Antiretroviral Therapy During Pregnancy

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Course Description

Course Name
Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) During Pregnancy
Main Learning Objectives
  • Understand the specifics of HIV infection in women
  • Learn the goals of ART
  • Understand the classes of ARVs, fetal/infant adverse effects, and recommendations for ARV drugs use, including the critical role of adherence
  • Know the side effects and toxicities of ART
  • Explain the issues and rationale for standardized ARV regimens for pregnant women in line with national and WHO protocols
  • Understand adherence factors
  • Describe PMTCT prophylaxis
  • Apply acquired knowledge in practical settings
Key Topics HIV infection and women, effects of pregnancy on HIV infection, main ARV drugs and fetal/infant adverse effects, basic principles of ART during pregnancy according to relevant national recommendations and WHO protocols for European Region (2006); issues to consider with ART in pregnancy; antenatal care and PMTCT prophylaxis, prophylaxis of OIs during pregnancy; ART for women who are IDUs; maintaining adherence and psychosocial counseling, post-exposure prophylaxis.
Basis of Curriculum, Key Teaching Documents and Materials provided
  • WHO HIV/AIDS Treatment and Care Protocols for European Region (2006)
  • Relevant national protocols and policies
  • 2007 Medical Management of HIV Infection, by John Bartlett, Joel Gallant
  • A Guide to the Clinical Care of Women with HIV, Jean Anderson, ed. (2001)
  • Comprehensive set of course slides and handouts
All materials available printed or electronically in Russian and English
Teaching Methods Presentation, small group discussion, role-play, case study, bed-side training.
Target Audience Ob/Gyns and infectious disease physicians who provide ART to pregnant women. Maximum class size: 18-24 participants.
Faculty Multidisciplinary, national.
Duration 3-day didactic/clinical course at a training facility affiliated with a site of clinical excellence.