LBGTPA Presents Let’s Stop HIV Together- a 2 part lecture series which will review HIV and related infectious diseases providing basic information about HIV care and prevention during the first webinar and expert exploration of emerging hot topics during the second webinar. The series will focus on CDC related data, guidelines, and recommendations including the Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign.
Let’s Stop HIV Together (Part 1)
For providers not routinely treating HIV, it is important to understand HIV screening, prevention, treatment, ARV pharmacology, and effects of stigma among their patients. While ARVs have evolved significantly over the past 4 decades, over 35,000 HIV infections occur annually in the US many of whom are unaware of their HIV status until late-stage diagnosis. The epidemiology continues to change with infections disproportionately affecting southern states, populations of color, and sexual and gender minorities. Guidelines incorporate screening, prevention and treatment for HIV into routine medical care. utilization of antiretroviral mediated prevention including preexposure prophylaxis and treatment as prevention. While HIV treatment options have significantly improved, long term survivors face new complications including certain cancers and inflammatory mediated disease. HIV is considered a chronic disease, yet the societal stigma surrounding this sexually transmitted disease requires that providers approach HIV with a unique perspective.
Pharmacology Update: Ceftriaxone and Cabotegravir (Part 2)
While HIV treatment and prevention has evolved significantly over the past 4 decades, over 35,000 HIV infections occur annually in the US. New data, guidelines, and recommendations provide opportunities for progress toward ending the HIV epidemic. Cabotegravir/rilpivirine is the first and only,complete, long-acting injectable treatment for HIV. Cabotegravir is also a candidate to receive an indication for use as HIV preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) following reported data from 2 major clinical trials. STIs can facilitate HIV transmission; therefore, screening for, diagnosis of, and appropriate treatment of bacterial STIs including gonorrhea is essential in the care of people living with and at risk for HIV. Recently, the CDC released new guidelines on the treatment of gonorrhea to recommend an increased, single dose, ceftriaxone-based regimen.