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National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

October 15th is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day


National Latino AIDS Awareness Day is observed annually to highlight the disproportionate burden of HIV among Latinos/Hispanics. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Latinos/Hispanics — despite representing only 16% of the U.S. population — accounted for 21% of new HIV infections in 2010.

Explore the resources and information I have gathered below about HIV and its impact on Latinos/Hispanics.

In the AIDS Library

Materials that may be checked out:

Health Issues in the Latino Community, published by Jossey-Bass
Handbook of HIV and Social Work: Principles, Practices, and Populations, by Cynthia Cannon Poindexter
Compañeros : Latino Activists in the Face of AIDS, by Jesus Ramirez-Valles

Materials available in Spanish from national organizations:

The Body

Medicamentos Contra el VIH
Cuándo Comenzar y Qué Tomar

El VIH y Yo: Un guía para vivir con el VIH para hispanos

Project Inform

Consideraciones sobre el Tratamiento y tu Salud
Después de Recibir una Prueba Positiva 
Ahora que ya has inciado el Tratamiento

 Pennsylvania Department of Health

Sobre Como Vivir con el VIH
La Prevencion de Infecciones Oportunistas: Consejos para personas que tienen el VIH


For statistical information about HIV/AIDS among Latino/Hispanic populations, see:

  • The Latino Commission on AIDS has comprehensive factsheets and reports about HIV/AIDS and its impact on Latino/Hispanic populatins
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s infographics, available in both English and Spanish
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s HIV Among Hispanics/Latinos page includes factsheets, slide sets, and the HIV/AIDS page in Spanish
  • The AIDS InfoNet provides current information on HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in the form of single-topic factsheets that are available in English and Spanish
  • The Body’s HIV/AIDS Resource Center for Latinos offers a variety of resources including statistics, special reports, and news.

Conversation Starters

For information and resources that are designed to be used as a conversation starters in Latino/Hispanic communities, see:

*Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the Hashtag #NLAAD*

Specific Issues

For safer sex / prevention messages aimed Latino/Hispanic communities, see:

For more on how HIV/AIDS affects specific communities within Latino/Hispanic populations, see:

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (Dia Nacional Latino para la Concientizacion del SIDA)

There are a number of websites dedicated to National Latino AIDS Awareness Day that provide comprehensive information and resources about HIV/AIDS among Hispanic/Latino communities

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The New PA Voter ID Law

The information below reflects what was current in the run-up to the election in Fall 2012.  Much of this information is now old, and it is likely to change based on policies and laws implemented before future elections.  We have decided to keep this information here for reference, but please be aware that some of it may be old.  Please contact the AIDS Library if you need assistance.

In the AIDS Library

There’s a special display about this law in the AIDS Library, just to your left when you walk in the door.  You can send folks by any time we’re open to pick up:

  • Know Your Voting Rights: Pennsylvania, by the ACLU of Pennsylvania
  • Need a Photo ID? I Can Help, by the office of State Senator Shirley M. Kitchen
  • Specific Voter ID Issues for Homeless Voters, by the Committee of Seventy
  • Voting Rights of Ex-Felons in Pennsylvania, by the ACLU of Pennsylvania
  • Official voter registration forms
  • Information about the free photo ID that PennDOT will give out, adapted from the PennDOT website
  • Information about obtaining a birth certificate in Pennsylvania adapted from the PA Dept of Health website

Making Sure Your Clients (or You!) Can Vote

The Committee of Seventy has a comprehensive PA Voter ID Law website on this law, including:

The ACLU of Pennsylvania has a Voter ID Law website, which includes:

There are two hotlines to help people with this law:

  • The Voter ID Coalition: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683), answered live, Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • The Department of State’s Voter ID Hotline:1-877-VotesPA (215-868-3772)

For folks without the necessary ID, PennDOT offers instructions for Obtaining a Free PennDOT Secure ID for Voting, as well as list of documents needed to get that ID.

Getting the documents needed to get an ID can be difficult.  Here are the government’s instructions on how to get:

More About Voting

For comprehensive instructions on how to register to vote, see the PA Department of State’s How to Register page.  To confirm that a person is registered to vote, see their Voter Registration Status page.

For folks who’ve been incarcerated, see the ACLU’s Voting Rights of Ex-Felons in PA

The Vote for Homes Coalition is running a free Voter Registration Training with special attention to this new law.  You can sign up here.

Learn More About the Voter ID Law

To learn more about the law and the issues surrounding it, see:

There’s been a lot of news coverage and opinions about the law.  Here are some highlights:

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Hepatitis C Information

In the AIDS Library

These materials are available in the AIDS Library.  Come on down when we’re open and check them out!

  • HCV/HIV Coinfection Information, by the American Liver Foundation
  • Hepatitis & Liver Disease: What You Need to Know (Revised Edition), by Melissa Palmer, M.D.
  • Hepatitis C, The First Year: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (2nd Edition), by Cara Bruce and Lisa Montanarelli
  • The Hepatitis C Handbook, by Matthew Dolan
  • HIV, Hepatitis C, and You: A Guide for Coinfected People, by The Body
  • What You Need to Know About HIV/HCV Coinfection, by the National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project

Info for People Living with Hepatitis C

For the basics, see:

People with further questions can call 877-HELP-4-HEP, a national support line from The Support Partnership (TSP), a collaboration of four national hepatitis C organizations.

For info on HCV treatment

For help paying for treatment, see Project Inform’s list of Patient Assistance Programs.

For specific issues for people living with HCV, see:

For info about HIV/HCV coinfection, see

For HCV info in language other than English, see

  • A enormous amount of info in Spanish, from HCV Advocate
  • Multilingual HIV and Hepatitis C Factsheets, from Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service – in Akan, Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, French, Indonesian, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Shona, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese
  • Foreign Language Publications, also from HCV Advocate, in Bulgarian, Chinese, French, Hmong, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Somali
  • HCV Info in Urdu, from the Hepatitis Trust in the United Kingdom

For issues around benefits, see A Guide to Hepatitis & Disability, from the Hepatitis C Support Project

For personal stories about HCV, see:

Research, Provider Info, and More

To follow clinical research and other HCV news, see

For statistics, see:

For provider info, see:

For prevention with certain populations, see:

For multimedia, see:

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Apps & Mobile Sites about Health

Do you use apps on a smartphone or other mobile device? Did you know that there are thousands of great apps and mobile websites to learn about health, from practical tools like medication schedulers to comprehensive resources like the MedlinePlus Mobile site, from calorie counters to Narcotics Anonymous meeting finders to a game called “Catch the Condom”?

The AIDS Library and the Critical Path Project have created a series of guides to spread the word about how many great apps and mobile sites are available to be used by anyone with a mobile device. Below are six guides, each aimed at a different population:

Use these guides to learn more about apps and mobile sites that can help you learn more about health.

In addition, the Critical Path Project is offering a workshop on this issue, APPlify Your Health. Go to their website to learn more and get signed up.

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Ongoing Groups at Philadelphia FIGHT

The AIDS Library

of Philadelphia Fight produces a number of handouts and publications that are available to the public. One of our most recently updated publications is the list of Ongoing Groups at Philadelphia FIGHT.

This programming ranges from support groups to educational classes to recreational groups like Yoga or Creative Writing. Many are open to all; some are aimed at specific populations. Some require folks to be HIV-positive; some do not. Some require intake; for some, folks can just drop in.

Please view the Ongoing Groups at Philadelphia FIGHT publication [PDF]

To open the PDF, you need Adobe Reader.
Click here to download Adobe Reader for free.

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The Updated Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Spanish HIV/AIDS Website

The updated Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Spanish HIV/AIDS website is now available. Spanish-speaking users may access a wide-array of information including the CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) resources. Users are encouraged to check the website regularly for news and updates, as more fact sheets, consumer Q & As, and other resources become available in Spanish.

Visit the updated CDC Spanish HIV/AIDS website here.

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Free Tax Help in Philadelphia – 2013

Free Tax Help 2013 – Click here to download the AIDS Library’s printable pathfinder to free tax help in Philadelphia, updated for 2013.


Volunteer Income Tax Program – The IRS runs VITA to give free tax-filing assistance to low- and moderate-income individuals and families. See flier attached to this email for a complete list of sites in Philadelphia


  • These sites are not VITA centers. They are places that host VITA volunteers.  Although some VITA sites for 2013 are walk-in only, call the phone numbers (on the flier) before going to any of these locations.  Availability and hours will vary.
  • People must bring the following to VITA appointments:
    • proof of ID
    • Social Security card for you, your spouse and dependents; if not eligible for a Social Security then, Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents
    • birth dates of all family members
    • all wage and earning statements from employers (W-2, 1099)
    • a copy of last year’s returns if available
    • bank routing numbers and account number for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check
    • total paid for day care provider and the day care provider’s tax identifying number (the provider’s Social Security Number or the provider’s business Employer Identification Number)
    • any other tax information received in the mail

    ***To file taxes electronically on a married filing joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

To find VITA sites beyond Philadelphia, search here, or call the free hotline: 1-800-906-9887.

Honickman Learning Center – A program of Project H.O.M.E.  For more info about free tax-filing or to schedule an appointment, call 215-235-2900.

The Campaign for Working Families – The CWF website includes a chart of who is eligible for their services. Their website includes a map of their 11 Philadelphia tax prep sites.  Anyone hoping to use this service should call the number of the location (listed at that website) to make an appointment.

American Association of Retired Persons – Folks of low-to-middle income who are 60 or older can get free services through AARP, as part of the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program. To locate the nearest site, call 1-888-227-7669, or search for a site online.


The Benefit Bank’s Self-Serve Edition – A free online tax service for anyone who has an Adjusted Gross Income of $60,000 or less, designed to be a self-serve program. – Despite a name that makes it sound like a commercial scam, this is a collaboration of Campaign for Working Families, United Way, and Wal-Mart, to provide free online tax software, as well as additional tax tips.

Paper Tax Forms – all tax forms are available free to download from the IRS’s website.  Here are webpages with:

Order Tax Forms by Phone – You can also call the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 to order forms by US mail. Individuals can order up to 10 forms (or other IRS publications).

Disability and Non-English Speakers – The Philadelphia Revenue Department also offers large print bills, Braille bills, audio cassettes and foreign language telephone interpreter services for folks doing taxes.  To request these, call 215-686-6600.


Earned Income Tax Credit – An webpage about EITC, which helps people who work but make low salaries reduce their tax payment or get a refund. Also see EITC and Disability webpage.

Taxpayer Rights – An webpage about rights regarding taxes, including various publications and factsheets.  A few highlights of the page that may be of use to our clients (or us):

Identity Theft – The IRS also offers an Identity Theft Hotline at 1-800-908-4490 for anyone who believes:

  • That their tax records are currently affected by identity theft and that they have not been able to resolve the matter
  • They may be at risk of identity theft due to a lost/stolen purse or wallet, questionable credit card activity or credit report also has a webpage with additional information regarding Identity Theft and Your Tax Records.

Plain Talk Tax Guide – a 13-page guide from the Philadelphia Revenue Department.  This page also has videos that offer tax assistance, though they focus mostly on business taxes.

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Research for a Cure


For an introduction to the latest developments in the search for a cure, see Project Inform’s A Primer on What’s Up With Cure Research.

For introductions from an activist perspective, see:

For recent mainstream media coverage of the search for a cure, see the New York Times’s New Hope of a Cure for HIV.

For more news stories, regularly updated, see Treatment Action Group’s Cure Resources page, with news reports from community-based organizations, the mainstream media, and scientific publications.

For more about the Berlin Patient, see:

Cure Research

For a detailed report on the state of cure research, see the HIV-Cure Related Clinical Research Workshop report, prepared by the AIDS Policy Project, the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), Project Inform, and the Treatment Action Group.

The International AIDS Society has a webpage called Towards an HIV Cure: Global Scientific Strategy with:

Other organizations working on the cure and their relevant websites are:

For regularly updated news, reports, conference papers, and more, see’s HIV/AIDS Cure: Research page.

Cure Conspiracy Theories

It’s an exciting time for cure research, but unfortunately belief in fake cures persists.

For some AIDS cure myths, along with explanations of why these cures are false, see:

For more about HIV/AIDS myths (with the truths to counter the myths!), see the AIDS Library’s HIV Myths page.

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The International AIDS Conference 2012 & AIDS Activism

Information about The International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012)

Webcasts of the many conference sessions will be available to watch online (not available until the sessions take place) via the Kaiser Family Foundation’s AIDS 2012 page.

The AIDS 2012 Website has lots of info including:

The International AIDS Society, which organized the conference, has proposed The Washington D.C. Declaration to “turn the tide” against the epidemic, which you can read and sign.

For Science News Coverage from AIDS 2012, see NAM AIDSmap’s AIDS 2012 page, which includes:

For Community Events, see AIDS 2012 Reunion, which lists events from film screenings to dance parties, that aren’t officially part of the conference.

Facebook users can check out the conference’s Facebook page.

Twitter users can follow updates at:

There are many Youth Organizations with web presences about AIDS 2012, including:

Many people have published Opinions & Commentary about AIDS 2012.  Here are a few that may be of interest:

On July 24th, there will be a huge Activist Mobilization called We Can End AIDS outside the conference.

AIDS Activist Resources in the AIDS Library

The following books and movies cover the AIDS epidemic from the perspectives of activists and social critics.


  • AIDS and Accusations: Haiti and the Geography of Blame, by Paul Farmer
  • AIDS and the Policy Struggle in the United States, by Patricia D. Siplon
  • AIDS: Cultural Analysis, Cultural Activism, ed. by Douglas Crimp
  • AIDS in the Twenty-First Century: Disease and Globalization, by Tony Barnett and Alan Whiteside
  • The AIDS Pandemic: Complacency, Injustice and Unfulfilled Expectations, by Lawrence O. Gostin
  • Ashamed to Die: Silence, Denial, and the AIDS Epidemic in the South, by Andrew K. Skerrit
  • Body Count: Fixing the Blame for the Global AIDS Catastrophe, by Peter Gill
  • The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics, by Cathy J. Cohen
  • Fighting for our Lives: New York’s AIDS Community and the Politics of Disease, by Susan M. Chambre
  • From ACT UP to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization, ed. by Benjamin Shepard and Ronald Hayduk
  • Global AIDS Myths and Facts: Tools for Fighting the AIDS Pandemic, by Alexander Irwin, Joyce Millen, and Dorothy Fallows
  • Globalizing AIDS, by Cindy Patton
  • How to Have Theory in an Epidemic: Cultural Chronicles of AIDS, by Paula A. Treichler
  • Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge, by Steven Epstein
  • Infections and Inequalities, by Paul Farmer
  • Inventing AIDS, by Cindy Patton
  • Moving Mountains: The Race to Treat Global AIDS, by Anne-Christine d’Adesky
  • Not in My Family: AIDS in the African-American Community, ed. by Gil L. Robertson IV
  • Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor, by Paul Farmer
  • Policing Public Sex, ed. by Dangerous Bedfellows
  • Righteous Dopefiends, by Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg
  • The Tragedy of Today’s Gays, by Larry Kramer
  • Sexual Ecology: AIDS and the Destiny of Gay Men, by Gabriel Rotello
  • Stitching a Revolution: The Making of an Activist, by Cleve Jones
  • We Make Change: Community Organizers Talk About What They Do – and Why, by Kristin Layng Szakos & Joe Szakos
  • When Bodies Remember: Experiences and Politics of AIDS in South Africa, by Didier Fassin
  • Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival, by João Biehl
  • Women, AIDS & Activism, by the ACT UP New York Women and AIDS Book Group
  • Women, Families, and HIV/AIDS: A Sociological Perspective on the Epidemic in America, by Carole Campbell


  • Pills Profits Protest: Chronicle of the Global AIDS Movement, directed by Anne-Christine D’Adensky, Shanti Avirgan, and Ann T. Rosetti
  • Sex in an Epidemic, directed by Jean Carlomusto
  • Voices from the Front, directed by Sandra Elgear, Robyn Hutt, and David Meieran [note: In-house Reference copy. This item does not circulate]

The History of AIDS Activism

There is no one history of AIDS activism.  For some tellings of the history, see

For many more personal accounts, see’s collection of HIV/AIDS Activist Profiles & Personal Accounts, and their collection of HIV/AIDS Activist Obituaries.

For further research, ACT UP New York has a bibliography of books and articles on the AIDS activism at their Research Info page.

For more information can on the history of AIDS activism in Philadelphia, see:

AIDS Activism Now

For news about AIDS activism, see’s webpage, HIV/AIDS Activism News.

There are many organizations that do activist work around the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  To learn about their actions, join them, or support their causes, see the contact information at their websites:

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The International AIDS Conference (roundup)

This blog post was written in the period following the IAC.  Some of the news stories and round-ups below may be removed or altered.  Please contact the AIDS Library if you need assistance.

The AIDS Library has many publications brought back from the International AIDS Conference 2012.  These cover a broad range: comprehensive reports from global organizations, focused reports on new prevention and treatment techniques, studies of drug policy in specific countries, special HIV/AIDS issues of academic journals, and much more.

We have compiled a complete list of Materials from AIDS 2012 in the AIDS Library (click that link for a PDF listing these materials by subject).  Anyone interested in global AIDS policy should have a look, as many of these publications are not available anywhere else in Philadelphia.

Highlights of these materials are currently in a special display in the AIDS Library.  The rest are available to be viewed in the Library.

For webcasts of all opening plenaries and many important workshops, see the Kaiser Family Foundation’s AIDS 2012 Wrap-Up.

For a general report, see the International AIDS Society’s:

For a report on clinical research, see NAM AIDSmap’s extensive conference bulletins (available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Italian!)

For reports from U.S. government agencies, see and the YouTube page, including the video of speeches from Hillary Clinton, Anthony Fauci, Eric Goosby, and more.

There are a many other reports on the conference.  Here are some that might be of interest:

For reports on the We Can End AIDS mobilization that took place during the week of the conference, see:

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