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

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…

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)…

Disclosure (Telling Others You Are HIV-Positive)

See Also: HIV Stigma, Discrimination, and Criminalization General Information Telling Others You Are HIV-Positive (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Telling Others About Your HIV (Project Inform) and Spanish version Disclosure…

Exercise and HIV

General Information Fact Sheets: Exercise and HIV (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version Nutrition and Exercise When You Have HIV (Family Doctor) Exercise (AIDSmap) Other Exercise Fact Sheets from AIDSmap: Planning…

Food Safety and HIV

General Information Food Safety for People with HIV/AIDS (U.S. Department of Agriculture – USDA) Food and Water Safety (Tufts University Nutrition Infection Unit) Food Safety for People with HIV/AIDS (U.S….

HIV Disease Progression and Prognosis

Background Information HIV Life Cycle (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version The HIV Life Cycle (AIDSInfo) How HIV Causes AIDS (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – NIAID) More on…

Immunizations and HIV

See also: Influenza (Flu) and HIV and Vaccines to Prevent and Treat HIV Infection General Information Vaccinations and HIV (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version HIV and Immunizations (AIDSInfo) and Spanish…

Mental Health and HIV

See also: Brain, Nervous System Problems, and HIV; People Who Inject Drugs (PWID), HIV, and Hepatitis C; Recreational Drugs, Addiction, and HIV; HIV and Hepatitis Stigma, Discrimination, and Criminalization; and…

Nutrition and HIV

See also: Diabetes and HIV; Exercise and HIV; Heart and Blood Vessel Disease and HIV; and Vitamins, Other Supplements, HIV, and Hepatitis C Basic Information Materials from Various Sites: Nutrition…

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…

HIV Treatment and Cure Research

Salvage Treatment for HIV

See also: New and Experimental HIV Drugs and Treatments Note: Salvage treatment is sometimes also called “Rescue Therapy” or “Third-Line Therapy.” General Information Salvage Therapy (AIDS InfoNet) and Spanish version…

Side Effects of HIV Treatment (General Information)

Please see our Side Effects of HIV Treatment (Recent Articles) page for news about side effects. Please also see our other web pages for more detailed information on particular side…

Side Effects of HIV Treatment (Recent Articles)

Please see our Side Effects of HIV Treatment (General Information) page for fact sheets and other background information on side effects. Please also see our other web pages for more…

Starting HIV Treatment

See Also: Benefits of HIV Treatment and Risks of Nontreatment General Information About HIV Treatment HIV Treatment Fact Sheets from AIDSInfo: HIV Treatment: The Basics When to Start Antiretroviral Therapy…

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…

Zinc Finger Gene Therapy

Selected Recent Articles Gene Therapy Controls HIV Longer Than Four Months in Study. (September 2015, Poz) Protected T-cells persist and proliferate in HIV gene therapy study. (March 2014, AIDSmap) Genetic…

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…