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Current Continuing Medical Education (CME/CE) Programs

HIV Testing, Prevention, and Treatment panel

HIV Testing, Prevention, and Treatment: A Stepwise Approachexternal icon
This web-based activity from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Medscape Education is intended for primary care physicians, infectious disease specialists, HIV specialists, nurses, and public health and preventive medicine specialists. The goal of this activity is to discuss the role of primary care clinicians in various disciplines in preventing HIV infection and optimizing care of people with HIV.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will have increased knowledge regarding:

  • Development of an integrated, interprofessional model for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to address initial and ongoing patient engagement.
  • Identification of opportunities to engage with patients at all points along the continuum of care.
  • Challenges encountered by various clinical professionals in advancing HIV care.
  • Strategies for incorporating HIV screening, prevention, and management into routine clinical practice.

Faculty: Paul E. Sax, MD; David Malebranche, MD, MPH; Jason E. Farley, PhD, MPH, ANP-BC, AACRN, FAAN; Ariel Watriss, MSN, NP-C; Sampath Wijesinghe, DHSc, MS, MPAS, AAHIVS, PA-C

Note: While an account is free for clinicians, a Medscape account is required to view the program.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuing Education Unit (CEU): This activity is acceptable for up to 1 CME credit for CME or continuing education (CE), and 0.50 contact hours are in the area of pharmacology. Certification was reviewed and renewed on 6/26/2020. Term of approval is for 1 year from this date (6/26/2021). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


doctor with patient discussing mental health and substance abuse, cme

HIV Treatment and Care: A Focus on Mental Health and Substance Useexternal icon
This web-based activity from CDC and Medscape Education discusses the impact mental health and substance use disorders can have on HIV treatment and care.

This activity demonstrates how HIV care providers can

  • screen patients for mental health and substance use disorders,
  • address factors related to these disorders, and
  • help patients adhere to HIV treatment and remain in care.

On completion of this activity, participants will have increased their knowledge about

  • mental health and/or substance use disorders as risk factors for nonadherence to ART,
  • unique challenges faced by patients with HIV who experience mental health and/or substance use disorders,
  • strategies for screening and addressing factors related to mental health and/or substance use disorders during HIV treatment and care, and
  • clinical benefits of including assessment for mental health and/or substance use disorders in the routine medical care of patients with HIV.

Faculty: W. David Hardy, MD; Francine Cournos, MD; Brian Wells Pence, PhD; Glenn Jordan Treisman, MD, PhD

Note: While an account is free to clinicians, a Medscape account is required to view the program.

CME/CEU: This activity is acceptable for up to 0.75 CME credits. Certification was reviewed and renewed on 10/23/2018. Term of approval is for one year from this date (10/23/2019). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


doctor with patient discussing PrEP

Advancing PrEP in Practice: Practical Strategies for Everyday Challengesexternal icon
This activity is intended for primary care physicians, infectious disease/HIV specialists, and public health and preventive medicine specialists. It will help primary care providers identify patients who could benefit from HIV PrEP medications.

On completion of this activity, participants will have greater competence to:

  • identify patients who are candidates for PrEP,
  • address the need for clinical and laboratory assessments before PrEP initiation,
  • monitor patients receiving PrEP, and
  • use PrEP with women who are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant.

Faculty: Colleen F. Kelley, MD, MPH

Note: While an account is free to clinicians, a Medscape account is required to view the program.

CME/CEU: This activity is acceptable for up to 1.50 contact hours of CME or CE credits.


HIV Prevention Certified Providerexternal icon
HealthHIV’s HIV PREVENTION CERTIFIED PROVIDER program is an online, self-paced CME curriculum composed of five (5) free e-learning courses in HIV prevention detailing the pertinent clinical and practice information that clinicians need to effectively employ HIV prevention interventions.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants:

  • Earn a certificate recognizing their designation as an HIV Prevention Certified Provider (HIV PCP), and receive 5.0 continuing education credits (types detailed below).

The HIV PCP is available to:

  • Medical Doctors (MD)
  • Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
  • Physician Assistants (PA)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Doctors of Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Other degrees, such as Bachelors of Science

Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for Prevention of HIV Acquisition Among Adolescents: Clinical Considerations, 2020external icon

This activity is intended for pediatricians, infectious disease clinicians, family practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, and other clinicians caring for patients in whom pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with antiretroviral medication for HIV infection may be appropriate.

The goal of this activity is to describe evidence from expert opinion and published literature regarding providing PrEP to adolescents, according to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) report.

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

  1. Describe pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) safety data related to adolescents, according to an MMWR report
  2. Understand consent, confidentiality, and other issues relevant to providing PrEP for adolescents, according to an MMWR report
  3. Determine PrEP medication initiation, adherence, and persistence, according to an MMWR report

Authors: Mary R. Tanner, MD; Peter Miele, MD; Wendy Carter, DO; Sheila Salvant Valentine, JD; Richard Dunville, MPH; Bill G. Kapogiannis, MD; Dawn K. Smith, MD


HIV Transmission Along the Continuum of Care

HIV Transmission Along the Continuum of Careexternal icon
The goal of this activity is to describe estimated HIV transmission rates along the continuum of care in the United States in 2016, according to an HIV transmission model.

This activity is intended for public health officials and clinicians who treat and manage patients with or at risk for HIV infection including infectious disease physicians, hematologists/oncologists, internists, and other physicians; nurses; and pharmacists.

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

  1. Describe the estimated number of persons with HIV infection and the HIV transmission rate at each step along the continuum of care in the United States in 2016, according to an HIV transmission model.
  2. Determine demographic factors associated with the estimated number of persons with HIV infection and HIV transmission rate at each step along the continuum of care in the United States in 2016, according to an HIV transmission model.
  3. Identify clinical and public health implications of estimated HIV transmission rates along the continuum of care in the United States in 2016, according to an HIV transmission model.

To access this free MMWR/Medscape CE activity, visit (medscape.org/viewarticle/918021). If you are not a registered user on Medscape, register for free or login without a passwordexternal icon and get unlimited access to all CE activities and other Medscape features.

Authors: Zihao Li, PhD; David W. Purcell, JD, PhD; Stephanie L. Sansom, PhD; Demorah Hayes, MA; H. Irene Hall, PhD
Note: While an account is free to clinicians, a Medscape account is required to view the program.


HIV Treatment as Prevention (TasP)external icon
This activity is intended for primary care physicians, infectious diseases/HIV specialists, and public health and preventive medicine specialists.

The goal of this activity is to improve knowledge regarding the benefits of treatment as prevention (TasP) for patients living with HIV and the best practices for implementing TasP in clinical practice.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding: the data supporting TasP; key barriers/disparities, (particularly within the South) that may hinder adoption of TasP; available resources and tools that can be used to facilitate TasP.
  • Demonstrate greater confidence in their ability to effectively communicate the benefits of treatment for individuals, their loved ones, and/or sex partners

Faculty: Myron S. Cohen, MD; Leandro A. Mena, MD, MPH; David J. Malebranche, MD, MPH

Note: While an account is free to clinicians, a Medscape account is required to view the program.
CME/CEU: This activity is acceptable for up to 1.0 contact hour of CME or CE credits. Certification begins on 07/25/2019. Term of approval is for one year from this date (07/25/2020). Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Archived CME/CEU Programs

Delivering HIV Prevention and Care to Transgender Peopleexternal icon [Expired – 3/5/19]
This web-based activity will assist health providers caring for transgender people, particularly transgender women.

The focus is on:

  • presenting the latest data on transgender people and HIV,
  • describing the roles stigma and discrimination can play in contributing to health disparities, and
  • providing tips to provide the best patient-centered care for transgender people.

Topics include:

  • Strategies to make clinical environments more welcoming to transgender patients
  • HIV prevention and care, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
  • Initiation and adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART)
  • Safer sexual behaviors
  • HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Faculty: Asa Radix, MD, MPH, FACP, AAHIVS; Kevin Ard, MD, MPH; Ayana Elliott, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Other Learning Opportunities

Testing Beyond the Clinic Webinar Seriesexternal icon
This series is designed to provide ongoing information about non clinic-based, self-collected HIV and STD testing logistics and program implementation. This resource will be updated regularly with webinar recordings from the series. Presented by the National Coalition of STD Directors.

CDC Learning Connection
Stay informed about quality public health trainings with CDC Learning Connection. Featured trainings are interactive, user-friendly, and often offer free CE. Sign up for the monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date.

CDC TRAINexternal icon
Find your next training with CDC TRAIN. This learning system provides access to thousands of courses on a variety of topics from CDC and other public health organizations, including many with free CE.

Addressing Health Literacy, Limited English Proficiency and Cultural Differences
This course helps healthcare professionals assess their patients’ health literacy and language needs and practice culturally competent care.

The AIDS Education and Training Centers’ National HIV Curriculumexternal icon
A free educational web site from the University of Washington. The up-to-date National HIV Curriculum offers six modules with 37 lessons and corresponding question bank topics which address HIV diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Free CME credit, MOC points, CNE contact hours, and CE contact hours are available throughout the site. Free pharmacology CE for advanced practice nurses is also available for many activities. The web site is funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).