Infectious Disease CME

Free CME & Resources on Infectious Diseases

 

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are bloodborne and transmitted primarily through sexual contact and injection drug use (IDU). They have shared routes of transmission and therefore involve not only risk of infection for each of the three viruses but also coinfection. Studies have demonstrated increased liver-related deaths among coinfected individuals, which is a leading cause of death in HIV-infected individuals. Other complications include kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders, and bone complications.

The goal of the CME Outfitters Infectious Disease Hub is to provide clinicians and patients with access to education in order to address the challenges in screening and treating patients with HIV and/or HBV/HCV. Links to dedicated patient education hubs offer tools to improve health literacy and engage patients to be active participants in their treatment plan.

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Creating Action Steps for Linking Underserved Populations with Hepatitis C Care

 

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In this CME Outfitters OnDemand webcast, expert faculty will discuss the many barriers to treating HCV in the IDU population, including stigma and established negative perceptions about people who inject drugs (PWID), with special attention paid to applying CDC universal screening guidelines to improve diagnosis and linkage to treatment, expanding treatment for HCV in primary care settings, and addressing disparities in HCV treatment initiation in underserved communities.

Novel Approaches to Treating CMV Infection in People Receiving Solid Organ or Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantations

 

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In this CMEO Snack, join expert faculty as they discuss best strategies to identify risk factors of CMV infection, recognize the impact of CMV on treatment outcomes, and ultimately develop balanced treatment plans for patients with CMV disease.

Treatment Decisions for Patients with HCV and CKD

 

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This CMEO BriefCase will introduce a complex HCV case involving a patient with HCV and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Join Drs. Nancy Reau and Anthony Martinez as they dive deeper into treatment and management considerations for such patients, focusing on screening, diagnosis, and risk factors as well as the epidemiology and shared pathobiology of HCV and CKD.

Mitigating Progression of Liver Fibrosis in HIV/HCV Coinfection

 

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This CMEO BriefCase will introduce a complex case involving treatment and management considerations for a patient with HIV and HCV. Join Drs. Nancy Reau and Christian Ramers as they explore the epidemiology and shared pathobiology of liver fibrosis in HIV/HCV, real-world data for available therapies, contraindicated agent combinations, and when and how to treat.

Treatment Selection in a Patient with Decompensated Cirrhosis

 

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This CMEO BriefCase will introduce a case involving the incorporation of routine surveillance for HCC in a patient with HCV. Join our faculty experts as they delve into the epidemiology and shared pathobiology of HCV and decompensated cirrhosis, identify compensated versus decompensated cirrhosis, and discuss surveillance strategies for HCC.

Looking Ahead: Long-Term Implications of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Treatment Decisions

 

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In this CMEO BriefCase, we will meet Christine, a transgender woman who has been taking emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (F/TDF) for 5 years and has become concerned with the discussions on social media about PrEP and its interactions with feminizing hormone therapy. Expert faculty will discuss this case and how to apply clinical trial data to decision-making for patients who are taking PrEP.

Maintaining the Course: Practical Strategies for Achieving PrEP Goals and Navigating Comorbidities

 

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In this CMEO BriefCase participants will meet Isaiah, a 24-year-old African American man who presents to his primary care provider with concerns that he may have contracted a sexually transmitted infection (STI). During the encounter, Dr. Kelley uncovers behaviors related to substance use that may increase Isaiah’s risk for contracting HIV. The case of Isaiah will serve as a springboard for an overview of best practices for discussing a patient’s sexual and substance use history, as well as introducing HIV prevention strategies that can lead to initiation of PrEP.

As We Age: Considering the Impact of Renal Impairment When Choosing an HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Formulation

 

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This CME Outfitters BriefCase will introduce Matthew, a 53-year-old Hispanic man who has type 2 diabetes and hypertension who originally dismissed HIV prevention strategies but after considering the risk and consequences of HIV infection is now open to discussion. This patient case will be used to highlight how best to engage older adults who are at risk for contracting HIV in discussions about HIV prevention strategies, including assessing and applying clinical trial data to decision-making for PrEP initiation.

Switching Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in Your African American Patients: When and How

 

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This CME Outfitters BriefCase introduces Jeff, a 31-year-old African American infected with HIV perinatally, and discusses the when and how of switching antiretroviral therapy (ART) based on safety and efficacy data.

The Pediatric Patient with HIV: Translating Data to Practice

 

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This CMEO BriefCase will introduce Cynthia, who is 24 weeks pregnant and has recently found out that her partner has begun injecting drugs. This case study will focus on the importance of HIV testing throughout the patient’s pregnancy as well as eventual diagnosis and treatment of her child in order to showcase how clinicians can integrate best practices and translate data to practice when treating pediatric patients with HIV at important time points in their development.

Prior Treatment Failure: Addressing the Challenge in HIV Care

 

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The final installment in this CME Outfitters BriefCase series on addressing real-world clinical challenges in optimizing care of HIV includes a case study on Luke, a 41-year-old man, (MSM), diagnosed with HIV 20 years ago, that will show learners how to effectively translate new knowledge of current and emerging treatments into their clinical practice.

Resources for Clinicians

Practice & PrEP: Sharpening Your Skills to Prevent HIV


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Optimizing and expanding the use of PrEP in adolescents and young adults requires not only education to improve knowledge about HIV risk and prevention strategies, but also health care professional skills training—and retraining—to improve confidence and performance to open the discussion with a patient about sexual history and HIV risk assessment in order to improve rates of HIV testing and initiation of PrEP. Resources include not only a downloadable team teaching slide kit to use in training sessions, but an accompanying video that provides insights and expertise from four national experts about how to integrate new skills and information in practice.

The PREP Skills Team Teaching Slide Kit and is a resource that can be used with staff to improve their knowledge, confidence, and skills for:
  • Engaging patients in a structured and open discussion about sexual history and sexual health to determine risk for contracting HIV.
  • Applying individual factors to PrEP treatment decision-making
  • Creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive clinical environment to promote trust with patients
To offer more context, evidence, and strategies, Sharpening Your Tools: Talking to Patients About HIV Prevention will guide you through the PREP Skills Team Teaching Slide Kit with insights and practical strategies from leading experts to help you optimize the new skills in practice.

Resources for Patients

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