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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

 Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (9824-07) Learn about the epidemiology, transmission, immunologic response, the analyses available for detection and differentiation of HIV as well as the different strategies being studied to develop a vaccine. Version Date: November 2007

Code 9824-07
Level Advanced

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PEP hours: 10.5
CPS credits: 0.5
Level: Advanced
Course Type: Express

Start Date: Upon registration
Completion: Up to 52 weeks
Delivery: PDF via email

Prerequisites: None
Textbook: N/A
Equipment: Computer with Internet is required

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the history that lead up to the identification of the AIDS virus
  • Be aware of the occurrence and distribution of AIDS in the world population
  • Identify the epidemiologic factors related to the risk of acquiring AIDS
  • Understand the different modes of HIV transmission
  • Understand the factors that must be present for transmission of HIV
  • Understand what a retrovirus is
  • Understand the mechanisms and structure of the HIV virus
  • Describe the mechanism of viral replication
  • Know the most important proteins that are present in the HIV virus
  • Identify the different antigens of the HIV-1 and HIV-2 viruses
  • Describe the classification of HIV subtypes
  • Know the primary characteristics of the HIV virus that makes it such a terrible adversary
  • Discuss the implications of HIV variability
  • Understand how the HIV infection progresses from the initial to the final stages
  • Know the progression of symptoms associated with an HIV infection
  • Know the laboratory abnormalities associated with an HIV infection
  • Understand the two most widely used classification systems in HIV-related illnesses
  • Understand how the human immune system responds to the HIV virus
  • Know what the window period in the immune response is with respect to the HIV virus
  • Know the diagnostic problems present in babies born to infected mothers
  • Be aware of the different screening techniques available to date for HIV testing
  • Know the difference between direct and indirect ELISA techniques
  • Know what recombinant and synthetic peptide antigen tests are
  • Be aware that tests are available for differentiating HIV-1 and HIV-2
  • Realize that other fluids other than blood can be used for detecting HIV antibodies
  • Be aware of the confirmatory tests available for testing the HIV virus
  • Be aware of the tests available to aid research
  • Be aware of the accepted criteria for interpretation of confirmatory test results
  • Know the two important general guidelines for HIV testing
  • Be aware of the current drugs being developed for the treatment of AIDS
  • List the four main types of drugs in use to treat HIV infections
  • Be aware of the difficulties encountered in the development of a vaccine for HIV
  • Describe the limitations inherent with vaccine design and production

Author/Instructor: John Chapman, FCSMLS, FIMLS, CLSp(H)
Version Date: November 2007