Learning About and Living With HIV/AIDS
Since the world first became acquainted with AIDS more than 20 years ago, the research and literature available about the subject has grown in leaps and bounds. Just try typing “AIDS” into any search engine and you’ll be bombarded with thousands upon thousands of hits. By asking more specific questions about the subject, you can start using the Web to learn how to successfully live with the disease, talk to someone about HIV/AIDS, or get involved in activism organizations.
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HIV/AIDS affects people in a multitude of ways; perhaps you’ve lost someone to the illness, or you’ve recently been diagnosed with HIV, or are simply trying to live a happy, successful life. Regardless of your circumstances, you will be able to find someone to share your feelings with about HIV/AIDS. The Web offers great online communities and the opportunity to find local support groups in your own community.
- Some of the Web sites mentioned in this guide, including AEGIS, The Body, AIDSmeds.com, and the National Pediatric AIDS Network have message boards, forums, or personal stories from people affected by or living with HIV/AIDS.
- If you prefer talking with someone face to face rather than on the Web, try typing “HIV support groups” and your city name in a search engine to find support meetings in your area.
AIDS/HIV Support Groups
has a list of general support hotlines for people living with HIV/AIDS. Contact numbers are provided for organizations at a national and state level.
has more than 150 message boards with subjects related to a variety of diseases and health topics. Select a category in the “Message Boards” box and then click “Jump to Board.” To participate in the message boards, you must first register for a free account.
has free chat rooms for heterosexuals with HIV/AIDS, transsexuals with HIV/AIDS, HIV-positive parents, and more.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
address HIV issues in the criminal justice system. Learn about topics such as “Drug Use, HIV, and The Criminal Justice System,” “HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing in the Criminal Justice System,” and “Providing Services to Inmates Living with HIV.” This site is straightforward in its presentation and most of the articles are available in PDF format.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs
provides tailored information for HIV/AIDS patients and the public, as well as for health care providers. A specific advantage to this site is the “Daily news updates” section which offers recent news items about HIV/AIDS developments. The gap between some dates does indicate that the updates aren’t exactly daily, but they will be current within a few days.
has a personals page for people living with HIV/AIDS and looking for companionship, whether it’s just someone to talk to or a romantic relationship (just try to look past the ads). To reach the Personals page, click on the “POZ AIDS Services Directory” link. A more detailed explanation of the NAPWA site is available in the AIDS Awareness section of this guide.
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