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HIV/AIDS has been a growing concern in the healthcare community every since the early 1980s when the new pandemic was identified. In the 1980s the CDC developed recommendations known as Universal Precautions to prevent the transmission of bloodborne pathogens, such as HIV, in the healthcare environment. Later, Universal Precautions changed from being a CDC recommendation, and became a workplace regulation enforced by OSHA as part of its Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Subsequently, the CDC revised its infection control recommendations and incorporated practices from Universal Precautions into a broader recommendation called Standard Precautions. The pandemic itself has changed in several ways and many new populations are at risk, new treatments have been developed to delay the onset of full-blown AIDS and it is crucial to understand how to protect ourselves and others, as well as perform HIV counseling and care.

  • Agenda

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • What is AIDS?
  • AIDS Treatment
  • Exposure Control for Healthcare Workers
  • Post-Exposure Response
  • Confidentiality
  • Counseling and HIV Psychology
  • Special Populations
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide healthcare workers an understanding of the HIV/AIDS in the healthcare environment, Universal Precautions and Standard Precautions for exposure control, plus HIV counseling and the special needs of some population groups.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe HIV and AIDS, and how they developed.
  • Describe how HIV is transmitted, in the community and in healthcare.
  • Explain OSHA's Universal Precautions regulation, the CDC's Standard Precautions recommendation, and the difference between them.
  • Describe post-exposure response in a healthcare environment.
  • Describe the confidentiality requirements
  • Describe HIV counseling and some factors affecting the psychology of HIV carriers.
  • Describe special populations at risk of contracting HIV.

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