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7 Hour HIV/AIDS: Part 4

2hours 0.2CEUs

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$35 7-Hour HIV/AIDS See Details  


Discusses clinical manifestations and treatment. Designed for most licensed healthcare providers.

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7 Hour HIV/AIDS: Part 4

6th and 7th Hour

Table of Contents

1. Clinical Manifestations

       a. Natural History of HIV Infection
            – Stages
       b. HIV Surveillance Case Definition
       c. HIV Classification
       d. HIV in the Body

2. Treatment

       a. New Drug Therapies
       b. Other Diseases and HIV


Chapter 1: Clinical Manifestations

a. Natural History of HIV Infection

Currently, untreated HIV infection averages 10-12 years from infection to death.  The natural history has been altered dramatically in countries where new treatments are being used.

Separate conditions that can alter the course of the disease are known as cofactors.  Cofactors that can increase the rate of progression of AIDS include:

  • Age
  • Genetic factors
  • Behavioral factors (e.g. drug use, smoking, nutrition),
  • Co-infections (e.g. hepatitis C).

Let's review the clinical stages of HIV. A person with untreated HIV infection experiences the following progression: 

  • Stage 1
    • Viral transmission
    • Primary HIV infection
    • Seroconversion
  • Stage 2: Asymptomatic HIV infection
  • Stage 3: Symptomatic HIV infection
  • Stage 4: AIDS
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Learning Outcomes

When you finish this class you should be able to:

  1. Describe the three stages.
  2. Define the one factor involve in the adult surveillance case definition for AIDS
  3. Identify the unique clinical issues for women and children with AIDS
  4. Discuss the significance of HAART
  5. List primary co-infections and describe their significance
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