Course Description


This conference is designed for physicians, pharmacists, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other health care professionals and will provide the information they need to meet the existing and emerging challenges of diagnosing and treating patients infected with HIV and/or hepatitis C (HCV). Experts will present the latest information on diagnosing and treating persons with those diseases and with other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the primary care setting and answer questions from attendees. Workshops will present emerging strategies for dealing with specific problems in HIV, HCV, and STI care today and offer the opportunity for experienced clinicians to debate specific approaches to treatment.

This conference will focus on the clinical and public health aspects of HIV/AIDS/HCV/STIs. Consequently, this conference is also intended for health professionals from public health agencies.


At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology and pathology of HIV and AIDS.
  • Explain the role of social and behavioral factors in the provision of biomedical HIV prevention.
  • Discuss laboratory testing and diagnosis of HCV infection.

Statement of Need

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are more than 1,000,000 million people living with HIV infection in the United States and about 24% of them are unaware of their infection. Experts estimate that approximately 750,000 people in the United States are infected with HIV and use the clinical care delivery system. Typically, these patients receive regular HIV care through their primary care clinician. With advances in treatment modalities, more Americans who are infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections are living an improved quality of life. However, with longer survival come long-term side effects of medications, increased medication management, greater need to maintain long-term adherence, and continued need for prevention of transmission.

Continuing Medical Education Credit

This live activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) through the joint sponsorship of the School of Public Health, University at Albany (NY), and the University of Rochester Medical Center. The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.00 American Medical Association PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy Statement

It is the policy of the University of Rochester Medical Center to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all sponsored or jointly sponsored educational activities. All individuals who are in a position to control the content of the educational activity (course/activity directors, planning committee members, staff, teachers, or authors of CME) must disclose all relevant financial relationships they have with any commercial interest(s) as well as the nature of the relationship. Financial relationships of the individual's spouse or partner must also be disclosed, if the nature of the relationship could influence the objectivity of the individual in a position to control the content of the CME. The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) describes relevant financial relationships as those in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. Individuals who refuse to disclose will be disqualified from participation in the development, management, presentation, or evaluation of the CME activity.

Continuing Nursing Education Credit

The School of Public Health, University at Albany (NY) is an approved provider of continuing nurse education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 6.00 nursing contact hours.

Continuing Pharmacy Education Credit

The Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY) has approved this program for 6.0 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit or 0.6 CEUs. PSSNY is nationally accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) to provide continuing education to pharmacists. The ACPE universal activity number (UAN) for this program is: 0170-9999-14-040-L02-P

Conference Information

Friday, May 9, 2014
7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Conference Check-in from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.)

RIT Inn & Conference Center
5257 West Henrietta Road
Henrietta, New York 14467-9314

Driving directions to the RIT Inn & Conference Center.


Thomas Della Porta, MS
Senior Health Project Coordinator
Clinical Education Initiative
Infectious Disease Division
University of Rochester Medical Center

Email: thomas_dellaporta@

Phone: (585) 275-7655

Monica Barbosu, PhD
Clinical Education Initiative
Infectious Disease Division
University of Rochester Medical Center

Email: monica_barbosu@

Phone: (585) 276-5086