Providing Care to People Living With HIV in Saskatchewan



Interprofessional Distance Learning Opportunity | University of Saskatchewan

Target Audience:
Family physicians, specialist physicians, medical resident, nurses, and nurse practitioners. All other allied healthcare professionals are encouraged to attend.

NOVEMBER 2022 | 8.0 Hours of Education

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Overall Learning Objectives:

1) Primary care providers will improve their HIV knowledge and clinical skills, as well as self-efficacy.

2) Primary care providers will improve their HIV services for patients by:

  • Engaging, testing, and reducing associated risks for individuals living with HIV.
  • Formulating an HIV treatment plan informed by Saskatchewan’s public health complexities and challenges faced by persons with HIV living.
  • Counselling in various aspects of HIV medication treatment.
  • Counselling on harm reduction strategies to prevent additional transmissions.
  • Assessing if treatment can be provided by a primary care provider, or if a referral to an HIV specialist is required.


Registered participants will receive links to all 4 presentations.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2022 | 5:00PM-7:00PM
Approaches to Care for a Newly Diagnosed Patient Living with HIV in Saskatchewan
Presenter: Larissa Kiesman MD, Westside Community Clinic 

  • Explain HIV rates and common modes of transmission for Saskatchewan.
  • Describe how to screen for HIV and when to order testing.
  • Explain approaches to first visits after a new diagnosis, including delivering a diagnosis and other key HIV messages.
  • List the initial investigations indicated at early visits.
  • Describe strategies for reducing HIV-related stigma in health care.
  • Explain the role of primary care providers in HIV care, and when to refer to an HIV specialist.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2022 |5:00PM-7:00PM
Anti-Retroviral (ARV) Treatment Initiation In Uncomplicated, Treatment Naïve Patients
Presenter: Beverly Wudel MD, FRCPC, Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases, University of Saskatchewan 

  • Explain the use of ARVs to treat an HIV infection.
  • List ARV treatment regimens commonly used in Saskatchewan.
  • Describe considerations for selecting an ARV treatment regimen.
  • Explain when to initiate, refill, or manage an ARV prescription as a primary care provider.
  • Recognize when to refer patients to an HIV specialist for ARV treatment and management.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2022 | 5:00PM-7:00PM
Long-Term Treatment and Primary Care Management of a Patient Living with HIV
Presenter: Beverly Wudel MD, FRCPC, Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases, University of Saskatchewan 

  • Explain long-term HIV treatment goals.
  • Discuss investigations required for monitoring HIV.
  • Discuss the long-term primary care management of a patient living with HIV.
  • Define long-term complications of long-term HIV & associated co-infections.
  • Recognize HIV treatment failures and when to consult/refer to an HIV specialist.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2022 | 5:00PM-7:00PM
Management of Key Populations Living with HIV and Harm Reduction Approaches
Presenter: Beverly Wudel MD, FRCPC, Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases, University of Saskatchewan 

  • Define patients who are a high priority for additional monitoring of their HIV treatment.
  • Understand modes of HIV prevention, including treatment as prevention and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
  • Explain the management of HIV during pregnancy to prevent vertical HIV transmission.
  • Define common HIV co-infections in Saskatchewan.
  • Discuss the role of harm reduction as a tool for engaging patients in HIV care.
  • Recognize when to refer patients to an HIV specialist and/or other supportive programs.


Learn more about STEPS

For more information contact Amanda Galambos;

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These presentations have received funding from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health in the form of an unrestricted educational grant.

CME Accreditation

The College of Family Physicians of Canada: This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the Continuing Medical Education Division, University of Saskatchewan for up to 8.0 Mainpro+ credits.

Other Healthcare Professionals: Participation may be included as part of the continuing education and competence programs established by individual professional associations.