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RHO archives : Topics : HIV/AIDS


Updated September 23, 2004

Listed below are useful web resources on many aspects of HIV/AIDS. For links to resources related to topics not covered within the Key Issues section, see the Special Focus pages. For general reproductive health links, visit the RH Resources page.

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The Body
The Body is a comprehensive HIV/AIDS information resource. Its website features information on AIDS basics and prevention, "just diagnosed," treatment, conferences, quality of life, and policy and activism. An "Ask the Experts" section allows viewers to find answers to HIV-related questions.

Critical Path AIDS Project
This project was founded by people living with HIV/AIDS to provide treatment, resources, and prevention information in a variety of settings. The Critical Path AIDS Project website provides easy access to a full range of potentially life-extending or life-saving AIDS prevention, treatment, and referral information, including research and clinical trials, among other relevant issues. It is intended for use by researchers, service providers, treatment activists, and people living with HIV/AIDS in general.

The website of EngenderHealth, a U.S.-based organization that works to improve reproductive health in developing countries, offers a wide range of information and resources on family planning, maternal/child health, mens health, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and sexuality and gender. Special "in-action" sections discuss topics such as "ensuring womens health" and "working with men." EngenderHealth also provides web-based and CD-ROM self-instructional courses for health care providers, supervisors, students, and trainers all over the world. The courses are designed particularly for those in low-resource settings, and cover such topics as sexuality and sexual health, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, and infection prevention. Also available are a number of professional materials, including a training package on mens reproductive health.

Family Health International (FHI) HIV/AIDS page
FHI works to improve reproductive health around the world, with an emphasis on developing countries. Since 1986, FHI has worked with local partners in more than 60 countries to mitigate the spread of HIV. The FHI website supplies information on many of the organization’s groundbreaking programs, as well as providing access to over 3,000 online documents on HIV/AIDS prevention ( One of FHI's main current efforts to respond to HIV/AIDS is the IMPACT Project (Implementing AIDS Prevention and Care), which "builds the capacity of local governments and nongovernmental organizations to design, manage and evaluate HIV/AIDS prevention and care projects in more than 30 countries." The website and its contents are available in English, Arabic, French, Russian, and Spanish.

Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center
The Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center is an internationally recognized program for the care of pediatric HIV disease. The program's mission is to deliver direct medical and social services that are community-based, child-centered, family-focused, comprehensive, and coordinated, while keeping HIV-infected children out of the hospital and with their families as long as possible. The centers website features information that is easy to read and use on "Caring for Your Child," "Coping with HIV," "Treating HIV," "Kitchen," and "Finding New Treatments," as well as links to other resources and an interactive "Discussion Forum" and "Frequently Asked Questions" section. The website also includes a link to the Harvard-based Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights (

Global AIDS Program - Global Health Council
The Global AIDS Program, operated by the Global Health Council (, educates and advocates on issues concerning those most affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The program's mission is to facilitate communication and collaboration between AIDS service organizations working in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. 

Global Campaign for Microbicides
The Global Campaign for Microbicides is a broad-based, international effort to build support among policy makers, opinion leaders, and the general public for increased investment into microbicides and other user-controlled prevention methods. The Campaign works via its secretariat (PATH) and member groups to cultivate awareness and demand for microbicides and to translate that demand into concrete political action. Through advocacy, policy analysis, and social science research, the Campaign works to accelerate product development, facilitate widespread access and use, and protect the needs and interests of users, especially women.

Funded by USAID, Horizons is a ten-year (1997-2007) operations research program designed to identify components of effective HIV/AIDS programs and policies; test potential solutions to problems in prevention, care, support, and service delivery; and disseminate and utilize findings with a view toward replication and scaling-up of successful interventions. The Population Council (www. assembled a team of U.S.-based and international organizations to implement the project, including the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), The International HIV/AIDS Alliance, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Tulane University. Funded by USAID, the ten-year (1997-2007) operations research program is designed to identify components of effective HIV/AIDS programs and policies; test potential solutions to problems in prevention, care, support, and service delivery; and disseminate and utilize findings with a view toward replication and scaling-up of successful interventions. The Horizons AIDSQuest project is described below.

International Community of Women (ICW) Living with HIV and AIDS
ICW is an international network operated in over 80 countries by and for HIV-positive women. Its goal is to improve the situation of women living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. The site contains information about ICW's mission, areas of activities, information on women and HIV/AIDS, and related links.

International HIV/AIDS Alliance
A London-based organization, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance supports communities in developing countries to respond to the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS. The Alliance has provided technical and financial support to countries all over the world for HIV prevention, AIDS care, and orphan projects. Publications are available in several languages on all aspects of HIV prevention and care.

International HIV/AIDS Service Organizations and Resources
The Body offers a link to organizations working on HIV/AIDS in several of the worlds regions, including Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Links to organizations that operate in several languages (including French, Portuguese, and Spanish) are also available. In addition, viewers can connect to global programs such as the International AIDS Society and the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS.

The Panos AIDS Programme
Panos is an international non-profit institute providing information on global issues from a developing-country perspective. The HIV/AIDS page of the Panos website provides important analyses of HIV/AIDS issues, including men and HIV, stigma and discrimination, development of regional AIDS activities, access to treatment, and a link to Panos media resources on HIV/AIDS. The site also features AIDS Information Sheets and AIDS Media Briefing Documents on issues such as home-based care, children with HIV, STIs and HIV, and breastfeeding and HIV/AIDS.

Project Inform
Project Inform is a national, non-profit, community-based organization working to end the AIDS epidemic. The project's main area of activity is to provide free, confidential, and empowering information to all. The website contains information on outreach and education, treatment advocacy and public policy, and an HIV/AIDS treatment hotline. A special link provides an introductory packet for people who have just learned that they are HIV positive ( The publications page of the website ( offers materials related to such topics as opportunistic infections and antiretroviral medication. Newsletters published by the project include PI Perspective, an HIV treatment journal, and What's New?, the project's monthly summary of recent HIV treatment information and program activities. Selected materials are available in Spanish.

SEA-AIDS provides information support services for people living or working with HIV/AIDS in the Asia-Pacific region. Their website has links to electronic forums ( that help people and communities worldwide exchange information and experiences in response to HIV/AIDS. The file archives page contains documents and other materials on HIV/AIDS in the region.

The Terrence Higgins Trust
This UK-based organization provides a variety of services for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The organizations well-designed, user-friendly website refers viewers to an interactive advice column as well as specialized information for African people, gay men, and women. The treatment page offers straightforward information on several issues, including blood tests, drug-resistant HIV, mother-to-child transmission, and starting therapy, as well as a series of further links and resources.

UNAIDS is the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS. As the leading advocate for worldwide action against HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS strives to lead, strengthen, and support an expanded response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The UNAIDS website provides access to information on global HIV prevention, care and support for those infected and affected by the disease, vulnerable populations, and the socioeconomic and human impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The site also features information on HIV/AIDS by country and subject, as well as an exhaustive collection of publications (including a Best Practices collection, reports, fact sheets, press releases, and conference listings. UNAIDS regularly publishes a Report on the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic (, as well as periodic AIDS Epidemic Updates.

World Health Organization: HIV Infections
The WHO website offers a list of health topics, including HIV, and access to other related sites, links, and fact sheets on issues such as antiretroviral treatments, new and emerging infectious diseases and HIV co-infections.

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Access to HIV Prevention: Closing the Gap
This document, available in English as a PDF file, is a product of the Global HIV Prevention Working Group, “a panel of nearly 40 leading public health experts, clinicians, biomedical and behavioral researchers, and people affected by HIV/AIDS.” The document maintains that two-thirds of the 45 million new HIV infections projected to occur between now and 2010 are avoidable through the dramatic expansion of proven prevention strategies. The new report examines the prevention needs and successes of five regions: sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America, and North Africa and the Middle East. The report concludes with a series of recommendations, including increasing global spending on HIV prevention; making prevention scale-up a priority in every region; focusing on cost-effective, high-impact interventions; transforming prevention and treatment programs into a continuum of services; building long-term capacity and infrastructure; addressing social and economic factors related to the spread of HIV/AIDS; strengthening research into new prevention strategies and technologies; and focusing on improved data collection on HIV/AIDS spending in low- and middle-income countries.

Acción en SIDA
Acción en SIDA is a Spanish-language website intended for viewers in the Latin American and Caribbean region. It offers viewers opportunities to participate in regional discussions about HIV/AIDS, access up-to-date practical information, learn from successful programs, and get to know innovative communications strategies and resources. The site also includes a news bulletin, resource bank, region forum, and links to related sites. Viewers can review the Acción en SIDA module free-of-charge by sending a message to [email protected].

The Act
The Act, published by Action for AIDS Singapore, highlights articles covering the scientific, medical, socio-cultural, ethical, legal, and economic dimension of HIV/AIDS. It also features past, current, and future activities of Action for AIDS.

This site, a component of SAHealthInfo, South Africa’s health knowledge network, functions as an “HIV/AIDS information portal for southern Africa.” It provides specialized information on research, the health profession, personal aspects of HIV/AIDS (“HIV and You”), policy, and education. The information portal also contains links to current HIV-related news stories, conference coverage (at various times), recent HIV-related news, and forthcoming events.

AIDS Education & Research Trust (AVERT)
This easy-to-use website provides extensive resources and information on HIV/AIDS prevention and care, the latest news, and HIV/AIDS statistics. Focus topics include information for young people, personal stories, global HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS in Africa, frequently asked questions and answers, and HIV prevention. The site offers numerous publications ( in PDF format, including HIV & AIDS: Information for Young People, AIDS and Children: What Its Got to Do With Them, AIDS & HIV Infection: A General Guide, and HIV, AIDS & Pregnancy, as well as other books, posters, and quizzes. A "Treatment and Health Care" section provides useful information about medical treatment, nutrition, and specialty care for children and people co-infected with tuberculosis. Another section presents information on coping with HIV infection.
Produced by the OneWorld Africa center in Zambia, this multimedia web portal on HIV/AIDS went live for World AIDS Day 2001, with a partnership of more than 100 leading aid agencies, human-rights groups, and campaign partners worldwide. The site aims to promote understanding, knowledge sharing, and action on AIDS as a development, social, economic, and human rights issue. It features news, campaign actions, opinion pieces, in-depth analysis, events listings, educational information on HIV/AIDS, and stories from around the world.

The AIDS Library
Cosponsored by Critical Path AIDS Project and Philadelphia Fight (a community-based research initiative on AIDS), the AIDS Library offers a wide array of online informational resources about HIV/AIDS prevention and care, including links to a comprehensive Library Catalog ( and Other Virtual Libraries (

Published by the Global Health Council, AIDSLink is a bimonthly newsletter highlighting global AIDS activities and issues related to the work of non-governmental organizations.

AIDSmap is a partnership project involving the British HIV Association, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, St. Stephens AIDS Trust, and the UK National AIDS Manual publication (NAM). The AIDSmap website includes daily news updates, the latest treatment information, access to confidential testing facilities in the UK, links to research databases, HIV/AIDS conferences, and publications on a wide variety of topics.

APDIME Toolkit
The Synergy Project website offers an online toolkit of resources to HIV/AIDS program managers for HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support programming in developing countries. The toolkit outlines modules for program assessment, design, planning, implementation and monitoring, and evaluation. Clicking on each module brings up a methodical, comprehensive explanation, including an overview and the stages required to complete each programming step.

Behavior Change through Mass Communication: Using Mass Media for AIDS Prevention
Family Health Internationals AIDSCAP project produced this handbook, available online as a PDF file. The document discusses, among other things, how to choose a target group for a mass media project, which media to choose (radio, television or print) and how to work with each one, how to use publicity for the project, using alternative media (such as drama, songs, music and contests), and drawing up project budgets.

Body Positive Magazine
Body Positive is a non-profit community-service organization dedicated to providing a self-help model of HIV/AIDS education, information and support. Its lively, up-to-date, bimonthly publication Body Positive provides cutting-edge information on a full range of issues related to living with HIV/AIDS. Body Positive features provocative profiles of people living with HIV, reports on AIDS in entertainment, sports, politics, and the arts, and investigative treatment stories.

Care of Women with HIV/AIDS Living in Limited Resource Settings
The JHPIEGO Reproline website offers a significant resource in the form of 11 tutorials on the care of women with HIV/AIDS living in limited-resource settings. With RealPlayer software (available for downloading through a provided link), physicians, faculty, health-care trainers and others can acquire the technical knowledge necessary to provide high-quality services on the following topics: prevention, voluntary counseling and testing, reproductive health, HIV and pregnancy, HIV and breastfeeding, HIV and nutrition, antiretroviral therapy for both pregnant and non-pregnant women, and HIV and tuberculosis. For more information, contact Natalie Maier at [email protected].

Developing Materials on HIV/AIDS/STIs for Low-Literate Audiences: A Guide
The Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), together with Family Health International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, produced this guide to creating materials on HIV/AIDS and other STIs for people with low levels of literacy. The guide, which can be downloaded from the PATH website in the form of five PDF files, focuses particularly on the development of pictorial print materials for low-literate audiences.

Ethical Considerations in HIV Preventive Vaccine Research
This UNAIDS document offers HIV vaccine-research guidance on the following topics: vaccine development, vaccine availability, capacity building, research protocols and study populations, community participation, scientific and ethical review, vulnerable populations, clinical trial phases, potential harms, benefits, control group, informed consent, special measures for informed consent, risk-reduction interventions, monitoring informed consent and interventions, care and treatment, women, and children. The document is intended for use by potential research participants, investigators, community members, government representatives, pharmaceutical companies, and ethical and scientific review committees involved in HIV preventive vaccine development. This document is available in English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

Gender and HIV/AIDS
This website takes the form of a "dossier” containing a complete guide to the gender-HIV nexus. The site supplies background information on gender and HIV/AIDS, explains the need for a gender-focused approach, describes impacts and consequences, provides a conceptual model for designing programs, offers links to the latest research and case studies, and provides toolkits on working with gender and HIV/AIDS. The site also offers links to a gender and HIV/AIDS library, other websites, discussion groups, a gender guide, and an HIV/AIDS guide.

Global Campaign for Microbicides News
Global Campaign News, a website and biweekly update administered by the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, provides a forum for international exchange on microbicide activities and information. The site aims to build a more informed and integrated movement for microbicide development and other options for preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Updates cover such issues as international meetings on microbicides, the latest research findings, and relevant news on HIV/AIDS.

Guidelines for the Management of Gynecologic Infections
These fact sheets, available in English and Spanish, serve as guidelines for the management of bacterial vaginosis, cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, cervicitis, chancroid, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes simplex virus, human papillomavirus, menstrual disorders, molluscum, pelvic inflammatory disease, syphilis, trichomonas, and vaginal candidiasis. Important information related to symptoms of active infection, diagnostic tools, treatment options, side effects, and drug interactions are discussed in each fact sheet.

Handbook on Access to HIV/AIDS-related Treatment
Produced by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, UNAIDS, and the WHO Department of Essential Medicines, this handbook assembles information, tools, and resources on treatment for HIV/AIDS for community-based and nongovernmental organizations as well as for groups of people living with HIV/AIDS. The handbook, which may be useful for training workshops or technical support visits, covers such topics as important preliminary questions, foundations of treatment, putting treatment into practice, assessing needs and resources, and learning from and improving HIV/AIDS-related treatment work.

Harvard AIDS Institute
The Harvard AIDS Institute is dedicated to conducting and catalyzing research to end the worldwide AIDS epidemic. The institutes website offers several key resources, including information about scientific research, training programs, and conferences and events. The site also features a long list of the institutes collaborators and a short description of what each one does, as well as access to key publications, including The Harvard AIDS Review ( The Review provides a channel for communicating important HIV/AIDS-related issues to researchers, clinicians, educators, and others interested in working to control the disease.

HIV & AIDS Treatment in Practice
This site links users to “an email newsletter for doctors, nurses, other health care workers and community treatment advocates working in limited-resource settings.” You can go to the above web address to subscribe, or send an email with your name, email address, and the country in which you work to: [email protected] with the words “add HATIP list” in the subject line.

HIV/AIDS NGO/CBO Support Toolkit
Created by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, this toolkit is an electronic library of resources about support for community-based and non-governmental organizations working in HIV/AIDS prevention and care. The toolkit's modules, available to download or on CD-ROM, cover such topics as strategic planning, project design, selecting partners, technical support, monitoring and evaluation, and administration and finance.

HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Support Across Faith-based Communities
Family Health International’s IMPACT project has published an annotated bibliography of resources that faith-based organizations have used to successfully respond to HIV/AIDS in Africa. The bibliography includes information to help readers locate appropriate resources for their communities and to procure materials from appropriate organizations. FHI selected materials for the bibliography that promote dignity and respect for people living with HIV/AIDS and that provide correct information on HIV/AIDS. The bibliography is available as a PDF.

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care in Resource-Constrained Settings: A Handbook for the Design and Management of Programs
Produced by Family Health International, this 28-chapter handbook offers state-of-the-art knowledge on designing and managing HIV/AIDS programs; reducing risk and vulnerability to HIV infection; strengthening sexually transmitted infection management and services; reducing the risk of transmitting HIV to infants; management and support of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS; and prospects for the future. It is designed for use by program managers, technical and programmatic field staff, donor and international partner agencies, health-care providers, and field researchers. The handbook can be downloaded from FHIs website as a PDF.

HIV/AIDS Survey Indicators Database
This comprehensive, web-based tool allows users to create tables and charts for single or multiple countries based on HIV/AIDS indicators compiled from a variety of sample surveys. Indicators, which cover a wide range of program areas, are derived from the UNAIDS National AIDS Programmes Guide to Monitoring and Evaluation.

HIV InSite
Based at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), HIV InSite is a project of UCSF's AIDS Research Institute, the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, and the Positive Health Program. HIV InSite provides "comprehensive, up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and policy." The site also provides access to other HIV/AIDS-related websites around the world, as well as features such as Ask HIV InSite ( and multidisciplinary country profiles of HIV/AIDS (

HIV Medicine 2003
Edited by Christian Hoffmann and Bernd Sebastian Kamps, “HIV Medicine is a medical textbook that provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the treatment of HIV infection.” The 800-page book can be accessed or downloaded (as a PDF file) free of charge, and covers such topics as acute HIV infection, HIV therapy, side effects, lipodystrophy, resistance testing, malignancies, and drugs.

This website, managed by a large group of reputable national and international organizations (, offers straightforward, up-to-date information on the following issues: HIV and You; HIV and Nutrition; Pain and HIV; Opportunistic Infections; Testing for HIV; Women and Children with HIV; Those Wonderful Caregivers; Drug Advisories; Occupational Exposure; and others. The Caregivers page contains practical information and suggestions on how to care for people living with AIDS at home.

HIV Prevention Fact Sheets
The University of California at San Franciscos Center for AIDS Studies has produced a series of 50 fact sheets available as PDF files in both English and Spanish and covering a very wide range of HIV/AIDS related issues.

HIV Prevention in Maternal Health Services
EngenderHealth and UNFPA collaborated on the production of a programming guide and training guide on preventing HIV infection in the context of maternal health services. The programming guide “is intended to provide managers with solid assistance in planning integration of HIV and STI prevention interventions into maternal health services, determining the most appropriate and feasible interventions, training staff in appropriate technical areas, and monitoring and evaluating prevention interventions geared toward pregnant and postpartum women.” The training guide’s objectives are to “ensure that trainees develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to help clients assess their own needs for a range of HIV and STI services, information, and emotional support, to provide clear and correct information appropriate to clients' identified concerns and needs, to assist clients in making their own voluntary and informed decisions about HIV and STI risk reduction, and to help clients develop the skills they will need to carry out those decisions.” Both guides can be downloaded as PDF files.

Horizons AIDSQuest: The HIV/AIDS Survey Library
"AIDSQuest is a resource for researchers and others developing HIV/AIDS-related data collection tools. Horizons has collected surveys from a number of international and local organizations, and from the published literature. Information on how each survey was developed and used is provided. Also featured in AIDSQuest are methodological tips on designing AIDS-related questions." A CD-ROM version also is available. To obtain a copy, contact Rachel Kaufman at [email protected].

How to Create an Effective Communication Project
The Family Health International website offers an online handbook that outlines a basic, comprehensive framework for successful behavior change communication, as well as step-by-step guidance for creating an effective project. The handbook posits a "communications pyramid" with eight levels corresponding to sections of the document: risk factors, target audience, desired behavior and attitude changes, initial planning, messages, communication channels and media, pre-testing, interventions, and measures of success.

ICW Survival Kit
Available in English, French and Spanish, the ICW Survival Kit is produced by the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, and features practical information and advice on a wide range of topics for women who test positive for HIV infection.

It’s My Life: A Guide for Women with HIV
The Terrence Higgins Trust has produced a 20-page booklet covering a range of issues for women living with HIV. The booklet looks specifically at how to get support; the side effects of treatments; sex and relationships; families and children; and pregnancy and contraception. Users can view this publication as a PDF file or order it from the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Johns Hopkins AIDS Service
The Johns Hopkins AIDS Service website is a comprehensive, regularly updated resource for information on HIV/AIDS. Key topic areas include: epidemiology, treatment, prevention, managed care and medical education. The website's Expert Consult page ( features both a "Patient Forum" and a "Clinician Forum." These are interactive question-and-answer pages that allow both lay readers and clinicians to post questions for HIV specialists at the Johns Hopkins AIDS Service. The site also offers The Hopkins HIV Report (, a bimonthly HIV/AIDS care newsletter for health-care professionals.

Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report
The website of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation offers one of the most up-to-date resources on all aspects of HIV/AIDS to anyone with an e-mail address. In addition to the Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, the Foundation offers a Daily Health Report and a Daily Reproductive Health Report. By filling out the required subscription information, interested organizations and individuals can receive the report via e-mail every weekday.

Living Well with HIV/AIDS
The Food and Agriculture Organization has produced a new manual on nutritional care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS. The manual is available online in HTML format. Intended for home care agents and local service providers, it covers such topics as the benefits of good nutrition for people and families living with HIV/AIDS; the importance of healthy and balanced nutrition for everyone; special eating needs for people living with HIV/AIDS; protecting the quality and safety of food; caring for people living with HIV/AIDS; and herbal treatments and remedies. Annexes supply recipes and food for a healthy diet; forms to help monitor food intake and weight changes over time; information on important vitamins and minerals for people living with HIV/AIDS; and a list of institutions and organizations providing support to people living with HIV/AIDS.

Medscape HIV/AIDS Resources
This website is an important medical resource for health-care professionals working in HIV/AIDS. The site provides the latest HIV/AIDS news and conference summaries, as well as treatment updates and practice guidelines.

Mini-courses on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections and
Through this site, EngenderHealth has made available two well-designed, online mini-courses for sexual and reproductive health care providers to its web-based series, Topics in Reproductive Health ( The courses, which include relaistic case studies, are designed to impart self-instructional education and training for health care providers in developing countries on strategies for HIV/AIDS and STI prevention, management, and counseling. The mini-courses are available on the website and CD-ROM.

Positive Women: Voices and Choices
Produced by the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, this 96-page report details the findings of a Zimbabwe-based project "led by positive women to explore the impact of HIV on their sexual behaviour, well-being and reproductive rights, and to promote improvements in policy and practice." The report explains how the women first dealt with their HIV diagnosis, how their relationships and livelihoods changed. It explores sexual and reproductive health and choices made in childbearing, in addition to listing conclusions and recommendations for similar projects. Positive Women includes many case studies and direct quotes from women involved in the project.

Report on the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic
The latest UNAIDS global report updates 2003 end-of-year HIV/AIDS statistics for the world and each of its regions. The report also examines such specific topics as the impact of AIDS on people and societies; bringing comprehensive HIV prevention to scale; treatment, care, and support for people living with HIV; financing the response to AIDS, and national responses to AIDS. Special sections focus on AIDS and orphans; HIV and young people; AIDS and human rights; AIDS and conflict; and the essential role of people living with AIDS. Tables at the end of the document provide data on country-specific HIV/AIDS estimates as of the end of 2003, as well as a description of how UNAIDS attains its statistics. The report is available in English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

Sources and Prices of Selected Drugs and Diagnostics for People Living With HIV/AIDS
Given the need to improve access to drugs for people with HIV/AIDS, particularly in developing countries, this report aims to assist procurement agencies in making informed decisions about the sources of drugs and negotiating affordable prices through the provision of essential market information. Lists of sources and prices take the form of extensive tables linking drugs, including antiretrovirals, to the number of manufacturers and indicative prices. The report also includes a list of drugs by therapeutic group and manufacturers, an index of manufacturers, information on the country location of participating manufacturers, and the geographical distribution of participating manufacturers. Produced by UNICEF, UNAIDS, WHO, and Médecins sans Frontières, this document is available in English, French, and Spanish.

Synergy APDIME Toolkit
This toolkit was designed as a resource to assist program designers and managers to carry out HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support programming in the developing world. Available from the Synergy Project as a CD-ROM, it leads users through the process of assessment, planning, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation (APDIME). The toolkit links users with relevant worksheets, budget templates, survey instruments, data, and software.

Treat Yourself Right: Information for Women With HIV and AIDS
This booklet was produced with the assistance and support of HIV-positive women from Australia. It is a resource for newly diagnosed women, women who have been living with the virus for some time, and those working in the area of care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS. Treat Yourself Right provides a range of health and lifestyle information covering issues such as choosing and working with health care providers, HIV treatments, complementary therapies, opportunistic infections, pregnancy, gynecological conditions, sex, disclosure to family and friends, and co-infection with hepatitis C.

UNAIDS AIDS Epidemic Update (December 2003)
The latest UNAIDS Epidemic Update offers a summary of the HIV/AIDS epidemic as of December 2003. In addition to global and regional statistics on the number of people living with HIV/AIDS, the number of people newly infected in 2003, and the number of AIDS deaths in 2003, the update describes HIV/AIDS trends and progress in responding to the virus in each of the world’s regions.

UNAIDS Best Practice Collection
This collection, produced by UNAIDS, contains "best practice" materials on a wide range of topics related to HIV/AIDS. The Technical Update section, aimed primarily at managers of HIV/AIDS projects and programs, provides a technical overview of selected topics and summarizes the main problems and challenges involved as well as the actual "best practice" responses, with short examples. The Case Studies section presents detailed real-life examples of policies, strategies and projects in a specific region, country or community that offer important lessons learned in responding to the pandemic.

UNICEF Fact Sheets on HIV/AIDS
Among UNICEF’s publications are a series of fact sheets on HIV/AIDS. The fact sheets, available in English, French and Spanish as print documents or PDFs, cover the following topics: Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (; HIV and Infant Feeding (; HIV and Children Affected by Armed Conflict (; Young People and HIV/AIDS (; and Orphans and Other Children Affected by HIV/AIDS (

What Parliamentarians Can Do about HIV/AIDS
This 36-page information kit, the product of a collaboration between UNICEF, UNAIDS, European Parliamentarians for Africa, and The Parliamentary Network of the World Bank, is available in both English and French, and as a print document or PDF. The kit, which focuses particularly on HIV/AIDS as it relates to children and young people, “calls on parliamentarians to use their influence and resources in halting the spread of HIV/AIDS.”

What Religious Leaders Can Do About HIV/AIDS
UNICEF, along with the World Conference of Religions for Peace and UNAIDS, has produced a 56-page information kit on how religious organizations can help respond to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The kit, available in English or French and as a print document or PDF, “appeals to leaders of various faith communities to use their influence, moral leadership and resources to alter the course of the epidemic,” particularly in relation to children and young people.

Women, Children, and HIV
Jointly sponsored by the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center and the Center for HIV Information of the University of California at San Francisco, this site covers the topics of preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission, infant feeding, clinical care of women and children living with HIV infection, and the support of orphans. The site aims to contribute to improving the scale and quality of international HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs for women and children by increasing access to authoritative HIV/AIDS information. It offers access to a library of materials, country programs, and resources on women, children, and HIV. The site also features an up-to-date news section.

Working with Men, Responding to AIDS
The International HIV/AIDS Alliance is offering viewers a collection of case studies designed to assist projects in working with men on issues linked to HIV/AIDS. In the context of gender, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS, the collection assembles experiences and lessons learned from a wide range of projects that work with men. “By showcasing experiences and lessons from the field in the form of case studies,” the collection “offers inspiration, ideas and models for working with different kinds of men in a range of contexts.” The publication is available as a print document or as a PDF.

Youth InfoNet
YouthNet is a five-year global program (2001-2006) coordinated by Family Health International and sponsored by USAID. The program's goal is to improve reproductive health and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people aged 10 to 24. Youth InfoNet is an important component of the program, and takes the form of a monthly electronic source for new publications and information on youth reproductive health and HIV prevention. These publications include both program resources and research articles. To subscribe to Youth InfoNet or to propose submissions to this newsletter, users can send an email to [email protected].

YouthNet Publications
YouthNet is a five-year global program (2001-2006) coordinated by Family Health International and sponsored by USAID. The program's goal is to improve reproductive health and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people aged 10 to 24. Two new publications are available from the YouthNet program in English, French and Spanish. The first, YouthLens2 (, discusses how "Sexuality and Family Life Education Help Prepare Young People." The document helps provide answers to such questions as "Do school-based sexuality education programs lead teenagers to have sex?", "What makes a school-based sexuality education program successful?", "At what age should school-based programs about sexuality begin?", and "Can curricula developed in one culture be adapted to another setting?" The second document, YouthLens 3 (, examines HIV/AIDS voluntary counseling and testing for young people, including such issues as demand for services, impact on behavior, and programmatic challenges.

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