HIV/AIDS is one of the deadliest diseases in the world today. There is no cure, so it’s important to fully understand how the disease works so you don’t become infected and how to deal with it if you do contract it.
Epidemiology of HIV
Other than researching and trying to find ways to cure HIV/AIDS, it’s also important to keep track of where it’s flourishing and spreading. Agencies study how HIV/AIDS affects and spreads to communities in an attempt to stop it.
HIV In Site: Hosted by the University of California, it tracks the growth of HIV and documents its impact on the United States.
CDC: The Center for Disease Control has all of its reports on the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS up through 2006.
San Francisco Department of Health: Tracks the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in San Francisco.
Arizona’s Division of Public Health: Releases an annual report every year.
World Health Organization: The WHO vehicle keeping track of the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS all over the world.
Natural Science of HIV
In addition to the research being done on drugs, scientists are also searching for natural ways to treat and cure HIV/AIDS. They are also studying how HIV/AIDS behaves naturally.
Natural Science of HIV/ AIDS: Comprehensive reports on HIV/AIDS from various doctors.
HHMI: The Howard Hughes Medical Center has a report detailing how a “natural” strategy improves HIV/AIDS vaccines.
Population Reference Bureau: An article about how the relationship between HIV/AIDS and the natural environment works.
Kaiser Network: Contains a report detailing how a naturally-occurring compound in monkeys may be the key in helping humans with the disease.
The Rise of HIV/ AIDS: A detailed history of where HIV/AIDS is believed to have developed in the natural world.
Diagnosis & Clinical Management of HIV
Getting diagnosed with HIV/AIDS can be a long, nerve-wracking process, and managing the disease can be quite a challenge too.
Mayo Clinic: The Mayo Clinic’s website explains how HIV/AIDS tests work.
National Library of Medicine: Contains very good links about testing information.
Clinical Options: An extensive list of options for clinical management of HIV/AIDS.
Management of Newly Diagnosed HIV: The New England Journal of Medicine provides a detailed account of how to manage HIV/AIDS.
AIDS Info: Presents clinical management guidelines that are categorized according to the patient’s age.
Clinical Manifestations of HIV
There are many different early manifestations of HIV/AIDS, and one of the most common manifestations is a wart of some sort that requires wart removal!
Cutaneous Manifestations of HIV Disease: An extensive article about the cutaneous manifestations of HIV/AIDS, like vaginal warts and plantar warts (also called planter warts).
Disease-Specific Treatment: Lists specific treatments for lots of things but most specifically many types of warts like genital warts or even a plantar wart.
Oral Manifestations of HIV Disease: Lists the many oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS – including types of warts.
Neurotologic Manifestations of HIV: A good resource for neurotologic manifestations of HIV/AIDS.
Cardiac Manifestations of HIV: Johns Hopkins lists the cardiac manifestations of HIV/AIDS.
Infections Associated with HIV
HIV/AIDS severely weakens a person’s immune system, which gives infections a greater chance of making someone sick. These infections sometimes don’t show any outward signs, unlike warts.
Opportunistic Infections Associated with HIV: Lists the many infections and cancers associated with HIV/AIDS.
Infections Associated With HIV: Provides information on the many infections associated with the disease.
Parasitic Infections: Lists the parasitic infections associated with HIV/AIDS as well as the mycobacterial ones.
UPHS List: The University of Pennsylvania has a list as well; they also point out if the infection is chronic or not.
Malignancies Associated with HIV
As with bacteria, there are types of malignancies common to people who suffer from HIV/AIDS.
HIV-Associated Malignancies: Focuses on a few types of malignancies. Requires sign-up.
BHIVA: The British HIV Association has a list of HIV-associated malignancies put together by an extensive team of doctors.
Medical Library: Provides a very long list of malignancies that are common as well.
The Oncologist: Not just a list of malignancies but also pictures of the malignancies.
National Cancer Institute: The NCI has a list of HIV-associated malignancies in women.
Transmission and Prevention of HIV
Since there is no cure for HIV/AIDS yet, it’s important to know how the disease is transferred from one person to another and how to prevent it.
AVERT: Learn about the ways you can and can’t be infected with HIV.
MNAidsProject: The Minnesota AIDS Project has a few general guidelines on how HIV can be contracted.
EMedicine: Details what happens in the very early stages after someone gets infected and explains what exactly the virus is doing in those early days.
Aegis: Provides detailed information on preventing the spread of HIV.
Global Strategies: An organization that is doing its best to prevent HIV all over the world, especially in Africa.
Around the world, policy regarding HIV/AIDS can be quite different. Countries and agencies handle the disease in many different ways.
UNAIDS: Details the United Nation’s policy on HIV/AIDS prevention.
Kaiser Family Foundation: The KFF website provides the latest information on major HIV/AIDS policy issues around the world.
HHS: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists its policy on HIV/AIDS treatment.
Center for HIV Law And Policy: A great resource that lists the policies on things like donating body fluids if you have HIV, employment laws, confidentiality, and other legal problems that can arise for those with HIV.
The Office of National AIDS Policy: Details the White House’s HIV/AIDS policy.