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	Dr. Sweet PatientSerostatus Matters Continuing Education Program Launches
Serostatus Matters is a video-based educational program designed to help healthcare providers incorporate routine HIV screening into clinical practice. Jointly provided by Tufts University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education, and CDC, this free continuing education program offers four learning modules that address the following topics: The importance of routine HIV screening; Practical considerations for HIV screening implementation in the primary care clinician’s practice; Communicating test results with patients; and Counseling the HIV-infected patient. These topics are modeled through a series of physician-patient vignettes with patients of different ethnicity and sexual preference. The vignettes portray three office visits and follow-up appointments for patients with different HIV test results: HIV positive, indeterminate, and HIV negative with a high risk for infection. The modules feature these esteemed faculty members: Donna Sweet, MD, University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita; Celia Maxwell, MD, FACP, Howard University Hospital, Women’s Health Institute; Joseph McGowan, MD, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine; and Philip Peters, MD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. Access is free and has been approved for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.TM until March 21, 2017. Nursing contact hour will be awarded. The program can be viewed through the AJM resource center.

HIV Screening, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: What the Primary Care Clinician Needs to Know, Part 1 and Part 2
This accredited roundtable (CME/CNE), produced in partnership with pmiCME, the accredited provider, was broadcast live over the internet on August 27, 2015.This free training is available on-demand in two archived programs. The programs cover the following topics: Pre-exposure Prophylaxis: CDC Guidance; The Nexus between STDs & HIV and the Importance of HIV Testing; HIV: the Disproportionate Impact on African American and Hispanic/Latino Populations; and an HIV Testing Update. The roundtable features the following esteemed faculty members: Donna Sweet, MD, University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita; Philip Peters, MD, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Myron Cohen, MD, The University of North Carolina School of Medicine; and Celia Maxwell, MD, Howard University Hospital, Women’s Health Institute. Access is free and the programs can be viewed here: Part 1 and Part 2.

PrEP: Simple and Effective Yet Underused

Dr. Jonathon Mermin, Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was recently featured in Medscape’s CDC Expert Commentary, PrEP: Simple and Effective Yet Underused, on November 30, 2015. In this feature, Dr. Mermin discusses pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as a way for clinicians to protect their patients from becoming infected with HIV and how clinicians can integrate the delivery of PrEP care into their practice. The program is available for both viewing and listening at Medscape. Sign-in and account are required. Medscape registration is free.

The HIV Screening. Standard Care. program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives primary care providers new tools to help ensure all patients are tested for HIV at least once in their life. Of the more than 1.2 million people in the United States estimated to be living with HIV, approximately 12.8% are unaware of their HIV status.

Patients diagnosed through routine HIV screening are able to benefit from medical treatment, which has been proven to reduce morbidity and mortality, and to avoid unintentionally transmitting HIV to others. HIV Screening. Standard Care. offers a variety of resources for providers—as well as materials for their patients—to help encourage universal testing for HIV.

Resource Center for HIV Care Providers 
The HIV Screening. Standard Care.™  resource center, produced in partnership with the American Journal of Medicine, provides campaign materials, interactive video, and highlights continuing medical education (CME) opportunities for providers. The resource center also houses updated screening recommendations, hosts future CME events for providers, and features nationally recognized HIV providers. The resource center is FREE to all providers.

For questions about the HIV Screening. Standard Care. program, e-mail

The HIV Screening. Standard Care. program is part of CDC's Act Against AIDS communication campaign designed to help reduce HIV incidence in the United States.