Managing HCV/HIV Co-infection: What Clinicians Need to Know

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About the Program:

Program Overview:

As many as 7 million people worldwide are infected with both HIV and HCV. Because of the potential consequences of HCV infection, clinicians who care for HCV/HIV co-infected patients face many complex treatment issues, including when to start treatment, which treatments to use, how long to treat patients, and which treatments can be safely combined in this population. In addition, they must remain abreast of rapidly changing information on the treatment of HCV/HIV co-infected patients. This program, "Managing HCV/HIV Co-Infection: What Clinicians Need to Know," is a series of six internet symposia, each covering a specific topic in the treatment of HCV/HIV co-infected patients. Each one-hour symposium will feature an interview of an expert in the field of HCV treatment, who will review and discuss the most essential information and data HIV clinicians need to know.

The first internet symposium is being brought to you from Baltimore, Maryland and will cover, "Management of Alcohol Abuse and Dependence." This program will feature an interview with Geetanjali Chander, MD, MPH, from Johns Hopkins University by Mark Sulkowski, MD, from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Chander is a leading expert on alcohol abuse in HIV-positive patients.

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Target Audience:

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses and other health care professionals involved in the care of patients with HIV and HCV infection.

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Learning Objectives:

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Appropriately screen patients for HCV to identify HCV/HIV co-infected patients in their practice
  • Develop effective strategies for treating HCV in HIV-positive patients
  • Apply the most recent information to the treatment of HCV/HIV co-infected patients to avoid drug-drug interactions, minimize adverse effects, and achieve successful outcomes
  • Discuss research on HCV drugs in development to apply this information to ongoing treatment decisions
  • Diagnose, manage and treat the social and psychiatric issues HCV/HIV co-infected patients may struggle with
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Faculty:

Mark Sulkowski, MD
Professor of Medicine and Medical Director
Viral Hepatitis Center
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Geetanjali Chander, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

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Joint Accreditation Statement:

Jointly-Accredited-Provider-TM_1000x636 In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and ViralEd, Inc. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the American 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.
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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European Continuous Medical Education Credit:

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the European Continuous Medical Education Credits (ECMEC®) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credit is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC®), therefore up to 1.0 ECMEC® Credits are available.

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  This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Gilead Sciences Medical Affairs

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