Ep. 15: HIV Testing, Transmission & Treatment

Episode 15

HIV: Transmission, Prevention, Testing & Treatment

In Episode 15, Erin Everett, NP-C, AAHIVS, an HIV Specialist, provides an overview of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). During the episode, Erin discusses everything from HIV Symptoms and Transmission to HIV Prevention and Testing. She also covers the current rates of HIV diagnoses, as well as the efficacy and side effects of HIV Treatment medications.

About This Episode

In episode fifteen of Exclusively Inclusive, Erin Everett, NP-C, AAHIVS, discusses topics related to HIV.

During the episode, Erin, an HIV Specialist who is certified by the American Academy of HIV Medicine, discusses the most recent statistics on the rates of HIV diagnoses (37,832 new diagnoses in 2018), the disparities between different regions of the United States, and how 69% of new diagnoses are members of the LGBTQ community.

After giving an overview of what HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is and how it spreads in the body by attacking CD4 cells (T cells), Erin discusses early symptoms and the of the 3 Stages of HIV:

  • Stage 1 – Acute Infection (Patient is infected and virus replicates rapidly)
  • Stage 2 – Clinical Latency (Virus replicates at a much slower rate)
  • Stage 3 – Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome  (Patient’s CD4 count drops below 200, and is classified as AIDS)

Later on in the episode, Erin plays mythbusters on HIV Transmission, giving the facts on how the virus is spread, and details on who is at highest risk of contracting HIV. She also covers topic of HIV Testing and the various testing methods that are available and the accuracy of each type of test.

Rounding out the episode, Erin covers HIV Prevention with PrEP, the medications that are used to treat HIV, their effectiveness, and the associated side effects.

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HIV: Transmission, Prevention, Testing & Treatment