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.
Here are resources, including many freely available curricula and lesson-plans, that you can use to educate about HIV/AIDS.
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IN THE AIDS LIBRARY
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 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.
MORE SPECIFIC CURRICULA
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.
- Adolescent and School Health: Sexual Risk Behavior Guidelines and Strategies
- Handbook for Evaluating HIV Education
- The Eleven Elements of Successful Prevention Programs
EDUCATING HEALTH PROVIDERS
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).
- For factsheets on the epidemic in the United States, see the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Factsheets page.
- For factsheets on the epidemic around the world, see the UNAIDS Factsheets page.
- For factsheets on the nature of the virus, its transmission, and its treatment, see the University of New Mexico’s AIDS Info Net.
- For factsheets specifically on HIV prevention, sorted by demographics, risk behaviors, and more, see the University of California, San Francisco’s HIV Prevention Factsheets.
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.