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.
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.
Programming for Libraries
- 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.
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.
There's an NIH for that...and more
National Institutes of Health
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is the primary NIH organization responsible for research to understand, treat, and prevent HIV/AIDS.
- National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the largest biomedical library in the world. It maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources.
- AIDSinfo Information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and research for health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public.
- HealthReach Easy access to free multilingual, multicultural HIV/AIDS information.
- NNLM HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Coordination Center is a resource for the HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP), a competitive awards program offered by the National Library of Medicine® (NLM) to community-based organizations and libraries to improve HIV/AIDS health information access.
Department of Health and Human Services
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.
- HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator is a location-based search tool for finding testing services, housing providers, health centers, and other service providers. Embed the widget on your website.
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
- Opioid and Health Indicators Database identifies counties at the highest risk of an HIV or a hepatitis C outbreak.
- HIV Risk Reduction Tool Learn about factors that increase or decrease the risks of transmitting or contracting HIV.
- HIV/AIDS Programs and Services (American Psychiatric Association)
- National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is a technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults.
- The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program helps more than half a million people living with HIV who have no insurance or are underinsured find primary medical care and essential support services.