EM2002L "Getting to Zero: PrEP and the Internist's Role in HIV Prevention" (IM GR-020720)

This purpose of this lecture is to educate and empower internists to participate in HIV prevention by increasing HIV testing, referral for treatment, and prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

The lecture will review the current state of the epidemic both nationally and here in Dallas, highlighting disparities in risk. We will discuss key strategies in ending the epidemic, including early diagnosis, treatment as prevention, and pre-exposure prophylaxis. The focus will be on PrEP, which is a highly effective, safe, and cost-effective method of HIV prevention. PrEP is now the standard of care to prevent HIV in those at risk, and we need to empower primary care providers to provide PrEP to their patients.

Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand the USPSTF HIV screening guidelines to test all patients for HIV, regardless of risk factors.
  • Understand the effectiveness of HIV treatment as prevention and the importance of early treatment.
  • Identify patients at substantial risk for HIV and indications for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
  • Refer appropriate patients to PrEP services or prescribe PrEP to patients at substantial risk for HIV.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: Helen King, M.D.Helen King, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Infectious Disease & Geographic Medicine

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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