Health Care Providers Are Falling Short of Goals for HIV
The CDC recommends that all adults (between the ages of 13 and 64) get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. Currently, only 46% of American adults have reported ever receiving an HIV test. Considering that nearly 40% of new HIV infections are transmitted by people who do not know they have the virus, there is a vital need for all clinicians to know how to regularly screen for HIV. Volume 5 of eHIV Review aims to educate all clinicians on proper HIV screening procedures.
"Studies have shown that people with HIV benefit from early treatment with ART," stated eHIV Review Course Director and Nurse Educator – Justin Alves, RN, ACRN, CARN from Boston Medical Center. "The earlier we screen people, the higher likelihood that they can remain healthy for many years."
Some at-risk patients should be offered Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) which has shown to be effective at preventing HIV infection and can prevent permanent infection even if someone has been exposed to the virus.
"Special populations can benefit greatly from PrEP, but clinicians aren't recommending it frequently enough," said Mr Alves. "Clinicians need to have the knowledge and confidence to identify these special populations and recommend PrEP."
Volume 5 is led by Course Directors Dr. Ethel D. Weld, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and new Course Director Justin Alves.
The Success of eHIV Review Volume 4
eHIV Review has over 5,000 subscribers. Volume 4 included six newsletters and six podcasts. Subscribers who participated in Volumes 4 viewed the webpage over 19,000 times. 89% of clinicians stated that their medical practice knowledge improved and 67% cited actual practice impacts as a result of the program.
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