HIV/AIDS Education Resources

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD) is observed annually around the world on May 18th. The day serves as an annual commemoration of the need for and commitment to the ongoing search for a vaccine. There is no vaccine for HIV. As noted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “HIV vaccine development has been challenging largely because of the unique characteristics of the virus.” There have been continuous efforts to develop an effective HIV vaccine since the late 1980s. The clinical RV144 vaccine trial conducted in Thailand in 2009 is arguably the most successful trial to date. Scientists combined two vaccines that failed on their own, which lowered the rate of HIV infection by 31 percent. Researchers are fervently making strides to create a vaccine for HIV. The number of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths worldwide have decreased by more than one-third in the past decade which may be attributed to the tremendous advancement of HIV prevention and treatment.

Please check out the references highlighted below for more information.


Here are some titles that we have in the library


AHFS Drug Information 2015, American Society of Health System Pharmacists – note, if you find this text difficult to navigate check out Medline Plus and/or Daily Med.



This day is especially important to the librarians.


easy-to-digest research updates.

This year brought the launch of long-awaited initiation of clinical trials building on positive results from the RV144 “Thai” trial. This effort is led by the Pox-Protein Public-Private Partnership (P5), including the the HIV Vaccine Trials Network, who will join the webinar to provide a status update of their current vaccine research and development program. We will also feature Janssen, part of Johnson & Johnson, to provide an overview of the research program they are moving forward that focuses on a cross-clade vaccine product.

This webinar will be the next installment in our Prevention on the Line series, a year-long dialogue on pressing issues in HIV prevention research and implementation.

For advocates planning HVAD activities or simply looking for an update on the latest in the field, AVAC is updating its “HVAD Toolkit”, which includes a range of materials with HIV vaccine research highlights. The updated Toolkit will be available shortly at Please email us if you’re looking for a specific resource right away.

We look forward to commemorating another HVAD with all of you as we continue to work toward the ultimate goal of a vaccine to prevent HIV. AVAC would especially like to thank the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, the US Agency for International Development, and our civil society partners in countries for supporting and partnering in HVAD and other vaccine advocacy initiatives.

We look forward to hearing your voices and questions in this discussion. And, as always, please email us at with questions, comments and suggestions.


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New Items Added to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention HIV/AIDS Website

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention has recently added several items to its site. Check out some of the updates below:

New: HIV Prevention Basic Questions and Answers

“HIV is preventable. Find out more about how testing, condoms, safer sex, and biomedical options can lower the risk for you and your partners. Some frequently asked questions and their answers have been added to the site.”

Click here to view the updated site.

New Fact Sheet: HIV Among Men

“Men accounted for 76% of all adults and adolescents living with HIV infection at the end of 2010 in the United States.”

Click here to view the new fact sheet.

Updated Fact Sheet: HIV Among Older Americans

” A growing number of people aged 50 and older in the United States are living with HIV infection. People aged 55 and older accounted for almost  one-fifth of the estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV infection in the United States in 2010.”

Click here to view the updated fact sheet.

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Hepatitis C Information

May marks Hepatitis Awareness Month, hepatitis is a condition of liver inflammation that is a group of viral infections that affect the liver. In the United States, hepatitis is most commonly caused by Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C viruses. According to the CDC, an estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis; most do not know they are infected. I would like to take this opportunity to share resources and information about Hepatitis C also known as HCV.

In the AIDS Library

Here are some titles that are available in the Library.

  • The Hepatitis C Handbook, by Matthew Dolan
  • Hepatitis C, The First Year: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (2nd Edition), by Cara Bruce and Lisa Montanarelli
  • Dr Melissa Palmer’s Guide to Hepatitis & Liver Disease, by Melissa Palmer
  • HCV/HIV Coinfection Information, by the American Liver Foundation

Information for People Living with Hepatitis C

For basic information 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 information on HCV treatment, see

For help paying for treatment, see Project Inform’s list of Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) For specific issues  for people living with HCV, see:

For HCV information related to specific populations, see:

For information 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
  • Multilingual Hepatitis Health Information Handouts, from the Refugee Health Information Network – in Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Hmong, Karen, Korean, Kreyol, Portuguese, Russian, Somalia, Spanish, Tagalog, 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 Information, and More

To follow clinical research and other HCV news, see

For statistics, see:

For provider information, see:

For prevention with certain populations, see:

National Hepatitis Testing Day: May 19, 2014

National Hepatitis Testing Day is on May 19th.  The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention National Prevention Information Network allows you to search for hepatitis testing events in your area or register testing events to help build hepatitis testing resources here.

HCV Testing Locations in Philadelphia

Below is a listing of locations in Philadelphia where individuals can be tested.

  • 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University
  • Baker Industries
  • BEBASHI: Transition to Hope
  • Fairmount Primary Care
  • Family Practice & Counseling Network Health Annex
  • Hunting Park Health Ctr.
  • Latino Commission on AIDS
  • Lax Center at Philadelphia FIGHT
  • Mary Howard Health Center
  • Prevention Point Philadelphia
  • St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children – Division of Adolescent Medicine
  • TPAC (Philadelphia AIDS Consortium)
  • Veteran Affairs Medical Center
  • Mazzoni Center (809 Locust location)
  • Y-HEP (testing available for people up to 24 years of age)

Information regarding addresses, testing hours, walk-ins/appointment guidelines, and contact information for the above locations is available by clicking the Search Resources tab on the AIDS Library website.

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What HIV Testing is Like When You’re Queer, Black and Undocumented

As written by Alan Pelaez Lopez. Originally published on Black Girl Dangerous.

“Last fall, I received a call from an old partner I had not spoken to in six-months. In the middle of debating whether to answer or not, I accidentally accepted the call and heard his voice. I went to get tested and I’m HIV positive, you need to get tested, he quietly explained. He sounded tired, filled with the kind of panic that comes after days of shock and denial. It was the same tone I remembered carrying in my voice one day in Boston as a glass bottle flew towards me—then shattering as it hit me—followed by an older White male calling me “illegal.” I heard his voice and I could not breathe. I was scared for him, for me, for life.

After the phone call, all I could think was: Can I even get tested?Growing up undocumented and queer on the East Coast meant only seeing a doctor when my temperature was over 104º or there were free clinic drives at local non-profits.”

Read the story in its entirety here.

In Alan’s article, he narrates the barriers that many people face when trying to access HIV testing.  Many organizations, clinics, and hospitals require a state or federal identification card to receive an HIV test. Each year, the AIDS Library publishes the HIV Testing Guide available here. For a listing of organizations included in our guide that do not require the use of an ID to get tested contact our Public Services and Reference Librarian, the editor of this blog, Megan Threats at

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HIV/AIDS Education Resources

June is AIDS Education month!  Here are resources, including many freely available curricula and lesson-plans, that you can use to educate about HIV/AIDS in June or any time of the year.

Click here to learn more about Philadelphia FIGHT’s activities for AIDS Education Month 2012!


Here are some titles we have in the library that could help an educator create an HIV/AIDS education class or program, or to supplement such a class or program.


The New York City Department of Education’s HIV/AIDS Curriculum is available in its entirety.  It’s broken down by grade, from K through 12.  That page also includes brochures and letters for parents (available in 11 different languages) of kids who are being educated.

The Washington State Department of Education publishes the KNOW Curriculum, including materials in Spanish.

The Population Council publishes a book of curriculum and activity materials, It’s All One, developed by the International Sexuality and HIV Curriculum Working Group, available to download freely.  It’s also available in Spanish and French.

The Hispanic leadership organization ASPIRA has an extensive HIV Curriculum with facilitator scripts, activities, and other tools.  The entire curriculum is available in Spanish as well.

The British non-profit AVERT has an HIV/AIDS Lessons and Activities webpage, as well as pages for:

The United Church of Christ publishes a Curriculum for Multicultural Christian Education, with particular focus on grade school youth.

Partners in Health publishes an HIV Curriculum, with a strong emphasis on international health, human rights, TB co-infection, and women’s health.

Stanford University’s Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education TeachAIDS Educator Handbook: A Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum.

UNAIDS sponsors a Grassroot Soccer Skillz Curriculum, aimed at teens.  Topics include making healthy decisions, avoiding risks, building support networks, reducing stigma and discrimination, increasing knowledge about testing and treatment, and addressing gender issues.


The Vermont-based Center for Health & Learning has six pages of Curriculum Activities that Support the Use of HIV Positive Speakers.

The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care published an Adaptation of a Curriculum Targeted at Older African-American women.

The UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies has a page of Intervention Curricula, including a program for people living with HIV, a harm reduction program aimed at middle schoolers, a prevention program for men who have sex with men, and an adherence program for HIV+ homeless people.

The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research has a multimedia HIV Vaccine Curriculum that explores the life cycle and structure of HIV, different vaccine types, and related ethical issues.

The CDC’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Synthesis Project has a page of “Best-Evidence” Interventions. Folks designing programs can read about them there.  Be aware, though, that many of the materials for these interventions are not available for free.­

The CDC publishes guides for educators and administrators developing HIV/AIDS education programs.  These are not curricula, but advice on creating and evaluating curricula.


AIDS Education is for the pros too!

The AIDS Education & Training Center provides targeted Education Programs for Health Providers treating people living with HIV.  They have slide sets and full curricula on adherence, cultural competence, testing, “prevention with positives,” women, and many more topics.

Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, in collaboration with the National Institute of Health, UNICEF, and PEPFAR, provides a 376-page HIV Curriculum for the Health Professional.

Family Health International has a training manual for health professionals on Contraception for Clients with HIV.

The International Training & Education Center for Health provides materials to support the development of International HIV Health Programs.


For people who are designing their own program or curriculum, but want supplements, there are materials to draw on all over the web.

For facts about different aspects of HIV/AIDS, we always point to a few different sets of factsheets (short documents that summarize a topic).

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a page of AIDS Info Graphics and an AIDS Awareness Toolkit.

The PBS series Frontline has a documentary called The Age of AIDS that’s available to watch online.  It’s four hours long, but it’s broken up into chapters that could be good for showing to classes or groups.

The TEACH program at FIGHT has a YouTube channel of educational videos on many HIV/AIDS topics.

The United Nations AIDS Multimedia Gallery has a collection of videos (including PSAs), photo slideshows, and audio presentations and interviews, mostly focusing on the epidemic worldwide.  UNAIDS also publishes a current Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic with more charts, slides, graphics, and multimedia materials.

The website Annenberg Learner publishes many HIV/AIDS Animations and Images on its Rediscovering Biology page.

The Kaiser Family Foundation has a Global HIV/AIDS Timeline.

AVERT has a History of AIDS with an extensive list of news and journal articles for each era of the epidemic

For a collection of news articles about HIV/AIDS going back to 1983, see the New York Times AIDS/HIV page.

If any of these sites use terminology that’s unfamiliar, we recommend the National Institute of Health’s searchable HIV/AIDS Glossary. The glossary is also available in Spanish.

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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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Health Videos Online

CL has many movies and documentaries in its collection.  In addition, we maintain a list of online videos that we recommend to learn more about HIV/AIDS, activism, medical news, and other topics, from reliable sources including the National Library of Medicine, Planned Parenthood, PBS, and our very own YouTube page.

Click on the links below to get our printer-friendly handouts about these recommended videos.  We update this information regularly, but we do not control any of this content (other than our YouTube page), so we cannot guarantee that it will be available when you try to access it.  If you find broken links, please contact us so we can remove them

If there is something you don’t see here but would like to, such as a specific video or a broader topic, please contact us about that as well.

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