HIV 101: Fundamentals of HIV Medicine, Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy, and Primary Care for People With HIV


Rajesh T. Gandhi, MD
Harvard Medical School
Michael S. Saag, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Melanie A. Thompson, MD
AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta


September 28, 2021 - 11:00 AM


September 28, 2021 - 1:00 PM

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Assessment of Needs

This webinar is designed for clinicians caring for people with HIV, including residents, infectious diseases fellows, advanced practitioners, and practitioners in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP)-funded clinics and programs who are new to the field of HIV patient care. It is also relevant for clinicians who are interested in a review of the field. In the webinar, experts in the field will describe the core principles of HIV management, including pathogenesis of HIV infection, mechanism of action of antiretroviral drugs, initiating antiretroviral therapy, and primary care for people with HIV.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this webinar, learners will be able to describe:

  • Events of early HIV infection
  • Laboratory markers following HIV acquisition
  • Basic mechanisms of antiretroviral therapy
  • Antiretroviral regimens based on patient parameters
  • Primary care recommendations for people with HIV


Who Should Attend

This webinar is designed for clinical decision makers who are in training, new to, or are interested in a review of HIV patient care, including physicians, physician assistants, nursing professionals, pharmacists, and other health care professionals.

Though attendance for the 2021 Ryan White HIV/AIDS CLINICAL CONFERENCE is limited to HIV physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and primary clinical decision makers in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP)-funded clinics and programs, registration for this webinar is open to all.

Individual registration is required in order to receive CME credit or a certificate of participation.

Registration closes on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 10:00 AM (PT).

Certificates will be available after the completion of the evaluation and claim form.

For more information or questions, please contact the registration department at or 415-544-9400.

Conflicts of Interest

In the interest of maintaining the independence of its CME activities, and in accordance with the policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the IAS–USA requires all persons with control of content (eg, faculty, IAS–USA Board members, and program staff) to disclose any financial relationships that they or their spouses or partners have had with commercial companies within the past 12 months. Any real or apparent conflicts of interest of those parties are resolved prior to the CME activity being delivered. Individuals who refuse to disclose financial interests may not participate in an IAS–USA CME activity.

The ACCME defines ineligible companies as those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Presenter Disclosure

Dr Gandhi has served as a consultant or advisor to Merck & Co, Inc. (Updated 06/21/21)

Dr Saag has received research grants and support awarded to his institution from Gilead Sciences, Inc, and ViiV Healthcare. (Updated 06/21/21)

Dr Thompson’s institution has received grants for research from Bristol Myers Squibb, Frontier Biotechnologies, CytoDyn, Inc, Cepheid, Inc, Gilead Sciences, Inc, Merck & Co, Inc, and ViiV Healthcare. Her spouse is employed by Myeloid Therapeutics. (Updated 01/28/21)

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Continuing Education Credits

CME Credits

The International Antiviral Society–USA (IAS–USA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The IAS–USA designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


ABIM MOCSuccessful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 2.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Nursing Credits

These activities are eligible for ANCC credit, see final CNE activity announcement for specific details.

Pharmacy Credits

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education logoAccreditation Council for Pharmacy Education logoThese activities are eligible for ACPE credit, see final CPE activity announcement for specific details.

Grant Support

This webinar is part of the 2021 Ryan White HIV/AIDS CLINICAL CONFERENCE. The 2021 CLINICAL CONFERENCE is planned with and supported by the HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) and is sponsored and organized by the International Antiviral Society-USA (IAS-USA). This conference is coordinated through the RWHAP AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) clinician training network.

This conference is funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1OHA28686 (AIDS Education and Training Center National Coordinating Resource Center) awarded François-Xavier Bagnoud Center from the Rutgers University School of Nursing with a sub award to International Antiviral Society–USA (IAS–USA) to sponsor this CME activity.

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