World AIDS Day

December 1st is World AIDS Day. On this day, we unite in the fight against HIV, support the people that are living with HIV, and reflect on the people whose lives have been most affected by HIV/AIDS.  Today we commemorate people who have died as a result of complications with AIDS including activists, peer educators, family members, friends, and others.

Today, we are grateful for the people in Philadelphia that were instrumental in the continued success of the AIDS Library and Philadelphia FIGHT, and crucial to the FIGHT against HIV/AIDS across the globe.

Click here to learn more about the history of the AIDS Library. Click here to learn more about the legacy of  Activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya.

Here are resources, including many freely available curricula and lesson-plans, that you can use to educate about HIV/AIDS.

For more information, please browse other posts on our blog. If you have any specific inquires, please contact Megan Threats at


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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Employment Resources Available at Philadelphia FIGHT

Searching for employment can be a daunting task. Philadelphia FIGHT offers several resources that may be useful for job seekers. Be sure to contact the AIDS Library at if you would like additional information about any of the resources spotlighted in this post. Please make sure to call each program directly to check eligibility in order to participate in the services highlighted below.


Here are some titles that we have in the AIDS Library that could be helpful for job seekers.

Job interview preparation:

  • Job Interview Tips for People with Not-So-Hot Backgrounds: How to Put Red Flags Behind You to Win the Job, by Caryl and Ronald L. Krannich
  • Networking and Interviewing for Jobs, by Ronald C. Mendlin

Resume and cover letter tips and examples:

  • Resume, Application and Letter Tips for People with Not-So-Hot Backgrounds: 185 Tips for Landing the Perfect Job, by Ronald L. Krannich
  • Best Resumes and Letters for Ex-Offenders, by Wendy S. Enelow
  • Gallery of Best Resumes: A Collection of Quality Resumes by Professional Resume Writers, by David Noble

Job hunting advice and tips for retaining employment:

  • Job Hunting Tips for People with Not-So-Hot Backgrounds: 101 Smart Steps That Can Change Your Life, by Ronald L. Krannich
  • JIST’s Putting the Bars Behind You Series: Instructor’s Resource Manual, by Ronald C. Mendlin
  • The Job Loss Recovery Guide: A Proven Program for Getting Back to Work — Fast!, by Lynn Joseph
  • The 2004 Philadelphia County Assistance Office Employment and Training Programs, by Philadelphia County Assistance Office

Tips for navigating the workplace:

  • Managing AIDS in the Workplace, by Sam B. Puckett
  • AIDS in the Workplace: Legal Questions and Practical Answers, by William F. Banta
  • AIDS Issues in the Workplace: A Response Model for Human Resource Management, by Dale A. Masi
  • Gay Issues in the Workplace, by Brian McNaught
  • Public Library Services for the Poor: Doing All We Can, by Leslie Edmonds Holt and Glen E. Holt
  • AIDS and the Public Workforce: Local Government Preparedness in Managing the Epidemic, by James D. Slack
  • AIDS in the Workplace: Employee Attitudes and Perceptions and the Impact of Educational Programs, by Vincent Gerard Kownacki
  • Returning to Work: A Helpful Guide, by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania
  • Your Rights in the Workplace, by Barbara Kate Repa

Educational resources for job seekers:

  • McGraw Hill’s GED: The Most Complete and Reliable Study Program for the GED Tests, by Patricia Mulcrone
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Computer Basics, by Joe Kraynak
  • Office 20013 All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies, by Peter Weverka
  • Office 2007 for Dummies, by Wally Wang

DVDs exploring HIV/AIDS and employment:

  • All of Us – Documentary about two women struggling with the social factors that put them at risk for HIV.
  • Philadelphia – Fictional account of an HIV-positive man challenging discrimination (set in Philly!).


Employment Resource Guide

The Society for Employment and Equal Rights of the Institute of Community Justice publishes a resource guide for formerly incarcerated people seeking employment in the Philadelphia area. The resource guide includes:

  • Job searching tips
  • Job training for people with a criminal record
  • Information about staffing agencies and part-time work
  • Companies that have hired formerly convicted people
  • Computer access resources
  • Tips for creating a resume

Download the Employment Resource Guide 2014 [PDF]

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The Institute for Community Justice offers two comprehensive programs that may be useful for job seekers in Philadelphia.

Access to Recovery Life Skills Program

When: Every Thursday, 2-4pm
Where: Institute for Community Justice
21 S. 12th Street, 7th Floor (Between Market and Chestnut)
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Details: This course consists of 9 classes and some topics covered are setting goals, violence prevention, parenting, and stress management.

For more information contact Akua at (215) 525-0460 ext. 403

 Access to Recovery Career Development Workshops

When: Every Thursday, 11am-1pm
Where: Institute for Community Justice
21 S. 12th StREET, 7th Floor (Between Market and Chestnut)
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Details: Come learn various career development skills including –

  • Resume creation
  • Tips for keeping a job
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Interviewing skills
  • Using a computer for your job search
  • Completing online job applications
  • Overcoming a criminal record and getting employed


Career Development – Job Readiness Classes                                             (ENROLLMENT REQUIRED)

Call 215-985-4448 ext. 279 to enroll in this course. Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoon for 2 hours over an 8 week period Details: Enroll in this class if you would like to learn valuable career development skills including:

  • Writing a great resume and cover letter
  • Interviewing skills
  • Learning how to understand job descriptions
  • Research potential employers

Special Note: You must have some basic computer skills to enter this class. In addition to valuable job and computer skills, students that enroll in the class will also:

  • Leave with both a hard and digital copy of their new resume, cover letter, and thank you letter for future updates and changes
  • 2 SEPTA tokens at the end of each session
  • A certificate of completion at the end of class
  • A graduation party

Please be on the lookout for the next installment of our employment series! The next post will feature employment resources available for job seekers in the Philadelphia, PA area.

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