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News, Global Health, Public Health: Today is World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day 2009

33.4 million people in the world are living with AIDS

Image Credit: http://UNAIDS.org – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009

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Following is a brief list of statistical or factual sources for HIV/AIDS information:

  • The UNAIDS.org (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) website offers a variety of factual and global epidemiological reports found on their Knowledge Center page.   Also see the 72-page 2008 UNAIDS Annual Report, available to download at no cost.

  • CDC staff collects a wide variety of epidemiological statistics about HIV/AIDS in the United State.  One useful page is a link to factual data for individual U.S. states…. as an example,  click here to view the latest HIV/AIDS data for the state of Connecticut.   For other HIV/AIDS state data, also see this site from CDC.
  • This site, HIV Reality (from the UK), has a group of interviews with people living with AIDS.
  • An excellent subscription resource available for UCHC library users, GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network) provides an impressive list of HIV/AIDS related statistical sources for countries worldwide.  Here is a link to a FAQ-handout on using GIDEON handout.

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Finally, knowing one’s own HIV status is essential information.  At HIVTest.org an interactive list of local testing or counseling resources from U.S. healthcare agencies can be assembled (by zipcode).  The pop-up list will show which agencies will test for free.

A screenshot below (from HIVTest.org page) shows a list of current testing recommendations for those who are sexually active:

Image Credit: HIVTest.org – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009

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