HIV/AIDS Update-Technician

HIV/AIDS Update-Technician



Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is an infection that attacks the body’s immune system. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is the most advanced stage of the disease.


Key Facts by World Health Organization:

  • HIV is a major global public health issue claiming the lives of more than 40 million
  • 650,000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.5 million people acquired HIV in 2021
  • There is still no cure for HIV infection, but information and access have increased tremendously. Knowledge of effective HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment, including for opportunistic infections, has allowed HIV infection to become a manageable chronic health condition, allowing people to live long and healthy lives. Pharmacists and technicians play a vital role as frontline workers in educating patients on treatment options, maintaining compliance and preventive strategies.

As a part of the biennial renewal, pharmacy technicians are required to complete an initial (1) hour Florida Board of Pharmacy approved course on HIV/AIDS. The one-one (1) hour course must include the modes of transmission, including transmission from a healthcare worker to a patient and the patient to the healthcare worker; infection control procedures, including universal precautions; epidemiology of the disease; related infections including tuberculosis (TB); clinical management; prevention; and current Florida law on AIDS and its impact on testing, confidentiality of test results, and treatment of patients. In order to meet this requirement, licensees must demonstrate that the course includes information on the State of Florida law on HIV/AIDS and its impact on testing, reporting, the offering of HIV testing to pregnant women, and partner notification issues pursuant to Sections 381.004 and 384.25, F.S. Any HIV/AIDS continuing education course taken during the second or subsequent renewal of licensure may be applied to satisfy the technician continuing education hours requirement.


At the completion of this home study activity, pharmacy technicians will be able to: Identify methods of transmission of HIV/AIDS; List medication agents used to treat HIV/AIDS; Recognize the importance of compliance and the results of opportunistic infections which may occur in patients; Identify ways the technician can provide care for HIV infected patients; Explain current Florida law on HIV/AIDS and its impact on testing, reporting and partner notification.

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This home study activity is targeted to pharmacy technicians.



iCARE Pharmacy Services, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  One (1) contact hour is available upon completion of the posttest questions and evaluation form.  Participants must pass the exam with a score of 70% or better. There will be an additional opportunity to retake the posttest if the participant does not pass. This is an ACPE knowledge-based activity.  Initial Release Date: August 15, 2023.  Expiration Date:  August 15, 2026. UAN:  0675-0000-23-015-H02-T. Florida Board of Pharmacy approval number 20-1097292.


Briana S. Journée, PharmD, MBA, CPh, AAHIVP, Medical Science Liaison, Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceuticals



There are not any conflicts of interests in relation to this home study activity.


It is the policy of iCARE Pharmacy Services, Inc. to ensure accurate and non-bias information in accordance with the latest available evidence-based scientific knowledge in all continuing education activities.

The author(s) involved have made reasonable efforts to ensure that information contained herein is accurate and current in accordance with the latest available scientific knowledge at the time of this activity. Participants are advised to review the manufacturer's package insert prior to dispensing or administering any medication/vaccine as information regarding medications (administration, dosages, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, special warnings, precautions, etc.) is subject to change. Special precautions should be taken when a medication is new, highly toxic, or unfamiliar to the participant. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance their knowledge base, meet their personal/professional development and improve patient outcomes.