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HIV: clinical review

HIV: clinical review

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Clinical Review

Time to Complete

1.5 hours


July 26, 2017


April 6, 2018

Programme Description

This article, updated in 2017 by Dr Laura Waters, considers the role of rapid HIV tests, referring newly diagnosed patients and useful baseline assessments. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include recognising symptoms and illnesses that often coexist with HIV, and the impact of late diagnosis.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Describe the ways in which HIV is acquired
  • Discuss the mechanisms through which HIV causes disease
  • Recognise presentations of patients that may indicate the diagnosis of HIV
  • Understand the different drugs used to treat HIV
  • Communicate to patients the importance of compliance with antiretroviral medication
  • Readers' comments

    ‘Details clearly explained.'

    ‘I found the case review in the module interesting.'

    ‘Very good module.'


    Activity authors
    Dr Charlotte Hopkins and Dr R Monica Lascar
    Consultants in HIV and genitourinary medicine
    Whipps Cross University Hospital,

    Updated in 2017 by:
    Dr Laura Waters
    Trustee of Terrence Higgins Trust and consultant GU/HIV medicine
    HIV & hepatitis lead Central and North West London
    Mortimer Market Centre

    Test author
    MIMS Learning Editor


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1.5 learning credits (1.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


    Hardware and Software Requirements
    • A computer with an internet connection
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
    • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required