NHM Health Focus:
World AIDS Day
December 1 is World AIDS Day.
by the World Health Organization in 1988, World AIDS Day serves
to focus global attention on the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS
epidemic. Observance of this day provides an opportunity for governments,
national AIDS programs, churches, community organizations and individuals
to demonstrate the importance of the fight against HIV/AIDS."
In Their Own
Words: NIH Workers Recall the Early Years of AIDS provides an
historical perspective as National Institutes of Health team members
tell how they first encountered, identified, and mobilized efforts to
prevent HIV infection and AIDS. The timeline
begins in 1981.
For an introduction to the science of HIV and AIDS, check out HIV
Infection and AIDS: An Overview from (NIAID)
or the Basic Information about HIV and AIDS from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC). For a more technical
resource, see the Natural
Science of AIDS, posted by the University of California, San Francisco
(UCSF). This posting includes articles
about the biology of HIV infection and treatment, and articles describing
clinical laboratory methods.
HIV and AIDS in the classroom
Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has
these resources related to HIV, AIDS, and immunity.