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Rapid Initiation of HIV Antiretroviral Treatment (RIA)


Published Date: 04/05/2022

Expiration Date: 02/22/2025

CE Credit: CME:1


Please note:

Since we created this presentation, New York State updated its Rapid ART guidelines. “Clinicians should offer rapid initiation of ART—preferably on the same day or within 72 hours—to all individuals who are candidates for rapid ART initiation and who have a confirmed HIV diagnosis or a reactive HIV screening result pending results of a confirmatory HIV test or suspected acute HIV infection, i.e., HIV antibody negative and HIV RNA positive.” This presentation includes the outdated recommendation of 96 hours. 


Antonio Urbina,MD

Antonio E. Urbina, MD is the Medical Director for the Mount Sinai Institute for Advanced Medicine Downtown clinic in New York City. Dr. Urbina serves as a Medical Director for the Clinical Education Initiative of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute as well as Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Since completing his residency in Internal Medicine at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center-Manhattan in 1995, Dr. Urbina has pioneered innovative educational programming for community-based clinics, hospitals, and public health departments. He has directed more than 10 HIV clinical trials research protocols. From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Urbina served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) as well as Governor Cuomo’s Task Force to end the AIDS epidemic in New York State.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the evidence that supports the need for early diagnosis and linkage to care of people with HIV infection.
  • Know how to identify safe and efficacious rapid ART regimens based on known patient characteristics, as well as regimens to avoid.
  • Be able to address treatment barriers to providing rapid ART to all patients in HIV care.

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