Current Issues in HIV: Successes, Challenges and Epidemic Trends
The first benchmark along the continuum of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) care is diagnosis. At the time of HIV diagnosis, patients should be evaluated to assess the stage of the disease and establish a baseline to help determine management plans and goals. Timely linkage to care following diagnosis is the next step, and the more quickly newly diagnosed individuals enter HIV care, the better their health outcomes. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) may be initiated more promptly, with a subsequent reduction in viral load, which leads to improved health outcomes and a reduction in HIV transmission. To achieve optimal clinical outcomes and to realize the potential public health benefit of treatment as prevention, attention to each step in the treatment cascade is critical. Given the many available assessment strategies and interventions, the challenge for the treatment team is to select the techniques that best fit each patient and patient population. This session will discuss how interdisciplinary teams of health care providers can address the timeliness of treatment and encourage adherence to ART, including programs in place through local and state health departments.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- Explore the concern that, although treatment approaches continue to evolve, HIV continues to represent a significant public health issue
- Describe barriers to care among different patient populations, including marginalized patients and older adults
- State ways in which interdisciplinary teams of health care providers can improve the timeliness of treatment and encourage adherence to ART, including programs in place through local and state health departments
- Identify important research being performed by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), focusing on the continuum of care for individuals diagnosed with HIV
Timothy Schacker, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine
Director, Program in HIV Medicine
Director, Clinical and Translational Research Services
Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI);
University of Minnesota
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Dr Schacker has disclosed the following: Merck (Grant/Research Support).
Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA
Sarah Chart, RN
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Eden Prairie, MN
Dixon B. Kaufman, MD, PhD, FACS
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
C. Fred LeMaistre, MD
Tina Rydland, PharmD
Crystal Clear Rx
V. Silverstein, MD
Eagle Creek Medical Communications
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians and other health care professionals who are interested in HIV.
This activity consists of recorded presentations from the "25th Annual National Conference" held in Minneapolis, MN on October 5–7, 2016.
- 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacist
- 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacy Technician
- 0.75 AMA
- 0.75 ANCC
- 0.75 Attendance
- 0.75 CCMC - General