Educating Medical Assistants About HIV and AIDS

Course Overview

If working in the healthcare field, employees and students should understand that they may be at risk to acquire certain diseases and/or bloodborne pathogens and infections.

Course Accreditation

This course has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 3 clinical/general CEUs. Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the course content or the course provider.

Author Information

Medical Program Director
Dr. Brian Dickens is a Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant (NRCMA) and subject matter expert in the medical assisting and allied health fields.

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Editorial Department
PO Box 5005
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Disclosure statement: Dr. Brian Dickens reports having no financial or advisory relationship with any corporate, medical, or political organization doing work related to this educational activity or other business activity.

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Intended Audience

This Educating Medical Assistants About HIV and AIDS training course is an overview of the functions that are generally performed by employees/students who have previously completed the respective training course. This course is intended to keep students/employees aware of the clinical importance of duties often performed in a front-office and back-office/clinic setting. It is developed for front-line supervisors, workers, and trainees.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Provide basic information about acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Understand the history of AIDS
  • Understand transmission, symptoms, and treatment of HIV and AIDS
  • Provide an overview of AIDS conditions
  • Understand common AIDS procedures and tests

Course outline

  • 1. Overview on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • 2. Where Did the Infectious Agent Originate?
  • 3. Symptoms and Treatment
  • 4. Methods of Testing
  • 5. Living With AIDS
  • 6. Protection From Infectious Agents
  • 7. References
  • 8. CE Test


This is a summary of essential elements of the Medical Assistant role as it pertains to neurology and is not a comprehensive guide to neurology compliance. Regulation by those that perform neurology duties and responsibilities as a Medical Assistant are obligated to comply with all of its requirements of the agencies and employer and should not refer to this program as a guide of legal information or advice.
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