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Course Overview

Morgan Curry

Author: Sarah Schulze

This course fulfills the continuing education requirement for the District of Columbia on HIV/AIDS. 

An estimated 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV. As many as 1 in 7 of them do not even know they are infected. The others utilize the healthcare system in a variety of ways, from testing and treatment regimens to hospitalizations for symptoms and opportunistic infections. Healthcare professionals in nearly every setting have the potential to encounter patients with HIV as the disease can affect patients of any age or stage of life (4). Proper understanding of HIV is important to provide highquality and holistic care to these patients.  

Course Outline


  1. Introduction and Objectives  
  2. Epidemiology 
  3. Etiology and Pathogenesis 
  4. Transmissibility and Infection Control  
  5. Treatment Considerations 
  6. Care Considerations for Comorbidities and Coinfections  
  7. Ethical Concerns 
  8. Conclusion 
  9. References 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss HIV/AIDS. It will take the average learner 180 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Have an increased understanding of the history of HIV and how the stigma around the disease developed and is being combated today. 
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of how a person is infected with HIV and the various stages of the disease. 
  3. Demonstrate understanding of transmission modalities and appropriate infection control measures. 
  4. Have a basic knowledge of treatment approaches, common side effects, and barriers to proper treatment. 
  5. Understand comorbidities and coinfections common with HIV. 
  6. Understand ethical issues and confidentiality surrounding the care of HIV patients. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: March 24, 2021

Course Renewed on: March 22, 2024

Course Expires on: March 22, 2027

Course Offering: 43