Conference Highlights: CROI 2017

Conference Highlights: CROI 2017

0.5 hours | ACCME, ANCC

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The annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) brings together top basic, translational, and clinical researchers from around the world to share the latest studies, important developments, and best research methods in the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases. CROI is a global model of collaborative science and the premier international venue for bridging basic and clinical investigation to clinical practice in the field of HIV and related viruses

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Conference Highlights: IDWeek 2016

Conference Highlights: IDWeek 2016

0.5 hours | ACCME, ANCC

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IDWeek is a forum for health professionals of varied backgrounds to collaborate, cooperate, and learn from each other’s expertise. IDWeek provides an opportunity to learn from each other’s knowledge, experience and expertise, for the improvement of patient care and public health. The meeting offers access to internationally recognized leaders in the field and the opportunity to network with the most highly respected health professionals in infectious diseases, including HIV.

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A Strategy for Decreasing Influenza's Impact

A Strategy for Decreasing Influenza's Impact

0.5 hours | ACCME, ANCC

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Research indicates that about 60% of influenza-related hospitalizations occur in adults aged 65 and older during most influenza seasons in the United States. Many of these patients are frail and at increased risk for functional decline. However, few studies have assessed the need for extended care admissions due to functional decline from influenza-associated hospitalizations among community-dwelling older adults. Additionally, whereas studies have shown that prompt treatment with influenza antiviral agents can reduce the duration of illness and prevent influenza-related complications, data are limited on the benefit of antiviral treatment in this patient population.


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A Program to Rapidly Test for Hepatitis C

A Program to Rapidly Test for Hepatitis C

0.5 hours | ACCME, ANCC

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Hepatitis C virus affects about 3 million Americans and is a leading cause of end-stage liver disease, hepatocellular carcinoma, and liver transplants. National recommendations endorse using risk-based hepatitis C screening, which includes screening patients with a history of injection drug use as well as one-time screenings of “baby boomers,” or patients born between 1945 and 1965. Current data suggest that the baby boomer generation accounts for 75% of people infected with hepatitis C, but 1.25 to 1.75 million of them are unaware that they are infected. Hepatitis C screening has long been considered impractical for EDs, but advances in rapid testing technology, the development of new therapies, and improvements in reimbursement for selective screening has created new opportunities to implement these screenings in the ED setting. Despite these advances, clinical experience with hepatitis C virus screening in EDs is limited.

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Updated Guidance for STDs

Updated Guidance for STDs


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The CDC recently published an update to its 2010 sexually transmitted disease (STD) treatment guidelines in order to address key questions regarding the treatment and clinical management of these diseases. Published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the guideline addresses several key updates. Discussed herein are these key updates, and the importance of risk assessment, as well as the prevention and control, of sexually transmitted disease.

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Examining AIDS-Defining Opportunistic Infections

Examining AIDS-Defining Opportunistic Infections

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Studies have shown that AIDS-defining opportunistic infection (AIDS-OIs) were a leading cause of mortality and morbidity among patients with HIV prior to the advent of antiretroviral therapy in 1997. Despite substantial improvements in the treatment of HIV and OIs during the last 2 decades, data indicate that OIs remain a major contributor of HIV-related morbidity and mortality. Previous research has provided unclear results regarding the outcomes of HIV patients with OIs, and few were population-based. Recent estimates of survival following an AIDS-OI in the United States are lacking.

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Needle Exchange Cuts HIV Transmission

Needle Exchange Cuts HIV Transmission

0.5 hours | ACCME, ANCC

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Research has shown that needle exchange programs can effectively lower the risk of HIV transmission among injection drug users. In 1988, Congress passed legislation prohibiting the use of federal funding for any activities associated with needle exchange. While states and localities were able to use their own revenue to fund such programs, in 1998, the United States Congress passed legislation prohibiting the District of Columbia from using its municipal revenue to fund these programs. Until Congress lifted the ban in 2007, these policies limited access to needle exchange in the city. Following the policy change in Washington, DC, it was important to determine whether or not it was going to make a difference. Clinicians need to know the impact of this policy change on people’s ability to access services.

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