HIV/AIDS - Diagnosis and Early Stages

HIV/AIDS - Diagnosis and Early Stages 

This course follows Manuel as he goes through the HIV/AIDS diagnosis process. Through Manuel's appointments and interactions with the hospital staff, you are given a close look at the early stages of HIV/AIDS.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)


Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO1933261

Oregon Department of Human Services


This course is approved as continuing education by the Oregon Department of Human Services in accordance with state regulation 411-057-0140 for Assisted Living Administrators, Residential Care facility Administrators and Memory Care Communities within the State of Oregon. This activity is approved by Oregon Department of Human Services for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-DES
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2024
Learning Objectives:
Understand how HIV/AIDS works in the human body.
Identify the symptoms of HIV/AIDS.
Discuss the testing involved and review reporting requirements as they relate to HIV/AIDS.
Discuss the importance of confidentiality as it relates to clients with HIV/AIDS.
Identify risky behaviors and specific populations that are a high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.
List infection control practices that can minimize the chances of HIV/AIDS infection.

I) Introduction to HIV/AIDS: Diagnosis and Early Stages A) Course Description i) Checkpoint ii) Course objectives B) HIV/AIDS Overview i) HIV/AIDS terminology ii) HIV in the body iii) Positive antibody test iv) Stages v) Facts about HIV/AIDS vi) Case Scenario: Introduction to Manuel, who sees his doctor for flu symptoms and is tested for HIV because of risk factors II) HIV Testing, Counseling and Reporting A) Legal reporting requirements i) Engage: Testing and reporting HIV B) HIV Counseling i) Receiving a negative test result (a) Case Scenario: Manuel receives a negative HIV test result and receives counseling on ways to avoid transmitting or acquiring HIV ii) Counseling when the diagnosis is positive (a) What counseling should include iii) Confidentiality (a) Written authorization (b) Limits of confidentiality (c) Breach of confidentiality iv) Discrimination and ethical issues (a) Employer responsibility for reasonable accommodation C) Checkpoint One: Multiple choice questions III) Transmission of HIV A) Counseling: Explaining the risks and methods of transmission B) Review of routes for HIV transmission C) Transmission requirements i) Viral load: strong and infectious D) HIV risk factors i) Specific risks ii) Exposure during early infection iii) Risk-taking behaviors and state-required testing E) Ways HIV is not transmitted - casual contact F) Chain of Infection i) Terminology G) Protection from transmission i) How to protect yourself H) Checkpoint Two: HIV transmission routes – “Yes/No” questions IV) Standard Infection Control Procedures A) What are infection control practices? B) The importance of infection control practices V) Living with HIV/AIDS A) Case Scenario: Manuel learns he has HIV and begins to consider the illness and treatment options. B) HIV in the Body i) How HIV attacks body systems and causes changes ii) Disease progression (a) Case Scenario: Manuel’s doctor tells him he could live 10-12 years without treatment; with treatment he could live much longer. (b) How does HIV become AIDS? (c) When is AIDS diagnosed? C) Treatment of HIV/AIDS i) Antiretroviral medication treatment (a) Case Scenario: Manuel learns about antiretroviral treatment. (b) Antiretroviral medications: costs, dosing, and effects D) Checkpoint three: multiple choice and true/false questions VI) Workplace HIV Transmission A) Caring for a person with HIV/AIDS i) Case Scenario: Manuel’s doctor alerts his staff to Manuel’s HIV-positive status B) Exposure in the Workplace i) HIV awareness ii) How a person may be exposed in the workplace iii) Preventing exposure iv) Other possible infectious materials v) Accidental exposure vi) Medical evaluation vii) Post-exposure prophylaxis viii) Follow-up HIV testing VII) Course summary and conclusion

Instructor: Sharon K. Brothers, MSW
Sharon Brothers, MSW, has an advanced degree in social work and over 30 years' experience as an owner, operator and educator in senior care. She has been a developer, owner and operator of dementia care assisted living communities and has deep expertise as an educator for all levels of staff within the care profession. Sharon is currently the founder and CEO of the Institute for Professional Care Education and is a national speaker and advocate for quality education within senior care. Disclosure: Sharon K. Brothers, MSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Catherine Zimmerman, LICSW, ACHP-SW, CSW-G
Catherine Zimmerman is a licensed independent clinical social worker who has a private practice providing counseling services to people of all ages and all stages of their lives. She is a freelance healthcare writer and speaker specializing in mental health, ethics, hospice and palliative care, gerontological topics, substance misuse, caregiving, stress and trauma.  Zimmerman received her master's degree from Portland State University thirty years ago and is certified in clinical social work-Gerontology. Zimmerman supervises and mentors therapists seeking licensure in Oregon or Washington states. She is the current President of the Washington chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and has provided public presentations on over twenty topics and has numerous published works. Disclosure: Catherine Zimmerman, LICSW, ACHP-SW, CSW-G has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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