Each year on December 1st in honor of World AIDS Day, people around the globe advocate for and educate others on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. According to the UNAIDS Global Report of 2013, there are approximately 35 million people globally living with HIV/AIDS. New HIV infection rates have fallen by 33% since 2001, and the number of people living with HIV/AIDS has increased due to the increase in quality of life and access to antiretroviral therapy.
Educating ourselves about HIV/AIDS, both personally and professionally, is one of the fundamental steps we can take to eliminating the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Listed below are informative and reliable resources on HIV/AIDS.
The AIDS Gov website is the government website focused on providing timely HIV/AIDS information, federal policies and programs and HIV/AIDS news media resources to the American Public. The website also includes a locator application that finds local HIV/AIDS services.
AIDSinfo from the National Institutes of Health offers access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS practice guidelines, treatment and prevention clinical trials and other research information for health professionals, researchers, and people affected by HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS Information from the US Department of Health and Human Services focuses on providing access to basic HIV/AIDS information and outreach programs to populations living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Especially helpful on this website are the resources for Spanish speakers.
Blog AIDS Gov ”serves as a forum to discuss HIV/AIDS policies and research. It also encourages public discussion on using new media effectively in response to HIV/AIDS. This blog offers a dynamic online conversation that’s open to comments, stories, and ideas from readers.”
HIV and ID Observations, hosted on the New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch platform, serves to create “an ongoing dialogue on HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, all matters medical and some not so medical”.
HIV/AIDS Blog Central hosted on The Body, a robust and respected HIV/AIDS web resource, “strives to demystify HIV/AIDS and its treatment while fostering an active online community.” HIV/AIDS Blog Central presents the viewpoints of a wide range of bloggers, medical and policy experts.