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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If you have HIV or are concerned about how you can get HIV, the Internet can be a great place to answer your questions as long as you are careful about the types of information you read. Not all sites have good information, but we’ll help you sort out what you can use.
- Some questions are embarrassing to ask in person. The Web can be a great place to ask your health-related questions privately and, often, anonymously.
- It’s important to make sure that the information you read about health issues is accurate. The sites listed here are all trustworthy but there are many more sites out there: some are reliable, some are biased, and some are just plain wrong. Check out the findingDulcinea Health Web Guide for a section on figuring out whether you can trust a particular site. One tip: government (usually indicated with a “.gov” at the end of the Web address) and nonprofit (“.org”) organizations will usually have credible information.
The Adolescent AIDS Program
lists states around the U.S. with HIV testing and counseling centers that have adolescent-friendly services. Read “The Deal,” a teen lifestyle ’zine about love and HIV/AIDS, or look through the “HIV and U” section to get some advice on questions you might have about sex.
has a lot of information that you can access in multiple ways. To look at a list of topics, just click on the “Health Topics” link at the left of the page. A section on child and teen health
is located under demographic groups. Type “HIV” in the search box and you’ll come to a page with several HIV/AIDS-related topics. The titles of the topics are fairly clear, so you should be able to make a reasonable guess as to whether a specific page of information contains the answers or content you are looking for.
is a fun-looking Web site with the serious information you need to know about your health. In addition to information about HIV/AIDS, the site has sections related to subjects such as learning disorders, cancer, and allergies. The articles also have a “date reviewed” note at the bottom, which will let you know how recent the information is. Simply enter HIV in the search box on the homepage to find a list of relevant articles.
is similar to other “Question and Answer” Web sites out there, but with one particular advantage being the “Crisis Call” option. “Crisis Call” provides you with phone numbers you can call for special needs such as AIDS, abuse, and eating disorders.
discusses the basics of HIV/AIDS, how you can get the disease, and what you should know about protecting yourself. Sections are available on male and female health, and include a variety of topics in addition to HIV/AIDS.
discusses the biological aspects of sexual intercourse and also has information about sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS. If you’ve got a specific question about your body, see if the answer has already been posted in the “Girls’ Health” or “Guys’ Health” sections.
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