIV and discuss its origin.
- Describe the incidences and distribution of HIV and the various ways to control it in a population. Recognize the behaviors that increase the risks of infection and other factors that affect transmission.
- Explain the testing involved to diagnose the disease and the importance in counseling an HIV infected person before and after testing.
- Gain knowledge about occupational exposures to blood-borne pathogens and the risks and actions to prevent them.
- Compare the differences between HIV, AIDS, HBV & HCV and the increased effects when combined with Tuberculosis and/or sexually transmitted diseases.
- Describe the legal reporting requirements and the ethical issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.
- Understand the personal impact for those suffering with HIV/AIDS and the special populations that may require extra care.