CNS Toxoplasmosis in the Presence of AIDS

by Instructor: Krupa Patel, PharmD, MPH; Instructor: Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD; Staff Writer: Laura Bell, BSN, RN, CCRN


i 1.00 CEH

Course Overview

One of the most common causes of central nervous system disease in AIDS is toxoplasmosis. When a patient with AIDS has toxoplasmosis involving the brain, it is usually a late manifestation of the AIDS disease process. Although toxoplasmosis lesions may be found anywhere in the brain, they are rare in the spinal cord. Treating central nervous system (CNS) toxoplasmosis requires clinical judgment and good knowledge about the patient’s medical status. Primary empiric therapy is followed by long-term highly active antiretroviral therapy, often continued until the CD4 count is more than 200 cells/uL. The goal of this course is to provide information about toxoplasmosis, including its epidemiology, presentation, and management of infection.

About the Course Author

Laura Bell, BSN, RN, CCRN is a SME writer for Relias with 12 years of acute care experience in nursing. She began working in critical care at Wake Med Cary Hospital in 2011 and obtained her CCRN certification in 2016. Laura Bell, BSN, RN, CCRN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Krupa Patel, PharmD, MPH, is a staff pharmacist with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Krupa Patel, PharmD, MPH has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Get started now and your first course is free!
CE-PRO Membership
Become a member today and enjoy instant savings on all courses
$19.95 / year

CE-PRO is a membership program that gives you 50% OFF everything you buy and much more.

CE-PRO Membership Benefits

50% Discount on All Course Purchases

Free CE Alerts

Detailed Transcripts

License Tracking/Reminders

Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education


    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC 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.

    Type Activity: Knowledge
    Target Audience Designation: T
    ACPE Universal Activity Number: JA0008057-0000-20-067-H02-T

Course Details
  • Course Code:

  • Hours:

  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

  • Expiration Date:

  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe Toxoplasma gondii infection, its epidemiology, and clinical presentation.; Discuss populations at risk for toxoplasmosis and the means of identifying the infection.; List at least two drug regimens used to treat toxoplasmosis.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Course Content
    Toxoplasma gondii
    Toxoplasmosis and AIDS
    Transmission in Humans
    Presentation of Toxoplasmosis
    Diagnostic Testing
    Imaging and Biopsy
    Treatment and Management
    Drug Therapy
    Section 3: Clinical Vignette
    Section 4: Conclusion
    Course Contributors
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Pharmacy Technicians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form ( or by using the chat functionality.
    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
News & Information
New CMS Rule Gives Dietitians Order-Writing Privileges

Starting July 11, 2014, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists will be able to order diets in hospitals under Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulation …

Read More
Leader in Online Education for Healthcare Professionals is the leader in online education for healthcare professionals. We are the first choice for hundreds of healthcare organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals …

Read More
A Complete Guide to CE for Dietitians and Nutritionists

As a Registered Dietitian (RD), or soon to be, you play a vital role in the healthcare community by providing expert advice on proper food and nutrition, counseling clients …

Read More