This program is designed for the wide range of medical and health professionals who administer HIV tests in clinical settings. It is designed to accommodate learners with different backgrounds and varying levels of expertise in HIV testing.
Educational Needs Addressed
As health care institutions and their corresponding laboratories begin to widely roll out the 4th generation HIV tests, there will be clinician gaps in knowledge about the new test and how it differs from previous generation tests in terms of a number of characteristics, including: how it detects HIV, test sensitivity, time it takes to run the test after sample collection, time it takes to detect HIV, ability to detect acute HIV. These gaps in knowledge can have implications for patient follow up and re-screening, thus creating potential gaps in performance.
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
Discuss the generational progression of HIV testing
Define the testing window and how the virus is detected in each generation of tests
Describe the turnaround time and test sensitivity within each testing generation
Describe the key characteristics of the HIV test(s) the learner is currently using
Discuss how the key characteristics of the current test(s) compare with those of a 4th generation assay
Generate a comparison chart that can be printed and used as a reference
Describe how to interpret 4th generation test results
Describe how 4th generation testing affects patient follow-up
Describe verification follow-up testing options
Discuss appropriate follow-up for patients based on a specified clinical setting, test results and risk factors
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Boston University School of Medicine and Sylvie Ratelle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center of New England. Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Boston University School of Medicine designates this Enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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This educational activity has been provided by Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine and jointly provided by Sylvie Ratelle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center of New England.
Contact Hours: 1.0
Boston University School of Medicine asks all individuals involved in the development of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities to disclose all relationships with commercial interests. This information is disclosed to CME activity participants. Boston University School of Medicine has procedures to resolve any apparent conflicts of interest. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any unapproved use of pharmaceuticals and devices is being discussed.
Katherine Hsu, MD, MPH Course Director
Barbara Coughlin, RN, CNE Course Advisor
Janine Dyer, MPH, Planner
Maya Lagu, MAT, EdM, Planner
Athi Myint-U, EdM, Planner
James Whinfield, EdM, Planner
Patti-Ann Collins, PhD, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, Lead Nurse Planner
Jody Walker, MS, Planner
Julie White, MS, Planner
Bernard Branson, MD
Katherine Hsu, MD, MPH
Barbara Werner, PhD
All the Course Directors, Advisors, Planning, Committee Members, Reviewers, and Faculty disclose that they have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. Faculty do not plan on discussing unlabeled/investigational uses of a commercial product.
THIS CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM IS INTENDED SOLELY FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES FOR QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. IN NO EVENT SHALL BOSTON UNIVERSITY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN IN RELIANCE ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM. IN NO EVENT SHOULD THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL CARE. NO PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS BEING ESTABLISHED.
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Internet Connection: minimum 256+ Kbps (higher speeds are recommended)
Computer: 500 megahertz (MHz) processor or higher (32- or 64-bit)
Memory: 256 MB minimum
Display: 800 X 600 screen resolution (1,024 x 768 or higher recommended)
Multimedia: Sound card and headphones or speakers
Date of original release: June 7, 2013
Date of last review: August 31, 2016
Date of expiration: August 30, 2018
Course Code: I.HIV16
Estimated time to complete: 1 hour
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