HIV/AIDS - Focusing on the Individual

HIV/AIDS - Focusing on the Individual 

This course is an intimate interview with Alora Gale, who was diagnosed with AIDS at the age of 6. In this illustrated interview, Alora Gale candidly discusses her diagnoses, her symptoms, her treatments, and generally how suffering from AIDS has had an impact on her life.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (5 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: CO1933262

California Department of Public Health (CNA)


Relias, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the California Department of Public Health, Provider # NAC7001.

The certificate must be retained by the licensee for a period of four (4) years after the course is completed.

This learning activity meets the definition of *** ONLINE *** CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Oregon Department of Human Services (AFH)


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-FI
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2024
Learning Objectives:
Focus on the individual and not just the disease.
Examine the disease from a young woman's perspective.
Discuss testing and reporting.
Understand the realities of living with HIV/AIDS.
Take steps for dealing with caregiver issues.

I. Introduction to HIV/AIDS: Focusing on the Individual A. Course Description 1. Checkpoint 2. Course objectives B. What is it like to be the person living with HIV/AIDS? 1. Brief introduction to Alora Gale-Schreck story C. Review of HIV/AIDS Concepts 1. HIV/AIDS 2. Transmission of HIV/AIDS a. Routes b. Risk-taking behaviors 3. HIV Testing and Notification a. Who should be tested? b. How to test c. Positive test results and reporting requirements d. Spousal notification 4. After identification a. HIV treatment b. Confidentiality c. Protection from discrimination 5. Checkpoint One: multiple-choice questions II. The realities of living with HIV/AIDS A. Introduction: The Alora Gale-Schreck Story 1. Background and overview of Alora Gale-Schreck story a. Interviewed at age 21 b. Grew up in middle-class “normal” family c. Mother tested positive for HIV in March 1992 and died in November 1995 d. Family changes e. Alora became an advocate and educator in junior high school B. The Interview: The Alora Gale-Schreck Story 1. Sam Folk Williams interview, “AIDS Girl” — Part one a. Womens’ group is tested b. Family Testing c. Common symptoms d. Father remains HIV negative e. HIV as the “Hivvy Monster” f. Full realization at about 7th grade g. “HIV changes your whole life” C. Understanding the psychosocial issues 1. Common psychosocial concerns a. Ongoing grief b. Progressive losses c. Emotional burdens d. At-risk behaviors e. Avoidance 2. Empathy and the caregiver 3. Checkpoint two: yes/no and true/false questions D. Returning to the Interview: The Alora Gale-Schreck story (continued) 1. Sam Folk Williams interview, “AIDS Girl” – Part w=two a. Openness about HIV status b. Being a woman who is HIV positive c. Negative reactions d. Knowledge is power e. Use of humor f. Public speaking — AIDS education g. Making a difference h. It helps to talk i. Finding support j. Dating relationships k. Fears l. Being sheltered m. Full understanding comes later 2. Caregiving DO’s and Don’ts a. “Do’s” b. “Don’ts” c. Checkpoint three: matching E. The Interview: The Alora Gale-Schreck story, continued 1. Sam Folk Williams interview “AIDS Girl” – Part three a. Healthcare experience b. Future plans c. Care providers d. Health complications e. Recent problems f. How I feel on meds g. Side effects h. Insurance coverage i. Complications related to insurance j. Medication adherence k. Friends l. Preventive health m. Advice for others 2. Reviewing Alora’s post diagnosis medical history a. Timeline i. 1988-2001 ii. Supplements b. Checkpoint Four: multiple choice questions 3. After the Interview: Catching up with Alora Gale-Schreck a. Alora has a family of her own F. Transmission of HIV from mother to child 1. Reducing the risks of transmission a. Healthy mother b. HIV medications for mother and newborn c. C-section (with high viral load) d. HIV testing for newborns e. No breast feeding when other alternatives are available III. Course Summary and Conclusion

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.
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.
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