The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a blood borne pathogen that attacks the human immune system. It is spread through bodily fluids that come into contact with wounds and mucous membranes. Once the virus is present it reproduces itself within the host's CD4 cells (a type of white blood cell). White blood cells are essential for our body to fight off sickness. As the white cell count decreases, the disease progresses into AIDS, a condition that increases opportunistic infections.
This course meets Washington State Department of Health’s HIV/AIDS 7-hour course requirement for licensure.
After completing HIV AIDS 7 Unit: HIV Awareness in the Workplace the participant will be able to:
- Define HIV/AIDS including origin, etiology and epidemiology of HIV.
- Understand how HIV/AIDS is transmitted and effective methods of infection control and prevention.
- Discuss contamination myths and practice safe workplace habits to minimize workplace exposure.
- Identify legal/ethical issues and patient rights surrounding HIV/AIDS.
- Support patients with HIV/AIDS by providing accurate information and counseling when necessary.
- Identify tuberculosis and how it impacts immune compromised patients.
- Understand how medical facilities are taking steps to prevent tuberculosis in the workplace.
- Understand how the World Health Organization is helping HIV patients with tuberculosis around the world, and how it impacts new defensive medicine techniques.