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The Science Inside: HIV and AIDS

This booklet helps to explain what doctors and scientists know about the HIV and AIDS epidemic. It summarizes what HIV and AIDS are and what happens when HIV becomes AIDS, including the health problems that can result. The e-book explains how the diseases are spread, what groups suffer most from them, how they may be prevented, how they are treated, and what the latest research reveals.

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Additional resources on HIV and AIDS are provided below, in both English and Spanish.

Resources in English

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and HIV/AIDS
The Office of Minority Health
Talks about why Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders should be concerned about HIV.

Caring for Someone with AIDS at Home
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Provides information on how best to provide homecare for someone with AIDS to keep them and you as healthy as possible.

HIV and AIDS
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Answers questions about HIV.

HIV and AIDS: Are You at Risk?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Defines HIV and AIDS and tells you what risk factors make you more at risk to contract HIV, how you can find out if you are infected, and what you should do if you are HIV positive.

HIV and AIDS in Pregnancy
March of Dimes
Gives general information about AIDS and HIV, as well as how to reduce the chances of passing either condition on to your fetus or baby, the symptoms of HIV/AIDS in babies, and what treatments are available.

HIV and Its Treatment: What You Should Know (2nd edition)
HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service
Provides answers to a long list of questions about HIV.

HIV Testing
New Mexico AIDS InfoNet
Answers general questions about HIV/AIDS testing.

HIV Infection: Coping with the Diagnosis
American Academy of Family Physicians
Answers questions about how to deal with the news you have HIV.

HIV Infection in Adolescents
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Tells why young people should care about HIV.

HIV Infection in Minority Populations
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Discusses how minorities are infected with AIDS and HIV more than other groups.

HIV Infection in Women
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Talks about why women should be concerned about HIV.

HIV, Pregnancy, and AZT
American Academy of Family Physicians
Defines perinatal HIV, tells when you can find out if your baby is infected if you have HIV, and what you can do to reduce the risk of passing HIV on, including the use of AZT.

HIV Vaccines Explained
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Explains what an HIV vaccine would be and talks about clinical trials for a vaccine.

How to Spot HIV/AIDS Fraud
New Mexico AIDS InfoNet
Gives information to keep you from being scammed by con artists.

Living with HIV/AIDS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Answers questions about HIV and AIDS, living with HIV, and staying healthy.

More Than Just Meds! Tips and Tricks to Maintain Your Quality of Life
National Minority AIDS Council
Gives HIV positive people suggestions for making life better and staying healthy.

Once or Twice?: A Guide to Medication Dosing for the Treatment of HIV Infection
National Minority AIDS Council
Gives the reasons for why HIV medicines have to be taken at different times and in different amounts.

Participating in a Clinical Trial
New Mexico AIDS InfoNet
Offers general information about AIDS clinical trials and things to consider before signing up for one.

Positive? How Are You Feeling?
Project Inform
Talks about issues relevant to HIV-positive women.

Preventing Infections during Travel
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Gives HIV positive travelers tips about avoiding infection and illness during their trips.

Preventing Infections from Pets
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Provides questions about living and working with animals if you have HIV.

Preventing the Sexual Transmission of HIV, the Virus that Causes AIDS: What You Should Know about Oral Sex
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Discusses why oral sex is not safe sex.

Protecting the Health in Latino Communities: Combating HIV/AIDS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Talks about HIV and AIDS and its impact on Latinos in the U.S.

Safe Food and Water
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Answers questions about why HIV positive people should be careful about food and water.

Safer Sex Guidelines
New Mexico AIDS InfoNet
Answers questions about how HIV is spread during sex.

Side Effects
New Mexico AIDS InfoNet
Mentions most common side effects of HIV medications and the steps you can take to lessen their effects.

Social Security Benefits for People Living with HIV/AIDS
Social Security Administration
Talks about whether HIV positive people are eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits.

Stopping the Spread of HIV
New Mexico AIDS InfoNet
Gives suggestions for protecting yourself from getting HIV.

Telling Others You’re HIV Positive
New Mexico AIDS InfoNet
Gives suggestions for if and how to discuss your HIV status with others.

Tips for Teens: The Truth about AIDS
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Discusses why teenagers should be concerned about HIV.

What Is AIDS?
New Mexico AIDS InfoNet
Answers basic questions about AIDS.

Women and HIV/AIDS
National Women’s Health Information Center
Answers basic questions about women and HIV.

Recursos En Español

El VIH y el SIDA en el embarazo
March of Dimes
Gives general information about AIDS and HIV, as well as how to reduce the chances of passing either condition on to your fetus or baby, the symptoms of HIV/AIDS in babies, and what treatments are available.

Guía de Beneficios Por Incapacidad de Seguro Social y SSI Para Personas Con VIH
Social Security Administration
Answers some questions about what Social Security disability benefits people with HIV are entitled to.

Más allá de los medicamentos: Trucos y consejos para mantener su calidad de vida
National Minority AIDS Council
Gives HIV positive people suggestions for making life better and staying healthy.

Prevención de infecciones causadas por animales
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Provides questions about living and working with animals if you have HIV.

Prevención de infecciones durante viajes
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Gives HIV positive travelers tips about avoiding infection and illness during their trips.

Terapia contra el VIH
NAM
This booklet is a summary of  HIV treatment guidelines: a set of recommendations about how anti-HIV therapy should be used to treat people.

VIH: afrontando el diagnóstico

American Academy of Family Physicians
Answers questions about how to deal with the news you have HIV.

VIH y mujeres
NAM
Provides information to help answer questions on living well with the virus, and on talking to your doctor and others involved in your health care.