Practical Solutions Across the Spectrum of Care - Rapid ART

Infectious Diseases
Challenges and Opportunities in HIV: Practical Solutions Across the Spectrum of Care Rapid ART
0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Launch Date:
November 20, 2020
Expiration Date:
The accreditation for this activity has expired.

Primary Audience:

Infectious Disease Physicians, HIV Specialist Physicians

Relevant Terms:

HIV, antiretroviral therapy, wraparound, rapid ART, peer navigator

Aadia I. Rana, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama

Dr. Aadia Rana is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and an associate scientist with the UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). She received her medical degree from UAB, completed a residency at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, and a fellowship in infectious diseases from Brown University in Rhode Island. Dr. Rana's research focuses primarily on disparities in access and adherence to medical treatment among people living with HIV, and implementation of evidence-based interventions to improve engagement with HIV care. Her work incorporates health services research, behavioral sciences, social sciences, and clinical medicine. She has a career developmental grant from the National Institute of Mental Health evaluating postpartum retention in HIV care in Mississippi, and is cochair of an AIDS Clinical Trials Group randomized control trial testing a strategy of long-acting injectable antiretroviral therapy with conditional economic incentives in HIV-infected patients with a history of nonadherence. She is also codirector of the UAB CFAR’s Ending HIV in Alabama Scientific Working Group, which includes a broad range of clinical, epidemiologic, sociobehavioral researchers as well as community and public health partners catalyzing Birmingham and Alabama’s progression toward the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals.

Jason Halperin, MD, MPH 

HIV/ID Innovation Medical Leader
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Tulane University
School of Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana

Dr. Jason Halperin is an assistant professor of medicine at Tulane University’s School of Medicine and HIV/ID Innovation Medical Leader at CrescentCare. He received his master of public health from Columbia University in New York, New York in 2006, and went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont, in 2010. He fulfilled a residency at the Tulane University Department of Internal Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, and served on the Tulane University Medical Center Ethics Committee. Following residency, Dr. Halperin completed an infectious diseases fellowship at New York University in New York, New York, then returned to New Orleans in 2015 to join CrescentCare. His areas of interest are HIV, hepatitis C virus, and HIV prevention services, such as preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Dr. Halperin strongly believes in the importance of clinical research and is implementing clinical trials at CrescentCare.

1. Identify real-world strategies to overcome system-based, clinic-level, and patient-centered barriers to rapid ART initiation.

This activity is jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Integritas Communications.

Supported by an independent educational grant from Gilead Sciences, Inc. 

Release date: November 20, 2020

Expiration date: January 5, 2022

Estimated time to complete activity: 0.5 hours


This activity is intended for infectious disease and HIV specialist physicians and other clinicians involved in the care of patients with HIV infection.


Upon completion of this program, the participant should be better able to:

  • Identify real-world strategies to overcome system-based, clinic-level, and patient-centered barriers to rapid antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation


Rapid antiretroviral therapy (ART), or initiating treatment immediately upon diagnosis, is becoming the new standard of care in HIV. Patients are interested in rapid ART and clinicians are working to modify clinic structures and expand resources to provide care for these patients. There are, however, multiple barriers that can slow the transition to a rapid ART-centered clinic. This activity provides insight into when, how, and why to initiate rapid ART. Clinic scenarios and faculty commentary provide detailed information about structural and administrative changes in the clinic that can facilitate rapid ART and optimal ways to provide not only HIV care but also wraparound services to address patient needs outside of HIV management. 


Jason Halperin, MD, MPH

HIV/ID Innovation Medical Leader


Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Tulane University School of Medicine

New Orleans, Louisiana


Aadia I. Rana, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Division of Infectious Diseases

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Integritas Communications. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.


The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period November 20, 2020 through November 20, 2021, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and study the educational activity. 

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The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouses/life partners have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Jason Halperin, MD, MPHS

Nothing to disclose.

Aadia I. Rana, MD                                                            

Nothing to disclose.

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This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the US Food and Drug Administration. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.  The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.


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