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Despite enormous advancements in research and treatment over the last 30 years, HIV remains one of the world’s most serious health and development challenges. To put that into perspective, there were approximately 35 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS in 2013 and, in that same year, 47,352 HIV diagnoses were made in the United States alone. This course provides basic information about HIV and AIDS with a focus on transmission, disease progression, risk reduction, prevention and the impact of the disease on health care workers. This course can serve as an introductory training for anyone with a professional or personal interest in HIV and AIDS, including the general public and a variety of providers.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
-Define HIV and AIDS, and understand the difference between the two
-Examine the prevalence of HIV and AIDS in the United States and around the world
-Discuss the history of HIV and AIDS
-Identify the modes of transmission and behaviors that put you at risk for contracting HIV
-Summarize how health care workers are impacted
-Identify who should get tested for HIV and when
-Discuss the various HIV treatment options
-Outline ways to prevent the spread of HIV