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NNLM Reading Club: HIV/AIDS Health


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. 

Fact Sheets

To supplement any health program or event, download and share trustworthy and free resources from the National Library of Medicine, affiliated government agencies, and non-profit associations to help stop HIV stigma and promote testing, prevention, and treatment.

You can safely share with HIV

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

Programming for Libraries

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  • Let’s Stop HIV Together is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) campaign offering effective and culturally appropriate messages about HIV prevention and treatment.
  • Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture is a National Library of Medicine traveling exhibition. It explores the rise of AIDS in the early 1980s and the evolving response to the epidemic over the last 30 years. For schedule information, contact your NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator.

There's an NIH for that...and more

National Institutes of Health

Department of Health and Human Services

HIV.gov logo HIV.gov provides access to U.S. Government HIV/AIDS information with support from the Minority HIV/AIDS Fund. Its mission is to expand the visibility of timely and relevant Federal HIV policies, programs, and resources to the American public and increase the use of new media tools to extend the reach of HIV knowledge, programs, and services to communities at greatest risk or living with HIV.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Most of CDC’s HIV/AIDS prevention efforts are the responsibility of the Office of Infectious Diseases National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Within this Center is the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP), charged with the mission of preventing HIV infection and reducing the incidence of HIV-related illness and death

The CDC also provides information and materials for cultural awareness: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, VIH/SIDA.