Epidemics and AIDS Links
There are an unbelievably large number of web pages related to this subject area. This is but a small sampling of some of the larger and more comprehensive pages. Many of them are linked to each other and the level varies from elementary to highly technical. Also, you can go to the AUCT 140 syllabus, wherein there are links to other materials relevant to the course AUCT 140 – Epidemics and AIDS.
hivandhepatitis is one of the more complete sources for news. It is not shy about including technical details.
The Kaiser Family Foundation page devoted to news about HIV disease is worth consulting.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains an extensive listing of related news topics. You may also want to look at the subpages for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Medscape is a medical site with many specialties. From the main page you can link to HIV/AIDS or Infectious Diseases. An extensive collection of AIDS-related links is available. You will need to register (no charge) in order to use the site.
Aidsmap is a comprehensive site with an English accent. It sometimes has items not found elsewhere.
Aegis is another comprehensive site worth consulting.
The University of California at San Francisco sponsors a fairly comprehensive listing at HIVInsite. Included is current news.
If current drug treatment of HIV disease is your interest, you should consult HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service.
Recent treatment news can also be gotten from BETA.
HIV/AIDS cannot be understood without some knowledge of the immune system. The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases has a very good and understandable presentation at this link. You can also look at the unit from AUCT 140 on the immune system.
All the Virology on the Web is available from Tulane University's Garry Labs. You may want to look at the Big Book of Viruses, wherein are pictures of all viruses that have been digitally imaged and are publicly available. Some of the "images" are cartoon drawings for illustrative and educational purposes.
The nationwide AIDS hotline is: 800.342.2437. The state of Connecticut has several local AIDS Projects/support groups.
Danbury: 778.AIDS or write 257 Main Street, second floor, Danbury, CT 06810;
Danielson: 860.450.7128 or write Perception Services Inc., AIDS Services, Arrows Division, P.O. Box 407, Willimantic, CT 06226;
Hartford: 860.225.4833 or write AIDS Project Hartford, 110 Bartholomew Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106;
New Britain: 860.225.6789 or write AIDS Project New Britain, P.O. Box 1214, New Britain, CT 06050;
Manchester: 860.646.6260 or write Manchester Area Network on AIDS, 64 Church Street, Manchester, CT 06040;
Middlesex County: 860.344.3482 or write AIDS Project Middlesex County, P.O. Box 1300, Middletown, CT 06457;
New Haven: 203.624.0947 or write AIDS Project New Haven, 850 Grand Avenue, Suite 206, New Haven, CT 06511;
Northwestern Connecticut: 800.381.AIDS or 860.482.1596 or write Northwestern Connecticut AIDS Project, 100 Midgeon Avenue, Torrington, CT 06790;
Northeastern Connecticut: 860.423.4534 or write Windham AIDS Program, Willimantic, CT 06226;
Southeastern Connecticut: 860.447.0884 or write Southeastern Connecticut AIDS Project, 38 Granite Street, New London, CT 06320.
No list would be complete without an alternative view of HIV disease. There is a group that professes that HIV does not cause AIDS and that HIV is not a sexually transmitted disease. Some of the more extreme members claim that HIV does not even exist. Much of their emphasis is placed on a strict, some would say doctrinaire, interpretation of the original form of Koch's Postulates. As with all nontraditional views, you would do well to read what they have to say, then form your own opinion. The Rethinking AIDS web sites are available at VirusMyth. There are a number of links available from these sites, but you should pay attention to the dates of many of the "scientific" papers, the "journals" in which they appeared, and the sample sizes on which their conclusions are based. Not all journals are created equal. In fact, some specialize in, shall we say, off-beat work.