Taking a Sexual History to Reduce HIV Risk

This module explores how to take a sexual history to reduce risk of HIV and other STIs as well as defines some relevant terminology for discussing sex. Discusses motivational interviewing techniques and describes how to talk about lifestyle changes with patients. Includes a role play demonstration of key concepts.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this module, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe how provider body language can increase or decrease patient comfort level.
  • Increase accuracy in assessing HIV and STI risk by minimizing barriers to discussing sexual practices.
  • Apply concepts of motivational interviewing to taking a sexual history.
  • Integrate appropriate language into patient interactions.

Disclaimer 

The material presented in this continuing medical education program is being made available for educational purposes and does not reflect the official views or policies of the DC Department of Health unless explicitly stated.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 ACPE Pharmacist
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
  • 1.50 ACPE Pharmacy technician
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 1.50 Completion
Course opens: 
04/28/2020
Course expires: 
04/28/2024

Sarah Calabrese, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology 
The George Washington University Department of Psychology
 
Bio
Dr. Calabrese's research focuses on sexual health promotion among Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and other socially marginalized groups. A key component of this work is identifying and addressing barriers to HIV prevention, including inequities in access to biomedical prevention resources such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). More broadly, Dr. Calabrese is interested in sexual stereotypes and discrimination in the context of health. 

Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD

Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology and Department of Family Medicine 
Georgetown University Medical Center
 
Bio
Dr. Fugh-Berman teaches courses on medicinal plants and evidence-based medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. She directs PharmedOut, a GUMC project that advances evidence-based prescribing. Her research focuses on pharmaceutical marketing practices and the culture of medicine.

Travis Gayles, MD, PhD

Chief Medical Officer
Division Chief, Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Tuberculosis
District of Columbia Department of Health
 
Bio 
Dr. Travis Gayles serves as the Chief Medical Officer and the Division Chief for the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Tuberculosis with the District of Columbia Department of Health.

W. David Hardy, MD

Senior Director of Evidence-Based Practices
Whitman-Walker Health
 
Bio
Dr. W. David Hardy currently serves as Senior Director of Evidence-based Practices, leader of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group clinical research site (CRS), Principle Investigator (PI) of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study site, co-PI of the DC Cohort site and a HIV/primary care provider at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hardy has cared for persons with HIV infection since 1982 and conducted research on the disease since 1984. Initially, he focused on treatment and prevention of opportunistic infections and currently works on antiretroviral agents, immunotherapies and hepatitis treatments as well as retroviral vector research and gene therapy.

Raymond C. Martins, MD

Senior Director of Clinical Education and Training
Whitman-Walker Health
 
Bio
Dr. Martins is the Senior Director of Clinical Education and Training at Whitman-Walker Health, where he guides clinicians’ academic development and advocates for high-quality health care to diverse audiences including academic centers, the DC government, and Congress. Previously, he served as Chief Medical Officer at Whitman-Walker, where he managed direct patient care and guided all quality improvement, academic development, and research activities. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, and has focused interest in HIV, LGBT health and medical education.

Kofi Onumah, PharmD, RPh

Pharmacist Inspector, Pharmaceutical Control Division 
Director, The DC Center for Rational Prescribing 
District of Columbia Department of Health
 
Bio 
Dr. Onumah serves as a Pharmacist Inspector with the District of Columbia Department of Health. Dr. Onumah also directs the DC Center for Rational Prescribing (DCRx). Dr. Onumah has practiced pharmacy in the pharmacy benefit management industry, as well as the community and long term care setting. Dr. Onumah has a genuine passion for evidence-based value add interventions that improve healthcare outcomes. Dr. Onumah also helped implement the District of Columbia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

Caroline Sparks, PhD, MA

Associate Professor, Department of Prevention and Community Health
The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
 
Bio
Dr. Sparks is a licensed psychologist with expertise in behavioral health and adolescent psychology. Dr. Sparks teaches graduate-level courses in program design and evaluation, behavior change, motivational interviewing, and public health advocacy. In both her teaching and research, Dr. Sparks promotes the value of community-level interventions to address public health challenges. She has developed and evaluated programs to promote tobacco-free environments and HIV/AIDS education, and to prevent violence against women.

Susan F. Wood, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
Director, Jacobs Institute of Women's Health 
The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
 
Bio 
Dr. Wood's work at GW and public advocacy focuses on the use of scientific knowledge in public policy. She previously was Assistant Commissioner for Women's Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and directed the FDA Office of Women's Health from 2000 - 2005 when she resigned on principle over continued delay of approval of emergency contraception over-the-counter. Prior to the FDA, Dr. Wood was the Director of Policy and Program Development at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health. From 1990 - 1995, Dr. Wood worked on Capitol Hill as professional staff for the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. Initially as Science Advisor and later as Deputy Director to the Caucus, Dr. Wood helped develop and promote the Women's Health Equity Act.
 

 

Physicians 

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA Physician Recognition Award Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 

PHARMACISTS AND PHARMACY TECHNICIANS 

The George Washington University Hospital, Department of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

 
ACPE#: 0536-9999-20-011-H02-P
ACPE#: 0536-9999-20-011-H02-T
Release Date: September 15, 2020
Expiration Date: September 15, 2023
CE Credits: 1.5 (0.15 CEUs)

Available Credit

  • 1.50 ACPE Pharmacist
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
  • 1.50 ACPE Pharmacy technician
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 1.50 Completion
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