The objective of this course is to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of HIV self-testing, including its benefits, limitations, and proper use. Participants will garner a clear understanding of how HIV self-testing works in Maryland. They will also understand the importance of seeking confirmatory testing and counseling. Overall, this course aims to level set participants with a foundational knowledge and understanding of HIV self-testing that will enable them to make informed decisions and provide accurate information to their peers.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Describe HIV self-testing in Maryland.
  • Identify benefits and limitations of HIV self-testing.
  • Explain the importance of seeking confirmatory testing and counseling after receiving a reactive HIV self-test result.
  • Discuss confidentiality and informed consent.

In this webinar, medical professionals will learn short behavioral interventions they can use before, during, and after providing clients' with test results, to make the process more comfortable and relatable. Short behavioral interventions are based in human psychology and are practical, consistent, and short term. By implementing these interventions into daily practice, the goal is that clients', including those from special populations, will have a better experience in your office and a greater likelihood of behavior change.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss the role that human psychology plays in creating short behavioral interventions in medical practice.

  • List at least 3 practical things they can do to set the stage for conversations about test results.

  • Identify at least 3 practical things they can do to make the process of sharing test results more comfortable for the client.

  • Discuss how to adapt short behavioral interventions to special populations such as minors, sex workers, and people with different abilities.

  • Explain how personal bias may impact conversations about test results.

Faculty: Dr. Erin Halligan-Avery is the CEO, President, and Founder of ConcernCenter, Inc.

Note: This session does NOT offer continuing education credits.

Taking a patient’s sexual history allows healthcare professionals to provide high-quality patient care by appropriately assessing and screening individuals for a broad range of sexual health concerns. A sexual history should be taken as part of routine health care, as well as when there are symptoms or physical exam findings suggestive of STIs. This self-paced learning module will address the 6 P’s of sexual history taking and strategies to ensure a comprehensive and inclusive approach for all patients.

Release Date: August 14, 2023

Expiration Date: August 14, 2024

UAN:  JA4008162-9999-23-293-L02-P

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, pharmacists, registered nurses, PAs, psychologists, social workers and other healthcare providers engaged in the care of patients with HIV.

Educational Objectives

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

  • Recall the 6Ps of a sexual history
    • Identify opportunities to reduce barriers to sexual history taking
      • Apply strategies to incorporate a sexual history into patient visits


        Diane Bruessow MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA Yale School of Medicine

        Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

        Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires faculty, planners, and others in control of educational content to disclose all their financial relationships with ineligible companies. All identified conflicts of interest (COI) are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality accredited continuing education activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of an ineligible company.

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        Joint Accreditation Statement

        Jointly Accredited Provider: Interprofessional Continuing EducationIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and HealthHIV. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine 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.

        Physician Continuing Medical Education

        The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

        Continuing Nursing Education

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        Continuing Pharmacy Education

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        Continuing Physician Assistant Education

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        Continuing Social Work Education

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        Continuing Psychologist Education

        Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

        Credit Designation: This program offers 1 continuing education credits for psychologists.

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        Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

        This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


        Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient's conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.