HIV/AIDS: State of Washington Mandatory 2 Hour Training



Part 1. Etiology and Epidemiology of HIV and AIDS

Part 5. Ethical and Legal Issues





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Most everyone has been impacted by HIV and AIDS since the virus made its debut in the U.S. in the early 1980s. From the early days when little was known about the disease, except that people who were infected died, through the tremendous gains in research and treatment, as well as the massive public health educational effort, HIV has touched most of our lives. It is now not the automatic death sentence it once was.

Despite these gains, 56,300 people in the U.S. were newly infected with HIV in 2006; and worldwide there seems to be no end to its reach. This significant chronic illness remains lethal for many people. Even for those persons who are responding well to antiretroviral medications, there remain significant challenges in dealing with this chronic illness.

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