Health Library

Since 1988, AIDS Action’s Health Library has provided reliable and up-to-date information about HIV treatment and wellness.

This library is here to provide information to people with HIV and their partners, families, and friends, as well as healthcare and social-service providers.  We also provide information on related illnesses, such as viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and tuberculosis (TB).

You can access the Health Library’s extensive online resources by using the pull-down menus below.  The menus are arranged by major themes, such as “Learning About HIV” and “HIV Treatment and Cure Research.”  When you click on each pull-down menu, you’ll find a list of Library web pages related to that theme.

Altogether, there are more than 240 topic pages related to HIV, hepatitis C, STIs, and TB.  These pages have links to thousands of recent fact sheets, articles, and reports in English and Spanish.

Explore the links below for detailed information on over 200 topics related to HIV, STDs, viral hepatitis, and related health concerns.

Learning About HIV

Pets and HIV

See also: Cryptosporidiosis and Toxoplasmosis Fact Sheets and Articles Healthy Pets, Healthy People (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC) Diseases That Can Spread from Pets to People (CDC)…

Pregnancy, Family Planning, and Mother-to-Child Transmission

General Information HIV and Pregnancy (AIDSInfo) Pregnancy and HIV (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version HIV and Family Planning (Poz) Having a Baby (AIDSmap) Pregnancy & HIV/AIDS (TheBody) – web page…

Provider-Patient Relationship and Working with Your Doctor

General Information Choosing an HIV Care Provider (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Building a Patient/Doctor Relationship (Project Inform) and Spanish version Medical Appointments (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Questions to…

Public and Private Drug Assistance Programs for HIV and Hepatitis C Medications

AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (Government-Funded) 2015 National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors) Funding HIV Treatment: The Future of the Ryan White Program…

Recreational Drugs, Addiction, and HIV

See also: Persons Who Inject Drugs (PWID), HIV, and Hepatitis C Background Information Fact Sheets and Overview Materials: Drug Use and HIV (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Harm Reduction and…

Sexual Health and HIV

See also: HIV Transmission; Sexually Transmitted Infections; Chlamydia Basics; Gonorrhea Basics; Herpes and HIV; Herpes Basics; Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and HIV; Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Basics; Syphilis and HIV; and Syphilis…

Smoking and HIV

General Information Smoking (AIDSmap) Smoking and HIV (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Cigarette Smoking & HIV/AIDS (TheBody) – web page with links to fact sheets and articles about smoking Selected…

Spirituality and HIV

Selected Recent Articles Faith in Healing.  (September 2016, Poz) HRC Foundation’s New HIV/AIDS Project Fellow Discusses Faith Communities, Coalition Building and Gay Men of Color (February 2015, TheBody) Nurturing Your…

Stress and HIV

See also Fatigue, Sleep Problems, and HIV and Mental Health and HIV General Information Coping with Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and HIV (TheBody) – web site with links to many articles…

Travel and HIV

See also: Food Safety and HIV and Immigrants, Immigration, and HIV Travel Information for People Living with HIV/AIDS Immunocompromised Travelers (Center for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC) Traveling to…

HIV Treatment and Cure Research

Access to HIV Care and Treatment

See also: HIV Continuum of Care and Getting to Zero – Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Selected Recent Articles Multiple HIV care models effective for disease management.  (December 2016, Hepmag) PrEP…

Adherence (Sticking to Your Regimen)

Background Information Adherence (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Keeping up with your meds: Adherence (Project Inform) and Spanish version Taking your treatment – adherence (AIDSmap) Selected Recent Articles The Undetectable…

Basic Information about HIV and Treatment

See also: HIV Drugs – Basic Information, HIV Prevention – General Information, Opportunistic Illnesses and Related Conditions – General Information General Information HIV Basics/HIV 101 – Poz fact sheet After…

Benefits of HIV Treatment and Risks of Non-Treatment

See Also: Late HIV Diagnosis and Treatment, Starting HIV Treatment Selected Recent Articles Prompt ART reduces HIV patients’ cancer risk.  (September 2016, Healio) START analysis looks at who benefits most…

CCR5, CXCR4, CD4 Blockers, and Other Attachment Inhibitors

See also: Entry Inhibitors General Information about HIV Medications HIV Drug Chart.  Chart from Positively Aware’s Drug Guide with basic information about each antiretroviral drug and combination pill or tablet…

Cell Therapy and HIV

See also: Gene Therapy and HIV and Zinc Finger Gene Therapy Selected Recent Articles Gene Scissors Thwart HIV in Latent CD4 Cells, But Mutations Make Virus Stronger.  (July 2016, TheBodyPro) Maybe…

Changing HIV Treatment Regimens

See Also: U.S. Guidelines for HIV Testing, Prevention, and Treatment; Starting HIV Treatment; Comparing HIV Drug Regimens; Salvage Treatment for HIV; Innovative Approaches to HIV Treatment Selected Recent Articles Ask…

Comparing HIV Drug Regimens

See Also: U.S. Guidelines for HIV Testing, Prevention, and Treatment; Starting HIV Treatment; Changing Treatment Regimens; Salvage Treatment for HIV; Innovative Approaches to HIV Treatment Selected Recent Articles Integrase inhibitors…

Complementary Therapies and HIV

Fact Sheets Alternative and complementary therapies (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Alternative (Complementary) Therapies for HIV/AIDS (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) Complementary therapies (The Well Project) Chinese acupuncture (AIDS InfoNet)…

Drug Dosing and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

See also: Long-Acting and Slow-Release HIV Medications Fact Sheets and Background Information Drug Level Testing (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish and Russian versions Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) (TheBody) Selected Recent Articles…

Groups Affected by HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Sexually Transmitted Infections

Acute Hepatitis C Virus Infection

General Information The ABCs of Hepatitis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) What Are the Symptoms and Signs of Hepatitis C?  (American Liver Foundation) What Are the Signs and Symptoms…

Drug Interactions (HIV and Hepatitis C)

General Information Drug Interactions (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Drug Interactions (Project Inform) – fact sheet with links to sites that allow you to check medications for possible interactions Database…

Hepatitis A Virus Infection

  General Information Hepatitis A Overview Materials: Hepatitis A (MedlinePlus) The ABCs of Hepatitis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC) What I need to know about hepatitis A…

Hepatitis B Virus Infection

  General Information Basic Resources from Various Sites: Hepatitis B (MedlinePlus) What I need to know about hepatitis B (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) and Spanish…

Hepatitis C Basics

General Information Overview Materials: Hepatitis C (MedlinePlus) The ABCs of Hepatitis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC) What I need to know about hepatitis C (National Institute of…

Hepatitis C Genotypes

General Information Hepatitis C Genotypes (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Hepatitis C Genotypes and Quasispecies (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) HCV Genotype and Quasispecies (Hepatitis C Support Project) Are There…

Hepatitis C Outbreaks and Case Clusters

See also: Hepatitis C: Epidemiology and Affected Population Groups Selected Recent Articles “Overdose Outbreak” Hits West Virginia in the Midst of Opioid Crisis.  (August 2016, Hepmag) Hepatitis C Epidemic Hits…

Hepatitis C Reinfection

Selected Recent Articles Hepatitis C infection and reinfection among men who have sex with men need higher priority, US and European studies show.  (September 2016, AIDSmap) Risk of reinfection is…

Hepatitis C Screening/Testing

General Information Testing Recommendations for Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC) Final Recommendation Statement: Hepatitis C Screening (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force) Testing…

Hepatitis C Vaccine Research

Selected Recent Articles Hepatitis C vaccine development shows progress but scientific barriers remain.  (September 2016, AIDSmap) Separate, coadministration of investigational HIV, HCV vaccines induce similar responses.  (April 2016, Healio); related…

Health Conditions Seen with HIV

Neuropathy (Nerve Damage) and HIV

See also: Pain Management, HIV, and Viral Hepatitis General Information Peripheral Neuropathy (Poz) Peripheral Neuropathy (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV (Project Inform) Neuropathy – Nerve Pain…

Opportunistic Illnesses and Related Conditions (General Information)

See also: Treatment for Opportunistic Illnesses and pages for particular opportunistic illnesses Please Note: Most of the resources on this page focus on opportunistic illnesses and their treatment.  However, we…

Oral (Mouth) Health and HIV

General Information HIV and the Mouth (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version HIV and Your Mouth (The Well Project) Mouth Problems and HIV (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research) and…

Organ Transplantation, HIV, and Hepatitis C

General Information Organ Transplants & HIV/AIDS (Thebody) – web site with links to fact sheets and articles about organ transplantation Blood Transfusions & Organ/Tissue Transplants (AIDS.gov) Selected Recent Articles HCV/HIV…

Pages for Particular HIV Drugs

Nucleoside or Nucleotide Analogue Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (“Nukes” or NRTIs) Abacavir (Ziagen) Didanosine (ddI, Videx) Emtricitabine (FTC, Emtriva) Lamivudine (3TC, Epivir) Stavudine (d4T, Zerit) Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate (Viread) Zalcitabine (ddC,…

Parasitic Infections and HIV

See also: Cryptosporidiosis; Food Safety and HIV; PCP – Pneumocystis Pneumonia; Opportunistic Illnesses and Related Conditions (General Information); Toxoplasmosis; and Treatment for Opportunistic Illnesses Fact Sheets About Particular Parasitic Infections…

PCP – Pneumocystis Pneumonia

General Information Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version PCP (AIDSmap) Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) (Poz) Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole, Cotrimoxazole (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Dapsone (Avlosulfon) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version…

PML – Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy

General Information Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) (Poz) Guidelines Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and…

Shingles and HIV

General Information Herpes Zoster (Shingles) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Herpes Zoster Virus (Shingles) (Poz) Shingles and Chicken Pox (TheBody) Shingles (MedlinePlus) Acyclovir (AIDSInfo) and Spanish version Valacyclovir (AIDSInfo) and…

Sinusitis

Fact Sheets and Articles Sinusitis (Sinus Infection) (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Sinusitis (MedlinePlus) – this web page provides basic background information with links to many other resources…

HIV Prevention, Transmission, and Testing

Circumcision and HIV

Fact Sheets Male Circumcision (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) for HIV Prevention (Avert) Selected Recent Articles Circumcision, ART reduce new HIV infections in rural…

Condoms and Condom Use

See also: HIV Prevention – General Information and HIV Treatment as Prevention General Information Condoms (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Condom Fact Sheet in Brief  (Centers for Disease Control and…

HIV Prevention – General Information

Please note:  This page focuses on general information about HIV prevention.  For more detailed information and news about particular HIV prevention techniques and strategies, see the following Health Library web…

HIV Reinfection

General Information HIV Superinfection (Reinfection) (TheBody) What do we know about HIV superinfection? (Center for AIDS Prevention Studies) and Spanish version HIV superinfection vs. dual initial infection: What clinicians and…

HIV Testing

See also: Blood Tests and Other Lab Tests; Late HIV Diagnosis and Treatment; T-Cell (CD4) Tests and T-Cell Counts; HIV Viral Load and Viral Suppression; and HIV Viral Resistance General…

HIV Transmission

See also: Circumcision and HIV; HIV Prevention – General Information; Microbicides and HIV; PrEP – Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis; Pregnancy, Family Planning, and Mother-to-Child Transmission; PEP – Post-Exposure Prophylaxis; Sexual Health and…

HIV Treatment as Prevention

See also: HIV Transmission; PEP – Post-Exposure Prophylaxis; PrEP – Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis; Pregnancy, Family Planning, and Mother-to-Child Transmission; Sexual Health and HIV General Information Prevention Benefits of HIV Treatment (Centers for Disease…

Microbicides and HIV

General Information Global Campaign for Microbicides – Resources download page (Global Campaign) – This page has many fact sheets, as well as links to many other in-depth resources on HIV…

PEP – Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (Prevention)

General Information Treatment after exposure to HIV (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Occupational HIV Transmission and Prevention among Health Care Workers (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) PEP and PrEP…

Pregnancy, Family Planning, and Mother-to-Child Transmission

General Information HIV and Pregnancy (AIDSInfo) Pregnancy and HIV (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version HIV and Family Planning (Poz) Having a Baby (AIDSmap) Pregnancy & HIV/AIDS (TheBody) – web page…

Pages for Particular HIV Drugs

Rilpivirine (Edurant)

Fact Sheets About Rilpivirine Rilpivirine (AIDSInfo) and Spanish Rilpivirine (Edurant) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish Edurant (rilpivirine, RPV, TMC-278) (Poz) Edurant: Rilpivirine hydrochloride (rilpivirine) or RPV (Positively Aware) Combination Pills Containing…

Ritonavir (Norvir)

Fact Sheets About Ritonavir Ritonavir (Norvir) (AIDSInfo) and Spanish version Ritonavir (Norvir) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Norvir (ritonavir) (Poz) Norvir: Ritonavir or RTV (Positively Aware) Combination Treatments That Include…

Saquinavir (Invirase)

Fact Sheets About Saquinavir Saquinavir (Invirase) (AIDSInfo) and Spanish version Saquinavir (Invirase) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Invirase (Poz) Invirase: Saquinavir or SQV (Positively Aware) For More Information For news…

Stavudine (d4T, Zerit)

Fact Sheets About Stavudine Stavudine (Zerit) (AIDSInfo) and Spanish version Stavudine (Zerit, d4T) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Zerit (stavudine, d4T) (Poz) Zerit: Stavudine or d4T (Positively Aware) For More…

Stribild (Elvitegravir + Cobicistat + Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate + Emtricitabine)

Fact Sheets About Stribild Elvitegravir/Cobicistat/Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate (Stribild) (AIDSInfo) and Spanish version Stribild (elvitegravir + cobicistat + emtricitabine + tenofovir) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Stribild (Poz) Stribild: elvitegravir/cobicistat/emtricitabine/tenofovir or…

Tipranavir (Aptivus)

Fact Sheets About Tipranavir Tipranavir (Aptivus) (AIDSInfo) and Spanish version Tipranavir (Aptivus) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Aptivus (Poz) Aptivus (Tipranavir or TPV) (Positively Aware) For More Information For news…

Triumeq (Dolutegravir + Abacavir + Lamivudine)

Fact Sheets About Triumeq Abacavir/Dolutegravir/Lamivudine (Triumeq) (AIDSInfo) and Spanish version Triumeq (dolutegravir + abacavir + lamivudine) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Triumeq (Poz) Triumeq: dolutegravir/abacavir/lamivudine or DTG/ABC/3TC (Positively Aware) Medications…

Trizivir (Abacavir + Lamivudine + Zidovudine)

Fact Sheets About Trizivir Abacavir/Lamivudine/Zidovudine (Trizivir) (AIDSInfo) and Spanish version Trizivir (zidovudine + lamivudine + abacavir) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Trizivir (Poz) Trizivir: abacavir/lamivudine/zidovudine or ABC/3TC/AZT (Positively Aware) Medications…

Zalcitabine (ddC, Hivid)

Note: The drug zalcitabine has been discontinued. Fact Sheet About Zalcitabine Zalcitabine (Hivid, ddC) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version For More Information For information about zalcitabine, you can go to…

Zidovudine (AZT, Retrovir)

Fact Sheets About Zidovudine Zidovudine (Retrovir) (AIDSInfo) and Spanish version Zidovudine (Retrovir, AZT) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Retrovir (zidovudine, AZT) (Poz) Retrovir: Zidovudine, ZDV, or AZT (Positively Aware) Combination…

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Chlamydia Basics

See also: Sexually Transmitted Infections Fact Sheets About Chlamydia Chlamydia (American Sexual Health Association) Chlamydia. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC) and Spanish version Incidence, Prevalence, and Costs…

Gonorrhea Basics

See also: Sexually Transmitted Infections Fact Sheets About Gonorrhea Gonorrhea (American Sexual Health Association) Gonorrhea (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC) and Spanish version Incidence, Prevalence, and Costs…

Herpes and HIV

See also: Herpes Basics, Shingles and HIV Background Information Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Herpes Zoster (Shingles) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Herpes…

Herpes Basics

See also: Sexually Transmitted Infections and Herpes and HIV Fact Sheets About Herpes Herpes (American Sexual Health Association) Genital Herpes (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC) and Spanish…

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and HIV

See also: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Basics; Anal and Cervical Cancers and HIV; Cancer, HIV, and Viral Hepatitis; and Sexually Transmitted Infections General Information Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish…

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Basics

See also: Sexually Transmitted Infections and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and HIV Fact Sheets About Human Papillomavirus (HPV) HPV (American Sexual Health Association) Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (Centers for Disease Control and…

Sexually Transmitted Infections

See also: Syphilis and HIV; Syphilis Basics; Chlamydia Basics; Gonorrhea Basics; Herpes and HIV; Herpes Basics; Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and HIV; Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Basics; and Sexual Health Please Note:…

Syphilis and HIV

See also Sexually Transmitted Infections and Syphilis Basics General Information Syphilis (Poz) Syphilis (AIDSmap) Syphilis (American Sexual Health Association) Syphilis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC) and Spanish…

Syphilis Basics

See also: Sexually Transmitted Infections and Syphilis and HIV Fact Sheets Syphilis (American Sexual Health Association) Syphilis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC) and Spanish version Syphilis and…

Viral Hepatitis

Organ Transplantation, HIV, and Hepatitis C

General Information Organ Transplants & HIV/AIDS (Thebody) – web site with links to fact sheets and articles about organ transplantation Blood Transfusions & Organ/Tissue Transplants (AIDS.gov) Selected Recent Articles HCV/HIV…

Pages for Particular Hepatitis C Drugs

Single-Drug Pills and Injections Boceprevir (Victrelis) Daclatasvir (Daklinza) Interferon (Pegasys, PEG-interferon alfa, PegIntron, pegIFN alfa) Ribavirin (Copegus, RBV, Rebetol, Ribasphere) Simeprevir (Olysio) Sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) Telaprevir (Incivek, Incivo) Combination Pills Containing…

Pain Management, HIV, and Viral Hepatitis

See also: Arthritis and HIV and Neuropathy (Nerve Damage) and HIV General Information Pain (AIDSmap) Pain Syndrome and Peripheral Neuropathy (AIDS Education Training Center National Resource Center) – section from…

Vitamins, Other Supplements, HIV, and Hepatitis C

See also: Nutrition and HIV General Information Vitamins and Minerals (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements (CATIE) – section from “A Practical Guide to Nutrition for People…

Wellness, HIV, and Hepatitis C

Note: This web page provides links to basic information about living a healthy life with HIV, hepatitis C, or both. It also provides links to other Health Library pages with…

Basic Information about HIV, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections

Wellness, HIV, and Hepatitis C

Note: This web page provides links to basic information about living a healthy life with HIV, hepatitis C, or both. It also provides links to other Health Library pages with…