HIV/AIDS and Florida Prevention Programs

Pharmacist CEU
Contact Hours: 1.0 (0.1 CEUs)

Course Summary

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV can significantly depress immune system function, leading progressively to AIDS. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has reduced the morbidity and mortality associated with HIV-1 infection and AIDS, enabling HIV-infected individuals to live longer and have an improved quality of life. Advancements in ART have allowed many patients with HIV to achieve viral suppression. Nevertheless, HIV and AIDS are still serious health problems requiring federal and state resources. The Omnibus AIDS Act, Florida, as amended, guides and mandates Florida healthcare clinicians in the areas of screening, diagnosing, and reporting HIV/AIDS under A Brief Legal Guide For Health Care Professionals. Florida law reflects existing recommendations by the CDC and other national organizations concerned with HIV testing and methods to avoid disease transmission through voluntary testing.

Course Objectives

Identify how HIV/AIDS is transmitted

Identify methods of prevention and precaution for HIV/AIDS transmission

Describe the types of co-occurring disorders that may be seen in patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS

Describe the State of Florida law on HIV/AIDS and its impact on testing, including the offering of HIV testing to pregnant women

Describe the State of Florida law on reporting HIV/AIDS and partner notification

I. Introduction

II. Etiology and Prevalence of HIV/AIDS

III. Types and Stages of HIV Infection

1. HIV-1 and HIV-2
2. Stages of HIV Infection
3. The Acute HIV Infection Stage
4. The Chronic HIV Infection Stage

IV. HIV Transmission and Prevention

1. Sexual Transmission
2. Blood Transfusion Transmission
3. Needle Sharing
4. Occupational Exposure
5. Possible Exposure risks for Pharmacists and Technicians
6. SHEA Guidelines and the HIV-infected Healthcare Worker
7. Healthcare Worker to Patient HIV Transmission
8. Mother-to-Infant Transmission

V. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, ART and Other Preventions

1. Pre-exposure Prophylaxis
2. Case Study: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

VI. HIV Screening

1. Blood Test for Antibodies to HIV and HIV Antigen
2. Home Screening Tests

VII. AIDS and Co-occurring Disorders

1. Cardiovascular Disease
2. Pulmonary Disease
3. Neurological Disease
4. Oral Lesions
5. Liver Disease
6. Hematologic Disease
7. Endocrine Disease
8. Dermatological Disease
9. Neoplastic Disease
10. Genitourinary Disease
11. AIDS-defining Diseases

VIII. Brief Overview of Antiretroviral Therapy

IX. State Regulations for HIV/AIDS Testing

X. Summary

How to Earn Credit:
To earn credit for this course, participants must:
  1. Read the course objectives and faculty planner disclosure
  2. Read the course material
  3. Complete the post-test with a minimum score of 70% and complete the course evaluation form.
  4. Results are automatically submitted to CPE Monitor

Faculty Planner Disclosure

The following individuals were involved in developing this activity: Jeff Goldberg, PharmD, BCPP, and Pamela Sardo, PharmD, BS. Pamela Sardo was an employee of Rhythm Pharmaceuticals until March 2022 and has no conflicts of interest or relationships regarding the subject matter discussed. There are no financial relationships relevant to this activity to report or disclose by any of the individuals involved in the development of this activity.

Unlabeled Use Disclosures

The information provided in this course is general in nature and it is solely designed to provide participants with continuing education credit(s). This course and materials are not meant to substitute for the independent, professional judgment of any participant regarding that participant’s professional practice, including but not limited to patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and/or health management. Medical and pharmacy practices, rules, and laws vary from state to state, and this course does not cover the laws of each state; therefore, participants must consult the laws of their state as they relate to their professional practice. Healthcare professionals, including pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, must consult with their employer, healthcare facility, hospital, or other organization, for guidelines, protocols, and procedures they are to follow. The information provided in this course does not replace those guidelines, protocols, and procedures but is for academic purposes only, and this course’s limited purpose is for the completion of continuing education credits. Participants are advised and acknowledge that information related to medications, their administration, dosing, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, warnings, precautions, or accepted uses are constantly changing, and any person taking this course understands that such person must make an independent review of medication information prior to any patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and/or health management. Any discussion of off-label use of any medication, device, or procedure is informational only and such uses are not endorsed hereby. Nothing contained in this course represents the opinions, views, judgments, or conclusions of LLC. LLC is not liable or responsible to any person for any inaccuracy, error, or omission with respect to this course, or course material.

Computer Hardware/Software Requirements

Please ensure the device you plan to use meets these requirements and specifications:

  • Operating System: Windows 7,8,10, or 11 /Mac OS X 10.9 or later/iOS/Android
  • Supported Browsers: Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera
  • A connection to the internet
  • For Live Webinars or Conferences: GoToWebinar application for iOS, Android, Mac, or PC. You cannot 'call into' a live conference.

  • Target Audience: Pharmacist
  • Contact Hours: 1.0 (0.1 CEUs)
  • Activity Release Date: 9/1/2023
  • Activity Expiration Date: 9/1/2026
  • Activity Type: Knowledge
  • UAN: 0669-0000-23-134-H02-P
  • Topic: HIV/AIDS Therapy
  • CeBroker Number: 20-1100084


Jeff Goldberg, PharmD, BCPP



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