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NNLM Reading Club: HIV/AIDS Health

World AIDS Day

Since World AIDS Day ​was first observed more than 30 years ago, scientific research has led to progress in preventing and treating HIV. Advancement in medicines helps people with HIV live long, healthy lives and effective pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) can help prevent HIV transmission. December 1 is a day to celebrate and recognize the global efforts in HIV/AIDS research.


However, more progress is needed. Today millions of people live with HIV and a cure is yet to be discovered. HIV remains a health threat because people don’t know the facts about how to protect themselves and others. And those who are HIV positive live with the trauma of stigma and discrimination. Increase awareness and knowledge in support of those living with HIV. How?

Start the conversation!

Choose one of the three NNLM Reading club books. Then download the discussion guide, promotional materials, and corresponding health information.

World AIDS Day book selection cover images

What are the facts?

What is HIV? It is the human immunodeficiency virus.
How does HIV spread? The virus spreads through contact with certain body fluids.
What does the virus do? It attacks the body’s immune system reducing the number of CD4 cells often called T cells.
What happens if untreated? Over time, HIV can destroy so many CD4 (T cells), opportunistic infections or cancers take advantage of the weak immune system and signal that the person has AIDS.
Is HIV curable? No effective cure exists for HIV. However, HIV can be controlled and people can live with HIV if given the proper treatment and care.
Who has HIV/AIDS? Some groups of people in the United States have been disproportionately affected by HIV. Learn more.
How can my library help? Use World AIDS Day as an opportunity to raise awareness. HIV can be prevented if we talk about it and share information.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - HIV Basics