Treat HIV With Primary Care

Gain HIV specialty care knowledge in order to increase patient retention and decrease referral costs. Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers, case managers, mental health specialists, community health workers and peer educators are encouraged to participate in this ECHO, which convenes from noon to 1 p.m. the second Thursday of each month.



In the United States, 1.2 million people live with HIV, and 15 percent are unaware of their infection. By building a virtual learning community, the HIV ECHO will help primary care providers:

  • Apply effective HIV prevention strategies in order to eliminate the spread of HIV
  • Diagnose, manage and treat common sexually transmitted infections, particularly HIV
  • Combat HIV stigma in order to increase patient engagement and retention in HIV care

Curriculum for Case-Based Learning and Discussion

  • HIV Treatment and Testing
  • HIV Stigma and Unconscious Bias
  • Getting to Zero: Engagement and Retention
  • Mental Health Considerations
  • Biomedical Prevention: PrEP/PEP
  • STI Testing Update
  • 2018 Epidemiologic Trends

Meet the Expert Team

Blair Thedinger, MD, Physician, KC CARE Health Center

Mark Sawkin, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, University of Missouri – Kansas City

Krista Palacios-Castrejon, RN, HIV Nurse, KC CARE Health Center

Melissa Smith, LMSW, HIV Medical Case Management Expert, KC CARE Health Center

LaTrischa Miles, BA, Treatment Adherence Expert, KC CARE Health Center

Jason Swartwood, LCSW, Behavioral Health Expert, KC CARE Health Center


AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC)
Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center (MATEC)

CME Information

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.