Learn More: HIV/AIDS Resources
Getting an HIV Test
An estimated one in five Americans living with HIV doesn’t know their status. While the CDC recommends that health care providers test everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 as part of routine physical exams, not all physicians offer it.
On its website, Greater Than AIDS offers Testing 101, including next steps if your test comes back positive or negative. The page also includes a map with testing locations nationwide; the Centers for Disease Control is another place you can find locations offering free HIV tests.
Resources for African Americans
The Black AIDS Institute
Led by President and CEO Phill Wilson, the institute is the only U.S. think tank focused exclusively on the issue of HIV and AIDS among African Americans.
Magic Johnson Foundation
Founded by Earvin “Magic” Johnson in 1991, the foundation works to support community-based efforts to address health in ethnically diverse, urban communities, including raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, treatment options and prevention.
The Balm in Gilead
Founded by activist Pernessa Seele, the Balm in Gilead is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that assists faith-based institutions in promoting good health and preventing disease throughout the black community.
This Atlanta-based nonprofit concentrates its work on AIDS prevention, safe-sex education, and self-help, with a focus on women of color.
Resources for HIV/AIDS patients
A range of resources are available, including a health tracker to help patients organize their HIV treatment, a guide to FDA-approved medications, a network of blogs focusing on living with the virus, and a sister website for HIV health professionals.
Minority AIDS Project
Founded in 1985, the Minority AIDS Project was the first community-based HIV/AIDS group managed by people of color. The Los Angeles-based group provides housing and transportation assistance, case management, and mental health services.
POZ is a national magazine for people living with HIV/AIDS; its website includes information specifically for people who are newly diagnosed, the latest treatment news, and where to turn if you need help paying for medicines.
Learn More About HIV/AIDS
The Age of AIDS
In 2006, FRONTLINE examined why humanity has failed to stop the spread of HIV in The Age of AIDS. You can watch the full film, learn more about the virus and its origins, explore how countries around the world have responded to the crisis, and explore a timeline of 25 years of worldwide activism, political denial, policy battles, and scientific breakthroughs and failures.
Data and statistics
National Institutes of Health
The NIH offers a search tool to find more information about HIV/AIDS-related clinical trials, a database of drug treatment, including side effects, and daily one-on-one online chats with health information specialists about the disease.
This resource from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation offers state-by-state data, including figures for the number of people living with HIV/AIDS, how many people have been tested, and how much federal grant funding each state receives.