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

HIV Treatment – General Information

Please note:  This web page focuses on general HIV treatment information.  For more detailed information about particular aspects of HIV treatment, see: Benefits of HIV Treatment and Risks of Nontreatment;…

HIV Viral Load and Viral Suppression

See also: Viral Resistance General Information General Fact Sheets: Viral load tests (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish and Russian version Viral load (AIDSmap) Other Fact Sheets from AIDSmap: Why monitor CD4…

HIV Viral Resistance

See also: HIV Viral Load and Viral Suppression General Information Understanding drug resistance (Poz) HIV resistance testing (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish and Russian versions Resistance (The Well Project) What Is…

Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome (IRIS)

See also: Inflammation and HIV Basic Information IRIS: Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome (Project Inform) Immune restoration syndrome (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Guidelines Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of…

Immune-Based Therapies

See also: HIV and the Immune System; Cell Therapy and HIV; Gene Therapy and HIV; Interleukin-2; and Vaccines to Prevent or Treat HIV Infection General Information Immune Restoration (AIDS InfoNet)…

Innovative Approaches to HIV Treatment

See also: U.S. Guidelines for HIV Testing, Prevention, and Treatment; Starting HIV Treatment; Changing HIV Treatment Regimens; Salvage Treatment for HIV; and Comparing HIV Drug Regimens Selected Recent Articles ViiV…

Integrase 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 approved by FDA.  For…

Interrupting HIV treatment

See also: Basic Information About HIV and Treatment and Starting HIV Treatment General Information Treatment interruptions (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish and Russian versions Treatment breaks (AIDSmap) Discontinuation or Interruption of…

Late HIV Diagnosis and Treatment

See also: Benefits of HIV Treatment and Risks of Nontreatment and HIV Testing Selected Recent Articles Study shows how time runs out on teenagers with HIV after a decade or…

Long-Acting and Slow-Release HIV Medications (Treatment and Prevention)

Selected Recent Articles Monthly Dosing Drug Raises Hopes and Concerns.  (July 2016, MedPage Today) Long-acting injectable drugs work well for HIV maintenance therapy.  (July 2016, AIDSmap) What we’re learning about…

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

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…

Health Conditions Seen with HIV

Skin Problems and HIV

See Also: Kaposi’s Sarcoma (KS); Staph Infections, Including MRSA; and Thrush General Information Skin Conditions Related to HIV/AIDS (WebMD) HIV and Your Skin (Poz) Skin Problems (AIDSmap) HIV and Rash…

Staph Infections, Including MRSA

General Information Staphylococcus infections (MedlinePlus) MRSA [Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus] (MedlinePlus) Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Infections (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Selected Recent Articles In HIV patients, specific behaviors linked…

Thrush

General Information Candida (thrush) (AIDSmap) Candidiasis (thrush, yeast infection) (Poz) Candidiasis (thrush) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Thrush – Children and Adults (MedlinePlus) Fungal Infections (The Well Project) AIDS-related skin…

Toxoplasmosis

General Information Toxoplasmosis (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Toxoplasmosis (Poz) Guidelines Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents (CDC, National Institutes of Health,…

Treatment for Opportunistic Illnesses

See also: Opportunistic Illnesses and Related Conditions (General Information) and pages for particular opportunistic illnesses Guidelines and General Information Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected…

Tuberculosis (General Information)

See also: Tuberculosis and HIV for information about the TB and HIV together Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention For the General Public and Employers: Tuberculosis –…

Tuberculosis and HIV

See also: Tuberculosis (General Information) for information about TB only (not with HIV infection) General Information Tuberculosis (TB) (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Tuberculosis and HIV disease (Project Inform) Tuberculosis…

Wasting Syndrome (Unintentional Weight Loss) and Frailty

See also: Facial Wasting, Fat Loss, and HIV; Nausea and HIV; Nutrition and HIV General Information Wasting Syndrome (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Changes to Your Face and Body (Lipodystrophy…

HIV Prevention, Transmission, and Testing

PrEP – Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (Prevention)

General Information Materials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Basic Information on PrEP Take Charge:  Talk to Your Doctor About PrEP Preexposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV…

U.S. Guidelines for HIV Testing, Prevention, and Treatment

Guidelines for HIV Testing Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement: Screening for HIV Laboratory Testing…

Vaccines to Prevent and Treat HIV Infection

See also: HIV and the Immune System; Immune-Based Therapies; and Immunizations and HIV General Information Preventive HIV Vaccines (AIDSinfo) – Fact sheet with information for potential clinical trial participants on…

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

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…

Basic Information about HIV, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections

HIV Types, Subtypes, and Strains

General Information Subtype (AIDSInfo HIV/AIDS Glossary) HIV Strains: Types, Groups, and Subtypes (Avert) HIV-1 Subtypes (AIDSmap) HIV-2 (AIDSmap) Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 2 (WebMD) HIV-1 global distribution – map on…

HIV Viral Load and Viral Suppression

See also: Viral Resistance General Information General Fact Sheets: Viral load tests (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish and Russian version Viral load (AIDSmap) Other Fact Sheets from AIDSmap: Why monitor CD4…

HIV/AIDS Glossaries

Glossaries from Various Sources AIDSInfo Glossary (AIDSInfo) – a very comprehensive, searchable glossary of HIV/AIDS terms; also available as a downloadable PDF file. Glosario del VIH/SIDA (AIDSInfo) Spanish version of…

T-Cell (CD4) Tests and T-Cell Counts

General Information Fact Sheets: CD4 Cell Tests (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish and Russian versions CD4 Cell Counts (AIDSmap) CD4 Count (labtestsonline) Other Fact Sheets from AIDSmap: Why Monitor CD4 and Viral Load? CD4 Cell Counts Looking…

HIV Myths and Misunderstandings

See also: AIDS Denialism General Information Myths about HIV/AIDS (TheBody) AIDS Myths and Misunderstandings (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish and Russian versions How to Identify AIDS Fraud (Project Inform) How Is…

HIV Drugs – Basic Information

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 approved by FDA.  For…

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…

Blood Tests and Other Lab Tests (in Persons Living with HIV)

See also:  HIV Testing; T-Cell Tests; HIV Viral Load and Viral Suppression; HIV Viral Resistance General Information Testing for HIV.  Fact sheet from AIDSInfo for HIV-infected individuals explaining HIV testing….

HIV and the Immune System

See also: Primary (Early) HIV Infection; Immune-Based Therapies; Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome (IRIS); Long-Term Nonprogressors and ‘Elite Controllers’; and Vaccines to Prevent and Treat HIV Infection Background Information Immune System…

AIDS Denialism

See also: HIV Myths and Misunderstandings Background Information AIDS Treatment News Denialist Series (TheBody) – This series of articles, though written in 2000 and 2001, is still an excellent review…