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Clinical focus: HIV infection


Articles (HIV infection)

Pathology and disease progression
Our knowledge of HIV has grown since the virus’s discovery in the 1980s. Globally, 33 million people are now infected
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Combination antiretroviral therapy
Since the advent of combination antiretroviral therapy in the mid-1990s HIV-infected individuals are now living longer with improved quality of life. Medication adherence is vital for successful treatment   
PDF (320K)


October 2009’s questions are based on the CLINICAL FOCUS articles on HIV infection, which were commissioned from independent authors.

The information below helps you to identify knowledge gaps and undertake continuing professional development.

The questions can be viewed/printed as a PDF (40K)

Clinical Pharmacist Life-long learning


This online module is closed; the answers are here


How to undertake continuing professional development

Identify knowledge gaps

  • What is HIV and how does it replicate?
  • What is the typical progression of HIV infection and when does AIDS occur?
  • What medicines are used for combination antiretroviral therapy and how is treatment monitored?
  • How might treatment success be limited by side effects and drug interactions?


  • Read the CLINICAL FOCUS articles in this issue (pp387-99)


  • What have you learnt?
  • How has it added to the value of your practice?
  • What will you do now and how will this be achieved?

The questions on substance misuse have been accredited by the College of Pharmacy Practice against the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s general and hospital practice areas of competence, accessible via the Society’s continuing professional development website

Reading the CLINICAL FOCUS articles and completing the questions online will help readers to fulfil aspects of the following competency areas, depending on their area of practice and application of learning: G1, G5, G8, G9, HP1, HP2, HP4, HP5, HP10.

College of Pharmacy Practice

Completion of this Lifelong Learning module entitles undergraduates to one point towards the Professional Development Certificate, a joint initiative of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association and the college.

The assistance of the CPP is acknowledged in producing the CPD elements of October 2009’s CLINICAL FOCUS.

Citation: Clinical Pharmacist URI: 10980719

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