Dr. Bernard Branson has been involved with HIV testing for more than 30 years. He was the lead author of CDC’s 2006 revised recommendations for HIV screening in health care settings and, most recently, the June 2014 HIV testing recommendations that updated the U.S. laboratory HIV testing algorithm for the first time in 25 years. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and completed his postgraduate clinical training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Branson joined the CDC in 1990 and served as Associate Director for Laboratory Diagnostics in CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention for eleven years prior to his retirement in October 2014. Since then, Dr. Branson has provided expert consultation on HIV diagnostics, developed continuing medical education activities, and devoted his efforts to promoting the adoption of biomedical interventions such as treatment to achieve HIV viral suppression and pre-exposure prophylaxis.
At the completion of this educational session, learners will:
- Understand the new methods used to test for HIV antibody and antigen.
- Describe new estimates for the window period duration for different tests.
- Appreciate how treatment during early infection and PrEP can each affect HIV test results.
- Be aware of pending changes in FDA regulation of HIV tests and how it might affect access to new assays.
This CME activity has approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
on June 18, 2019 and will terminate June 17, 2022.
The target audience is all physicians, NPs and PAs involved or interested in HIV education.
This online video and post-activity evaluation are one hour in length.
After you complete the video portion of this educational activity there will be a post-activity evaluation and quiz.
You must achieve at least 70% correct to receive your CME certificate.
If successful, you will be provided instructions to print your CME certificate at the completion of this activity.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the 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 ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with extent of their participation in the activity.
Policies and standards of MSSNY require that speakers and planners for CME 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 Braun (Planner/Course Director) had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Dr. Bernard M. Branson (Presenter) had the following personal financial relationships in the previous 12 months with manufacturers of the products or services that may be presented in this CME activity: Consultant to Gilead, and Chembio. Dr. Branson submitted his slides in advance for adequate peer review, and will support his presentation and clinical recommendations with the best available evidence from the medical literature.
This PRN CME activity is funded in part by unrestricted educational grants from:
Gilead Sciences; Janssen Therapeutics, a division of Janssen Products, LP; and Merck & Co.
To obtain CME credit for this PRN program, please visit the PRN Courses Page
at the Clinical Education Initiative (CEI) web site. PRN and the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) jointly sponsor PRN enduring materials for CME, and provide them at no cost to the AIDS Institute of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for broadcast through the CEI. We thank the NYSDOH for making our CME programs available to a wider audience, and hope you will also browse the many other educational opportunities offered by the CEI.