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PRN Meeting: October 11, 2023 Jointly provided by the Medical Society of the State of New York, at a Zoom webinar, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m (EST).

Target Audience:

Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants caring for people at risk for, or infected with HIV and/or viral hepatitis.

Course Director: James F. Braun, DO, President & Program Planner, Physicians' Research Network

Moderator: Peter J. Meacher, MD, Department of Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital, Director of LGBTQ Care, Western Region of Northwell Health, New York, NY

Guest Speakers and Presentations:

Update on Hepatitis B and D in People With or At-Risk for HIV Coinfection

Debika Bhattacharya, MD, MSc

Clinical Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
University of California Los Angeles

The risks for hepatitis B and D lurk in the background for anyone with or at-risk for HIV. It is particularly important to keep this in mind when patients initiate or change medications for HIV and PrEP. Of course, we have had safe and effective vaccinations to prevent hepatitis B for many years, but for patients who have a history of hepatitis B, and are therefore at risk for hepatitis D, additional monitoring is necessary, and extra caution is advised when changing HIV treatment or prevention strategies, to guard against hepatic flare or rebound.  In this important program, Dr. Debika Bhattacharya. the Chair of the Hepatitis Transformative Science Group (TSG) within the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), will address these issues and provide updates in the management of hepatitis B and D.

At the completion of this educational activity learners will:
1. Know about risks for hepatitis B and D in People with or At Risk for HIV Co-Infection.
2. Understand HBV prevention strategies in those with HIV.
3. Be aware of current HBV management considerations in those living with HIV.

2023 Update on Immunization Recommendations for Individuals With and At-risk for HIV Disease

Denise H. Benkel, MD, MPH

Medical Specialist, Bureau of Immunization
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY

Preventive measures, including prophylaxis, have always been a critical part of HIV medicine. Vaccines play a special role as a scalable modality to reduce epidemic diseases worldwide. In our current times we must rebut misinformation about vaccine safety and efficacy to keep our patients fully updated with the immunizations they need to maintain optimal health. When our patients return for routine HIV or PrEP follow-up, we all have an ideal opportunity to evaluate and encourage recommended vaccines. Please join us for this update by Dr. Denise Benkel from the NYC DOH Bureau of Immunization about what we can do now. There is no time to lose!

At the completion of this educational activity learners will:
1. Be aware of the current recommendations for vaccines in individuals with and at-risk for HIV disease.
2. Understand strategies to increase immunization and immunization acceptance.
3. Know where to find up-to-date immunization recommendations on the web from reputable sources.

Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) and the Physicians’ Research Network (PRN). MSSNY is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing Medical Education for physicians.

The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this live activity for a maximum 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC Recognition Statement:

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 2 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Policies and standards of the Medical Society of the State of New York and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education require that speakers and planners for continuing medical education activities disclose any relevant financial relationships they may have with commercial interests whose products, devices, or services may be discussed in the content of a CME activity.
- Dr. James F. Braun (Course Director/Planner) has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Financial Support:

This PRN CME activity is funded in part by unrestricted educational grants from:
Gilead Sciences; Janssen Therapeutics, a division of Janssen Products, LP; Merck & Co.; and ViiV Healthcare

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