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HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD) is observed annually around the world on May 18th. The day serves as an annual commemoration of the need for and commitment to the ongoing search for a vaccine. There is no vaccine for HIV. As noted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “HIV vaccine development has been challenging largely because of the unique characteristics of the virus.” There have been continuous efforts to develop an effective HIV vaccine since the late 1980s. The clinical RV144 vaccine trial conducted in Thailand in 2009 is arguably the most successful trial to date. Scientists combined two vaccines that failed on their own, which lowered the rate of HIV infection by 31 percent. Researchers are fervently making strides to create a vaccine for HIV. The number of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths worldwide have decreased by more than one-third in the past decade which may be attributed to the tremendous advancement of HIV prevention and treatment.

Please check out the references highlighted below for more information.


Here are some titles that we have in the library


AHFS Drug Information 2015, American Society of Health System Pharmacists – note, if you find this text difficult to navigate check out Medline Plus and/or Daily Med.

This day is especially important to the librarians.

CROI 2015: Neutralizing Antibodies Provide Hope for an HIV Vaccine

easy-to-digest research updates.

This year brought the launch of long-awaited initiation of clinical trials building on positive results from the RV144 “Thai” trial. This effort is led by the Pox-Protein Public-Private Partnership (P5), including the the HIV Vaccine Trials Network, who will join the webinar to provide a status update of their current vaccine research and development program. We will also feature Janssen, part of Johnson & Johnson, to provide an overview of the research program they are moving forward that focuses on a cross-clade vaccine product.

This webinar will be the next installment in our Prevention on the Line series, a year-long dialogue on pressing issues in HIV prevention research and implementation.

For advocates planning HVAD activities or simply looking for an update on the latest in the field, AVAC is updating its “HVAD Toolkit”, which includes a range of materials with HIV vaccine research highlights. The updated Toolkit will be available shortly at Please email us if you’re looking for a specific resource right away.

We look forward to commemorating another HVAD with all of you as we continue to work toward the ultimate goal of a vaccine to prevent HIV. AVAC would especially like to thank the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, the US Agency for International Development, and our civil society partners in countries for supporting and partnering in HVAD and other vaccine advocacy initiatives.

We look forward to hearing your voices and questions in this discussion. And, as always, please email us at with questions, comments and suggestions.


World Health Day – Food Access in Philadelphia

April 7th is World Health Day. The theme for World Health Day 2015 is food safety. We recognize that access to safe, nutritious food is a critical issue for many people living in Philadelphia. The AIDS Library of Philadelphia FIGHT has a variety of resources available to the public that provide information about accessing nutritious, and at times, free meals in Philadelphia. Some of resources are outlined below:

Free Meals in Philadelphia

Free Meals in Philadelphia – The Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative updates this resource listing of organizations providing free meals in Philadelphia. The publication includes a weekly schedule for each organization, as well as distinctions for populations that services are catered to including, but not limited to, wheel chair access, women and children only, men only, seniors only, and shelters.

The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger offers a list of resources including:

Additionally, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly referred to as food stamps) offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families in need of groceries. To see if you qualify to receive SNAP benefits and to apply for benefits, the following options are available to you:

  • Call the SNAP Hotline at 215-430-0556: Residents of Bucks, Chester, and Philadelphia counties can apply for SNAP benefits by phone. Hotline counselors are available Monday-Friday (9am-5pm)
  • BenePhilly Centers offer free one-on-one professional support to help Philadelphians enroll in benefits. To find a BenePhilly Center near you, call 844-848-4376 to schedule an appointment. If you are located in Center City, schedule an appointment at Philadelphia FIGHT (1233 Locust Street, 3rd Floor). Cayden Halligan, Care and Outreach Librarian of the AIDS Library is available to help you from 9am-5pm.
  • Text “SNAP” to 84700

 Nutrition Counseling and Meal Program in Philadelphia

MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) – MANNA provides “nourishing, healthy, healing food” to people living in Philadelphia battling life-threatening illnesses. The staff at MANNA create and home-deliver meals customized for 11 different dietary modifications to accommodate different diseases. To find if meals may be delivered in your area, check here. MANNA’s Registered Dietitians provide free nutrition counseling in both individual or group consultations.

Tips for Food Safety

The World Health Organization (WHO) has a number of factsheets and manuals in PDF format available on their website with food safety tips for the public. Most of the resources are available in the official languages of WHO (English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, and Russian) unless specified below. Some of those include:

5 Keys to Safer Food (available in the official WHO languages)

How to Prepare Formula for Bottle-Feeding at Home (available in the official WHO languages)

How to Prepare Formula for Cup-Feeding at Home (available in the official WHO languages)

How to Prepare Powdered Infant Formula in Care Setting (available in the official WHO languages)

For additional information, contact the AIDS Library at


National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed annually to highlight the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. In 2013, one out of five new HIV infection diagnoses were among women and girls over the age of 13. HIV/AIDS remains a significant health issue for women and girls, who comprised 23% of  the people living with HIV in the United States in 2011.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African American and Latina women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV. The rate of HIV infection among African American women remains the highest among all women – 19 times that of white women, and 4 times that of Latina women. There have been encouraging trends about HIV among women: The rate of HIV diagnoses among adult and adolescent women decreased from 8.3 per 100,000 in 2009 to 6.9 per 100,000 in 2013, due in part to a 21% reduction in the number of HIV infections among African American women from 2008 through 2010.

Here are resources, including many freely available fact sheets, that you can use to learn about HIV/AIDS and its impact on women and girls.


Here are some titles we have in the Library (for more titles, search our catalog here)


  • A Place Called Self: Women, Sobriety, and Radical Transformation, Stephanie Brown, Yvonne Pearson
  • A Woman’s Guide to Living with HIV Infection, Rebecca Clark; Jill Hayes Hammer; Robert Maupin
  • Baking Cakes in Kigali, Gaile Parkin
  • Does Your House Have Lions?, Sonia Sanchez
  • Health First!: The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide, Hilary Beard; Eleanor Hinton Hoyt
  • Hey, Shorty!: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Public Schools and on the Streets, Girls for Gender Equality, Joanne Smith; Mandy Van Deven; Megan Huppuch
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves: a New Edition for a New Era, Boston Women’s Health Book Collective
  • Positive/Negative: Women of Color and HIV/AIDS: a Collection of Plays, Imani Harrington; Chyrell Bellamy
  • Push, Sapphire
  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, Janet Mock
  • Sistahfaith : Real Stories of Pain, Truth, and Triumph, Marilynn Griffith
  • Surviving HIV/AIDS in the Inner City: How Resourceful Latinas Beat the Odds,
  • The Black Women’s Health Book: Speaking for Ourselves, Evelyn White
  • The Kid, Sapphire
  • The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and HIV Positive, Marvelyn Brown; Courtney Martin
  • The Secret: Love, Marriage, and HIV, Jennifer Hirsch
  • Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, Julia Serrano
  • Women’s Experiences with HIV/AIDS: Mending Fractured Selves, Desiree Ciamborne
  • Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power & a World Without Rape, Jaclyn Friedman; Jessica Valenti


  • 3 Needles
  • Born in Flames
  • For Colored Girls
  • Gia
  • Girl Positive
  • Holiday Heart
  • Life Support
  • Rent
  • Yesterday


For a brief introduction to this issue, see the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Women and HIV/AIDS in the United States

For a longer introduction, see:

For statistical introductions, see:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s webpage on HIV among Women – for basic factsheets, podcasts, and other resources
  • New Mexico AIDS Education and Training Center’s Women and HIV


For considerations of HIV/AIDS and pregnancy/reproductive justice, see:

For considerations of HIV/AIDS among African American Women, see:

For additional resources, contact the AIDS Library of Philadelphia FIGHT.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed annually to highlight the disproportionate burden of HIV among African-Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African-Americans accounted for 47% of persons who received an HIV diagnosis in 2012. A recent report published by the CDC found that the mortality rate among American Americans with HIV declined 28% between 2009-2012. Despite this progress, African American communities have higher HIV infection and mortality rates than any other groups. The 2012 rate is 47% higher than Latinos, and 13% higher than whites.

Here are resources, including many freely available factsheets, that you can use to learn about HIV/AIDS and its impact on Black communities.


Here are some titles we have in the Library (for more titles, search our catalog here)


  • AIDS and African Americans: A Guide for Substance Abuse, Sexuality, and Care, Pamela Blackwell Johnson
  • Ashamed to Die: Silence, Denial, and the AIDS Epidemic in the South, Andrew Skerritt
  • Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies, and Denial in Black America, Keith Boykin
  • Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men, Joseph Beam; Essex Hemphill
  • Does Your House Have Lions?, Sonia Sanchez
  • Health First!: The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide, Hilary Beard; Eleanor Hinton Hoytt
  • Health Issues in the Black Community, Ronald Braithwaite; Sandra Taylor
  • In the Life: a Black Gay Anthology, Joseph Beam
  • Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and their Loved Ones, Hill Harper
  • Living with HIV/AIDS: The Black Person’s Guide to Survival, Eric Goosby
  • Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Examination on Black Americans from Colonial Times to Present, Harriet Washington
  • My Brother, Jamaica Kincaid
  • Not in My Family: AIDS in the African-American Community, Gil L. Robertson IV
  • Push, Sapphire
  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, Janet Mock
  • The Kid, Sapphire
  • The Black Women’s Health Book: Speaking for Ourselves, Evelyn White
  • The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Blackness, Cathy Cohen
  • The Secret Epidemic: The Story of AIDS in Black America, Jacob Levenson


  • All of Us
  • Black is — Black Ain’t
  • Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S.
  • Cover
  • End Game: AIDS in Black America
  • For Colored Girls
  • Holiday Heart
  • Life Support
  • Living Life to the Fullest: a Guide for HIV Positive African Americans
  • Marlon T. Rigg’s Tongues Untied
  • One Week
  • Out of Control: AIDS in Black America
  • Paris is Burning
  • The Announcement
  • Yesterday


For a brief introduction to this issue, see the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Black Americans and HIV/AIDS

For a longer introduction, see:

For statistical introductions, see:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s webpage on HIV among African Americans – for basic factsheets, podcasts, and other resources
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau’s factsheet about HIV/AIDS and African Americans

Specific Issues

For considerations of HIV/AIDS among African American Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM), see:

For considerations of HIV/AIDS among African American Women and other intersecting issues including pregnancy, see:


For personal accounts, see:

  • The Body’s Up Close & Personal, first-person narratives from African Americans living with HIV
  • Greater Than AIDS’ Speak Out campaign, first-person stories aimed at confronting the silence and stigma that surrounds HIV/AIDS
  • Justin’s HIV Journey, Justin shares his experiences as a gay man living with HIV
  • Rae Lewis-Thorton’s Diva Living with HIV, Rae shares her experiences as a woman living with AIDS

For additional resources, contact the AIDS Library.

Free Tax Help in Philadelphia (2015 Edition)

Free Tax Help 2015 – Click here to download the AIDS Library’s printable pathfinder to free tax help in Philadelphia, updated for 2015.


Volunteer Income Tax Program – The IRS runs VITA to give free tax-filing assistance to low- and moderate-income individuals and families. See flyer above for a complete list of sites in Philadelphia


  • These sites are not VITA centers. They are places that host VITA volunteers.  Although some VITA sites for 2014 are walk-in only, call the phone numbers (on the flier) before going to any of these locations.  Availability and hours will vary. For specific dates/hours of operation, search here.
  • People must bring the following to VITA appointments:
    • Proof of identification – Picture ID
    • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents
    • Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
    • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
    • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc from all employers
    • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
    • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available
    • Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check
    • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax identifying number (the provider’s Social Security Number or the provider’s business Employer Identification Number) if appropriate
    • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
    • Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements, if applicable

To find VITA sites beyond Philadelphia, search here, or call the free hotline: 1-800-906-9887.

The Campaign for Working Families – The CWF website includes a chart of who is eligible for their services. Their website includes a map of their 18 Philadelphia tax prep sites.  Anyone hoping to use this service should call the number of the location (listed at that website) to make an appointment. You may also call 215-851-1886.

American Association of Retired Persons – Folks of low-to-middle income who are 60 or older can get free services through AARP, as part of the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program. To locate the nearest site, call 1-888-227-7669, or search for a site online.



The Benefit Bank’s Self-Serve Edition – A free online tax service for anyone who has an Adjusted Gross Income of $65,000 or less, designed to be a self-serve program. – Despite a name that makes it sound like a commercial scam, this is a collaboration of Campaign for Working Families, United Way, and Wal-Mart, to provide free online tax software, as well as additional tax tips. A free online tax service for anyone who has an Adjusted Gross Income of $58,000 or less.

Paper Tax Forms – all tax forms are available free to download from the IRS’s website.  Here are webpages with:

Order Tax Forms by Phone – You can also call the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 to order forms by US mail. Individuals can order up to 10 forms (or other IRS publications).

Disability and Non-English Speakers – The Philadelphia Revenue Department also offers large print bills, Braille bills, audio cassettes and foreign language telephone interpreter services for folks doing taxes.  To request these, call 215-686-6600.


Earned Income Tax Credit – An webpage about EITC, which helps people who work but make low salaries reduce their tax payment or get a refund. Also see the EITC and Disability webpage.

Taxpayer Rights – An webpage about rights regarding taxes, including various publications and factsheets.  A few highlights of the page that may be of use to our clients (or us):

Identity Theft – The IRS also offers an Identity Theft Hotline at 1-800-908-4490 for anyone who believes:

  • That their tax records are currently affected by identity theft and that they have not been able to resolve the matter
  • They may be at risk of identity theft due to a lost/stolen purse or wallet, questionable credit card activity or credit report also has a webpage with additional information regarding Identity Theft and Your Tax Records.

Updated Fact Sheets from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated the following four fact sheets:

The fact sheets include information and statistics on diagnoses of HIV infection and AIDS in each population. Prevention challenges and information about CDC programs and campaigns are also included.

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.

Educational material about HIV/AIDS:

  • 52 ways to create an AIDS-free world, Donald E. Messer.
  • The Complete HIV/AIDS Teaching Kit, Josefina J. Card et al – A multimedia teaching kit with activities, discussion questions, quizzes, PowerPoint slides, and more.
  • HIV Prevention Among Drug Users: A Resource Book for Community Planners & Program Managers, Academy for Educational Development.
  • Our Whole Lives: Sexual Education, Unitarian Universalist Association – Separate instruction books and workbooks for grades K-1, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, and adults.
  • Sexualidad y el VIH/SIDA: Modulos innovadores de enseñanza, Ineke Cunningham et al – HIV/AIDS curriculum materials in Spanish.
  • Talk with Young People About HIV: Information and Guidance to Get You Started, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Teaching Adults to Communicate with Youth from a Christian Perspective, and Teaching Adults to Communicate with Youth from a Muslim Perspective, Family Health International – Sections on sexual health, sexually-transmitted infections, and HIV/AIDS.

General information about HIV/AIDS:

  • 101 Questions & Answers About HIV & AIDS, by Joel Gallant.
  • The AIDS Awareness Library series: What Is AIDS, Myths and Facts About AIDS, What You Can Do About AIDS, and Heroes Against AIDS, Anna Forbes.
  • HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction, Alan Whiteside.
  • The Inside Story on AIDS: Experts Answer Your Questions, Seth C. Kalichman.
  • Our Stories Our Songs: African Children Talk About AIDS, Deborah Ellis.
  • My Grandma Has AIDS: Annisha’s Story, Valerie Reeder-Bey & Annisha Wilburn.
  • Teen Life: Frequently Asked Questions About AIDS and HIV, Richard Robinson.

DVDs exploring HIV/AIDs:

  • All of Us – Documentary about two women struggling with the social factors that put them at risk for HIV.
  • And the Band Played On – Historical fiction account of the early days of the AIDS epidemic.
  • 3 Needles – Fictional portraits of people around the world facing the AIDS crisis.
  • How to Survive a Plague – Documentary profile of HIV/AIDS activist groups ACT UP and TAG.
  • Life Support – Based on a true story of an HIV-positive woman (played by Queen Latifah).
  • One + One – Documentary about two couples of mixed HIV status “choosing to love in spite of fear.”
  • Out of Control: AIDS in Black America – ABC Primetime documentary about AIDS among African-Americans.
  • Philadelphia – Fictional account of an HIV-positive man challenging discrimination (set in Philly!).
  • Pandemic: Facing AIDS – Documentary profile of individuals facing the AIDS epidemic around the world.
  • What if You’re 15 and HIV-Positive: Amanda’s Story – Short profile of a young woman living with HIV.


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.

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

October 15th is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Naawarenesslatino_118tional Latino AIDS Awareness Day is observed annually to highlight the disproportionate burden of HIV among Latinos/Hispanics. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Latinos/Hispanics — despite representing only 16% of the U.S. population — accounted for 21% of new HIV infections in 2010.

Explore the resources and information I have gathered below about HIV and its impact on Latinos/Hispanics.


In the AIDS Library

Materials that may be checked out:

Health Issues in the Latino Community, published by Jossey-Bass
Handbook of HIV and Social Work: Principles, Practices, and Populations, by Cynthia Cannon Poindexter
Compañeros : Latino Activists in the Face of AIDS, by Jesus Ramirez-Valles


Materials available in Spanish from national organizations:

The Body

Medicamentos Contra el VIH
Cuándo Comenzar y Qué Tomar

El VIH y Yo: Un guía para vivir con el VIH para hispanos

Project Inform

Consideraciones sobre el Tratamiento y tu Salud
Después de Recibir una Prueba Positiva 
Ahora que ya has inciado el Tratamiento

 Pennsylvania Department of Health

Sobre Como Vivir con el VIH
La Prevencion de Infecciones Oportunistas: Consejos para personas que tienen el VIH


For statistical information about HIV/AIDS among Latino/Hispanic populations, see:

  • The Latino Commission on AIDS has comprehensive factsheets and reports about HIV/AIDS and its impact on Latino/Hispanic populatins
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s infographics, available in both English and Spanish
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s HIV Among Hispanics/Latinos page includes factsheets, slide sets, and the HIV/AIDS page in Spanish
  • The AIDS InfoNet provides current information on HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in the form of single-topic factsheets that are available in English and Spanish
  • The Body’s HIV/AIDS Resource Center for Latinos offers a variety of resources including statistics, special reports, and news.

Conversation Starters

For information and resources that are designed to be used as a conversation starters in Latino/Hispanic communities, see:

*Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the Hashtag #NLAAD*


Specific Issues

For safer sex / prevention messages aimed Latino/Hispanic communities, see:

For more on how HIV/AIDS affects specific communities within Latino/Hispanic populations, see:

 National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (Dia Nacional Latino para la Concientizacion del SIDA)

There are a number of websites dedicated to National Latino AIDS Awareness Day that provide comprehensive information and resources about HIV/AIDS among Hispanic/Latino communities

HIV/AIDS and Aging


Thursday, September 18th is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day




In honor of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day I have put together a comprehensive list of resources available on the web about HIV and Aging. If you are in the Philadelphia area, join the LGBT Elder Initiative for the event listed below.

Gettin’ Older with HIV
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 10am – 12:30pm
Location” 330 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA (St. Luke & The Epiphany)
Details: a free community workshop to update people living with HIV/AIDS, caregivers and service providers about the unique issues facing LGBT people with HIV/AIDS as they get older


In the AIDS Library

Materials focusing primarily on aging

  • Aging with HIV: A Gay Man’s Guide, by James Masten
  • Aging with HIV: Psychological, Social, and Health Issues, by Janice E. Nichols et al
  • What People Over 50 Need to Know About HIV and AIDS, by the PA Department of Health – a pamphlet, available in both English and Spanish
  • The New Ourselves, Growing Older: Women Aging with Knowledge and Power,  by Doress-Worters and Paula Brown – part of the Our Bodies, Ourselves series
  • Nutrition in Aging, by Eleanor D. Schlenker

Materials with sections focusing on aging:

  • The Alternative Health & Medicine Encyclopedia, by James E. Marti – with a chapter called “Aging”
  • Doctor, What Should I Eat?, by Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D. – with a section called “Aging: No One Lives Forever – But It’s Worth a Try”
  • Extended Health Care At Home: A Complete and Practical Guide, by Evelyn M. Baulch – with a section “Care for the Elderly”
  • The Gay Men’s Wellness Guide, by Robert E. Penn – with chapters called “Older Gay Men,” and “Aging”
  • Natural Family Doctor: The Comprehensive Self-Help Guide to Health and Natural Medicine, by Dr. Andrew Stanway et al – with a section of “The later years” and “Death and bereavement”
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves, by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective – with a sections on “Midlife and Menopause” and “Our Later Years”
  • The Planned Parenthood Women’s Health Encyclopedia, by Planned Parenthood – with an entry on “Aging” and entries on many other issues related to Aging
  • The Women’s Complete Wellness Book, by Debra R. Judelson, M.D., and Diana L. Dell, M.D. – with chapters called “Mature Years: Ages 46 to 64” and “Older Years: Ages 65 and Over”

The Basics

For a brief introduction to this issue, see AIDS InfoNet’s Older People and HIV.

For a longer introduction, see:

For a statistical introductions, see

For a comprehensive patient handout, see the HIV Training and Resource Initiative’s Coming of Age: A Guide to Aging Well With HIV, a 68-page booklet filled with clear explanations of the aspects of medical care and practical advice for staying health.

Specific Issues

For considerations of HIV risk among older folks (and people having sex with them), see:

For safer sex / prevention messages aimed at older adults, especially those at high risk, see:

For more on the way HIV can effect aging, see

For a couple other specific issues around living with HIV in older age, see:

News & Personal Accounts

For news, see

For personal accounts, see

For video personal accounts, see:

  • Aging POZitively – a 35-minute video profiling three older HIV+ adults
  • AARP’s Standing Up to Stigma – an article and 6-minute video profiling a retired doctor who was kicked out of an assisted living facility because of his HIV status
  • The Graying of AIDS – the website of a documentary currently in progress, with dozens of interviews

Info for Providers

For longer introductions about HIV/AIDS and aging aimed at providers:

For clinical research on HIV/AIDS and aging, see:

For an educational video aimed at providers, see the AIDS Education & Training Center’s HIV and Older Adults, a 28-minute video about co-morbities, treatment, psychosocial issues, the importance of testing older adults, and more.

Upcoming Webinars

For upcoming webinars,

ACRIA HIV & Aging Training  
All webinars take place from 1-3pm EST.

Health Promotion for Older Adults Living with HIV (October 22, 2014)

This two hour webinar will provide an overview of how HIV progresses and affects the overall health of older adults. This information will then be related to how service providers can play a role in promoting and helping older adults living with HIV stay linked to care and maintain viral load suppression.
Sexual Health of Older Adults (December 17, 2014)

This two-hour webinar is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of sexual activity among older adults and the need for effective and tailored HIV/STI prevention messages to help improve sexual health. Data on the sexual activity and function of older adults will be provided from a number of sources, including ACRIA’s research with older adults.

Resiliency of Older Adults Living with HIV/AIDS (November, 12, 2014)

This two hour webinar will provide an overview of the different types of resiliency qualities and how their associations with positive healthy behaviors impact the health of older adults living with HIV.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Varying times.

HIV/AIDS, Aging, and Social Service Providers Webinar: Why Should I Care and What Can I Do? (September 16, 2014) 12:00-1pm EST

HIV/AIDS, Aging, and Health Care Providers Webinar: What All Practitioners Should Know (September 17, 2014) 1:00-2:00pm EST

What HIV Testing is Like When You’re Queer, Black and Undocumented

As written by Alan Pelaez Lopez. Originally published on Black Girl Dangerous.

“Last fall, I received a call from an old partner I had not spoken to in six-months. In the middle of debating whether to answer or not, I accidentally accepted the call and heard his voice. I went to get tested and I’m HIV positive, you need to get tested, he quietly explained. He sounded tired, filled with the kind of panic that comes after days of shock and denial. It was the same tone I remembered carrying in my voice one day in Boston as a glass bottle flew towards me—then shattering as it hit me—followed by an older White male calling me “illegal.” I heard his voice and I could not breathe. I was scared for him, for me, for life.

After the phone call, all I could think was: Can I even get tested?Growing up undocumented and queer on the East Coast meant only seeing a doctor when my temperature was over 104º or there were free clinic drives at local non-profits.”

Read the story in its entirety here.

In Alan’s article, he narrates the barriers that many people face when trying to access HIV testing.  Many organizations, clinics, and hospitals require a state or federal identification card to receive an HIV test. Each year, the AIDS Library publishes the HIV Testing Guide available here. For a listing of organizations included in our guide that do not require the use of an ID to get tested contact our Public Services and Reference Librarian, the editor of this blog, Megan Threats at