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Individualizing Sexual Health Care: A Virtual Patient Simulation

  • Authors: Michelle S. Cespedes, MD; Babafemi O. Taiwo, MBBS
  • CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 4/22/2022; Reviewed and Renewed: 4/25/2023
  • Valid for credit through: 4/25/2024, 11:59 PM EST
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    Physicians - maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

    ABIM Diplomates - maximum of 1.00 ABIM MOC points

    Nurses - 1.00 ANCC Contact Hour(s) (0.5 contact hours are in the area of pharmacology)

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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for primary care providers, infectious disease and HIV specialists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.

The goal of this activity is to provide clinicians who treat patients with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with the latest scientific data and guideline-based clinical concepts to optimize patient care.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Demonstrate improved performance associated with
    • Conducting appropriate sexual health screening
    • Ordering appropriate individualized therapy based on the results of sexual health screening
    • Ordering appropriate non-pharmacologic interventions based on the results of sexual health screening


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  • Michelle S. Cespedes, MD

    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Division of Infectious Diseases
    Mount Sinai Hospital
    New York, New York


    Disclosure: Michelle S. Cespedes, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
    Served as an advisor or consultant for: Gilead Sciences; Viiv Healthcare

  • ​Babafemi O. Taiwo, MBBS

    Chief of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine
    Gene Stollerman Professor of Medicine
    Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
    Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
    Chicago, Illinois


    Disclosure: Babafemi O. Taiwo, MBBS, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
    Served as an advisor or consultant for: Janssen; Merck; Viiv Healthcare


  • Karen Badal, MD, MPH

    Senior Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Karen Badal, MD, MPH, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.


  • David Lemler, PhD

    Associate Medical Writer, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: David Lemler, PhD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


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Individualizing Sexual Health Care: A Virtual Patient Simulation


Editor’s Note: Since the publication of this activity, updates have been made to the Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in Adults and Adolescents with HIV. The changes that are relevant to the case relate to laboratory monitoring before and after initiation or modification of antiretroviral therapy, as well as initial treatment regimen recommendations. Please refer to the latest recommendations for more detailed information:

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