The goal of this course is for the nutrition professional to understand how the HIV virus alters the immune system and the nutritional ramifications from the virus and medications used to treat the disease. At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to —
- Discuss how the HIV virus infects immune cells and the damage it does to the immune system.
- Explain how the immune system recognizes self cells versus foreign cells.
- Discuss the relationship of the immune system, free radicals, the HIV virus and antioxidant nutrients.
- Determine the altered nutritional needs of people with HIV/AIDS, based on their disease status and drug regime.
- List the components of a nutrition assessment for people with HIV/AIDS.
- Describe how transmission of the HIV virus from mother to fetus can be decreased and how the HIV virus impacts the nutritional needs of a pregnant woman.
- Design a diet for people with HIV/AIDS to maximize immune function and minimize complications.
Gannett Education is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a Level 2 course. Suggested learning codes: 2000, 2060, 2070, 2090, 3000, 3020, 3090, 5000, 5120, 5250, 5270, 5390, 5420, 5430
Gannett Education is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This course is approved for continuing education clock hours by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM).