A Primer on Antiretroviral Drugs to Treat HIV - 0513-0000-17-133-H02-P

A Primer on Antiretroviral Drugs to Treat HIV

by Madeline King, PharmD and Esther Kim, PharmD
(4.5 / 298 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Pharmacy (1.50 Contact Hr)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


Treatment for HIV depends on the extent of disease and presence of any opportunistic infections. The goal is to stabilize the immune system so opportunistic infections (OIs) are less likely to occur. The chief method of preventing the immune system from worsening is the use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (ART, previously referred to as HAART). Since ART was introduced, mortality rates of patients with AIDS have improved significantly. When treatment failures occur, they are often related to a delay in diagnosis or timing of treatment, or poor adherence to therapy. In addition, some patients with HIV require prophylaxis against specific opportunistic infections.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide pharmacists, dietitians, physical therapists, and physicians with accurate information about antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV, including the different classes, criteria for administration, and management. After studying the information presented you will be able to:
  • List the different classes of antiretroviral drugs used for the treatment of HIV
  • Explain the criteria for initiating ART in patients with HIV
  • Discuss the management of HIV-induced lipodystrophy in patients with HIV
  • Recognize prophylactic management of opportunistic infections

Approval Information
This course is intended for pharmacists
Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider # 50-1489).
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Initial Release Date: 05/23/2017; Planned Expiration Date: 05/23/2020
Hours dedicated to pharmacology: 1.0 contact hour.

Course Originally Released on: 11/20/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/8/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/23/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Anissa C - Winterville, NC  ·  Mar 27, 2020
Very informative yet concise.
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Sharon J - Reston, VA  ·  Mar 26, 2020
This is a very tedious course
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Kim W - Alamogordo, NY  ·  Mar 10, 2020
Very helpful information in this module
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Jane L - Fairbanks, AK  ·  Feb 24, 2020
Good review of medications
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Nancy F - Fairbanks, AK  ·  Feb 24, 2020
Looking up a lot of abbreviations took away from learning.
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Price: $20.00
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