HIV / AIDS, Information, 10-15-2011

  • Continuing Medical Education Activity Enduring Material

  • Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is accredited by the Florida Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

  • CME Activity: HIV/AIDS Update
  • Activity Faculty: Vilma Vega, MD
  • Original Activity Date: January 15, 2011
  • Content most recently reviewed and revised: December 15, 2011
  • Content Expires: December 31, 2012
  • Estimated Time to complete this educational activity: One hours

CME Purpose/Objectives:
  • Since the discovery of HIV, scientists have made major inroads in understanding modes of transmission, infectivity, and pathogenicity. Knowledge about the characteristics and behavior of this human retrovirus and its complex mechanisms of immunopathogenesis has helped to develop targeted therapeutic interventions and vaccine strategies. Sophisticated techniques have been and are being developed to diagnose infection, to monitor immune decline, to monitor response to therapy and disease progression, and to accurately detect and diagnose opportunistic diseases.

    Therapeutic alternatives, especially the nucleoside analogue antiretroviral drugs, have been tested, approved, and are providing benefit to many who are HIV-infected. Much has been learned about the complexities of caring for HIV-infected persons, how to keep them disease-free longer, and how to manage their symptoms more effectively. In addition, the development of new knowledge from HIV-related research also has helped to clarify aspects of the human immune response, behavioral interventions, public health strategies, and social and ethical approaches that contribute to the understanding and management of other diseases and health conditions.

    Healthcare professionals will continue to play a major and significant role in preventing the spread of HIV infection and in caring for those who are infected or affected by HIV. As the demographics of HIV infection evolve, both in the United States and around the world, it is clear that all healthcare professionals in all practice settings will be involved to some extent with HIV infection. To be effective and provide compassionate care, adequate and up-to-date information about transmission, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care of HIV-infected individuals must be obtained by all healthcare professionals. They must feel comfortable with this knowledge in order to provide care, educate patients and others, and fulfill their professional obligations without undue fear or anxiety.
  • Educational Objectives: At the conclusion of this activity, the learner should be able to:
  • 1. | Review modes of transmission (including transmission from healthcare worker to patient and patient to healthcare worker)
  • 2. | Describe infection control procedures (including universal precautions)
  • 3. | Summarize epidemiology of the disease and related infections including TB
  • 4. | Discuss Clinical Management and Prevention
  • 5. | Describe current Florida Law on AIDS and its impact on testing, confidentiality of test results and treatment of patients.

It is the policy of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System that CME speakers/authors and content planners disclose pertinent relationships to commercial entities which manufacture products/devices that may be mentioned during CME activity presentations

  • Vilma Vega, MD
  • Has no relevant relationships to disclose

CME Designation Statement:
Sarasota Memorial Hospital designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of two (2) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit tm. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Fee:
You must register for the Program through Terri Levanti, CME Specialist in Medical Staff Services. An annual fee of $50 is required in order to receive CME; this fee includes all enduring material and live activities available through SMHCS’s CME program annually. Cash and checks can be accepted; checks should be made out to the Sarasota Medical Foundation. Terri can be reached at 941-917-5959 or via email at

Instructions for Claiming CME Credit:

  • 1. | View and/or listen to the activity presentation.
  • 2. | Complete evaluation.
  • 3. | Answer all test and evaluation questions; participants must correctly answer at least 70% of the test questions to receive credit.
  • A certificate of credit will be emailed to you at the email address you provided.
  • No grading or issuing of CME is done until the CME fee is received by the CME Specialist.

Bibliographic sources to allow for further study:
See attached pdf document

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Vilma Vega