Advances in Testing for HIV and HCV

Bernard M. Branson, MD
Director, Scientific Affairs LLC
Atlanta, GA

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About the Presenter: Top of page

Bernard Branson has been involved with HIV testing for more than 30 years. He was the lead author of CDC’s 2006 recommendations for HIV screening in health care settings and, most recently, the June 2014 HIV testing recommendations that updated the U.S. laboratory HIV testing algorithm for the first time in 25 years. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and completed his post-graduate clinical training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Branson joined the CDC in 1990 and served as Associate Director for Laboratory Diagnostics in CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention for eleven years until his retirement in October 2014. Since then, Dr. Branson has provided expert consultation, developed continuing medical education activities, and devoted his efforts to disseminating information about HIV testing and promoting the adoption of biomedical interventions (such as treatment to achieve HIV viral suppression and pre-exposure prophylaxis) that hold promise for bringing an end to the scourge of HIV.

Learning Objectives: Top of page

At the completion of this educational session, learners will:
  • Compare the relative sensitivity of FDA-approved HIV tests during seroconversion.
  • Describe the recommended sequence of tests for the diagnosis of HIV and active HCV infections.
  • Appreciate the benefits of screening for undiagnosed HIV and HCV infections and for acute HIV infection.
  • Interpret results of HIV tests that have recently received FDA approval and describe new tests on the horizon.

CME Information: Top of page

This CME activity was approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ on August 11, 2015 and will terminate August, 2018.

The target audience is all physicians, NPs and PAs involved or interested in HIV education.

This online video and post-activity evaluation are one hour in length.
  • After you complete the video portion of this educational activity there will be a post-activity evaluation and quiz.
  • You must achieve at least 70% correct to receive your CME certificate.
  • If successful, you will be provided instructions to print your CME certificate at the completion of this activity.
  • Accreditation Statement: Top of page

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) and the Physicians’ Research Network (PRN). MSSNY is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with extent of their participation in the activity.

    Disclosure Statement: Top of page

    Policies and standards of MSSNY require that speakers and planners for CME activities disclose any relevant financial relationships they may have with commercial interests whose products, devices or services may be discussed in the content of a CME activity.
  • Dr. James Braun (Planner/Course Director) had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Dr. Branson (Presenter) had the following personal financial relationships in the previous 12 months with manufacturers of the products or services that may be presented in this CME activity: Consulting fee from Cepheid, and Chembio Diagnostics. Dr. Branson submitted his slides in advance for adequate peer review, and will support his presentation and clinical recommendations with the best available evidence from the medical literature.
  • Financial Support: Top of page

    This PRN CME activity is funded in part by unrestricted educational grants from: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, Merck & Co, and ViiV Healthcare.

    How to Obtain CME Credit: Top of page

    To obtain CME credit for this and other PRN programs, please visit the PRN Courses page at the Clinical Education Initiative (CEI) web site. PRN and the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) jointly sponsor PRN enduring materials for CME, and provide them at no cost to the AIDS Institute of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for broadcast through the CEI. We thank the NYSDOH for making our CME programs available to a wider audience, and hope you will also browse the many other educational opportunities offered by the CEI.

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