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CME/CNE credits available. See below for more information.

Target Audience

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.

Educational/Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

Section 1:

  • 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

Section 2:

  • 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

Section 3:

  • 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

Physicians

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Boston University School of Medicine and the Sylvie Ratelle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 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 activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses

Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 1.0

Non-Endorsement of Products

Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine’s provider status refers only to continuing nursing education activities and does not imply that there is real or implied endorsement by Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine or ANCC of any product, service, or company referred to in this activity nor of any company subsidizing costs related to the activity.

Risk Management

This program meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

Disclosures

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.

Planning/Committee Members

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

Faculty:

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.

DISCLAIMER

THESE MATERIALS AND ALL OTHER MATERIALS PROVIDED IN CONJUNCTION WITH CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION ACTIVITIES ARE INTENDED SOLELY FOR PURPOSES OF SUPPLEMENTING CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. ANYONE USING THE MATERIALS ASSUMES FULL RESPONSIBILITY AND ALL RISK FOR THEIR APPROPRIATE USE. TRUSTEES OF BOSTON UNIVERSITY MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS WHATSOEVER REGARDING THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, CURRENTNESS, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF THE MATERIALS. IN NO EVENT WILL TRUSTEES OF BOSTON UNIVERSITY BE LIABLE TO ANYONE FOR ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN IN RELIANCE ON THE MATERIALS. IN NO EVENT SHOULD THE INFORMATION IN THE MATERIALS BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL CARE.

System Requirements

  • Browser:
    • Windows : Internet Explorer 6 and later, Firefox 1.x and later, Safari 3 and later, Google Chrome, or Opera 9.5 and later
    • Mac: Safari 3 and later, Firefox 1.x and later, or Google Chrome
  • 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 expiration: June 6, 2015
Course Code: I.HIV13
Estimated time to complete: 1 hour

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HOW TO OBTAIN CERTIFICATES:

Before June 4, 2015

  • Go to www.bucmetest.com and register.
  • Enter “I.HIV13” in the Test Code Search field.
  • You will see 2 results; nurses should select “I.HIV13 Nurses”
  • Complete the online test and evaluation form. If your score is 70% or better you will be able to instantly print out a CME or CNE certificate.

If you have any questions related to certificates, please contact Boston University School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education, 72 East Concord Street, A402, Boston, MA 02118, Phone: 617.638.4605, Toll-Free: 800.688.2475, Fax: 617.638.4905, E-mail: cme@bu.edu

For questions about this program and its content, please contact ptc.boston@state.ma.us.

For technical questions, please contact elearningsupport@edc.org.

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