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Drugs and HIV in People Over 50

About the Course:

This course discusses HIV and substance abusing in the aging population. Other comorbidities examined are alcohol and smoking tobacco. The first article includes: the prevalence of substance use among older people living with HIV (OPLWH), comorbidities of OLPWH, psychosocial influences on OLPWH who use substances, recommendations for care providers, training/continuing education needs for staff in facilities with OPLWH. The second article is a pilot study that examines the prevalence of substance misuse among OLPWH, breaking down specific drug use in the population.

This course is based on the article, Substance Use Among Older People Living With HIV: Challenges for Health Care Providers created Sherry Deren et al on April of 2019 and the article, Drug use among HIV+ adults aged 50 and older: Findings from the GOLD II Study created by Danielle C. Ompad et al in November of 2016.

Publication Date:

April 24, 2019 and March 5, 2018 Apr 2019

Course Material Authors

Sherry Deren

Sherry Deren is Founding Director Emeritus of the NIDA-funded P30 Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR). Dr. Deren is a social psychologist, and has been Principal Investigator for many NIDA-funded research projects related to drug use and HIV. She has served on numerous NIH research review committees, and is an author of over 150 articles related to HIV/AIDS among high-risk substance users.

Danielle C. Ompad

Danielle C. Ompad is the Deputy Director for CDUHR and Director of CDUHR’s Dissemination & Implementation Core.  She is also an Associate Professor at NYU’s School of Global Public Health.  Dr. Ompad is an infectious disease epidemiologist with extensive experience in design, conduct, and analysis of community-based cross-sectional and prospective studies.  Her research interests include illicit substance use, sexual risk behaviors, infectious diseases (e.g., HIV, HBV, HCV, HSV, and HPV), adult access to vaccines, and urban health.  She has studied HIV risk, and social determinants of that risk, among drug using populations in the US (Baltimore and New York, in particular), Ukraine, and Russia.  She has published multiple artcles in peer reviewed journals.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin

L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the older HIV population has a strong prevelance of substance misuse, that is not being adequately treated.

  2. Identify the screeng tool and model best used with this population

  3. Summarize the prevelance of specificc drugs in this population.

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American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)

2.25 CE Credit hours

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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

2.25 CPD hours

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National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

2.25 CE Credit hours

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Substance Use Among Older People Living With HIV: Challenges for Health Care Providers

Questions on the exam come from both article

Drug use among HIV+ adults aged 50 and older: Findings from the GOLD II Study

Questions on the exam come from both articles.

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Course Number 102852
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