HIV 101: From Fear to Empowerment with Dr. James Simmons and Influential Guests

Dr. James Simmons and his guests shed light on how easy primary care HIV treatment is. Better understand the instrumental role you play and how your communication approach shapes your patients' HIV journeys. 

Portrait of Dr. Simmons

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the impact of social determinants of health on access to HIV care and health maintenance
  • Explore the significance of adapting a status-neutral approach to HIV screening in the primary care setting
  • Discuss the importance of an undetectable HIV viral load and the role of primary care clinicians in implementing “Treatment as Prevention” strategies in the management of HIV     
  • Gain insights into the personal experiences of individuals living with HIV, understanding the importance of patient-centered communication and support from clinicians during diagnosis and subsequent care
  • Identify common misconceptions held by primary care clinicians about individuals living with HIV
  • Discuss advances in HIV research and treatment and the increasing emphasis on aging, access to care, and long-term survivorship
  • Examine the current CDC guidelines for HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
  • Describe best practices for primary care clinicians to follow in order to effectively integrate HIV care into their current practice settings
  • Discuss key considerations and strategies for starting patients living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy



James Simmons, DNP, MSN, RN, AG/ACNP-BC

Clinical Ambassador - Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Let’s Stop HIV Together” Initiative

Asia Sullivan, PA-C, MPH
Raif Derrazi

HIV Advocate & Content Creator

Shadawn McCants, LPC-S, NCC, CDWF

Executive Director, Know and Live Counseling and Consulting, PLLC, Founder: 2 Know is 2 Live, Houston, TX

Oni Blackstock, MD, MHS

Founder and Executive Director, Health Justice