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Core List of Sources on AIDS and HIV

from HIV/AIDS Information: Putting the Pieces Together Workshop Manual

December, 1997

Magazines, Newspapers, and Newsletters
Videos | Brochures and Pamphlets

Magazines, Newspapers, and Newsletters

Magazines, newspapers and newsletters provide current, comprehensive information on HIV/AIDS. These titles, plus the publications of your local/regional AIDS organizations can give basic information. Some of these journals have reduced rates or are free for low income HIV-positive people.

AIDS Reference Guide: A sourcebook for planners and decision makers. (Atlantic Information Services, Inc., 1100 17th Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036). This loose-leaf serial covers the range of issues regarding HIV/AIDS including trends, programs, caseloads, legislation and regulations, and background on how policies are decided. Articles included are reprints from important periodicals and organizations or agencies. Also includes a monthly summary bulletin, News Notes.

AIDS Treatment News -- John James. (P.O. Box 411256, San Francisco, CA 94141). The best coverage of HIV/AIDS treatment; includes standard and experimental information.

Being Alive Newsletter. (Being Alive, People With HIV/AIDS Coalition, 3626 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026). Written by and for the diverse populations of people living with HIV, this wide ranging newsletter is written primarily in English but does include, in each issue, a Spanish language section discussing the medical aspects of HIV.

CDC HIV/AIDS Surveillance Reports. (Centers for Disease Control OD/OPS/MASO, 1/B49, Mailstop A-22, Atlanta, GA 30333). This free, semi-annual publication supplies official analysis of U.S. AIDS statistics and HIV statistics from the states that report HIV infection.

Newsline. (People with AIDS Coalition of New York, 50 West 17th St., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10011). Excellent information and representation for all those affected by AIDS including women, people of color and prison populations.

SIDAahora. (Coalicion de Personas con SIDA Nueva York, 50 West 17th St., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10011). A bi-monthly Spanish/English magazine written by and for Latinos/as affected by HIV/AIDS.

Women Alive. (4410 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230) Written by and for women living with HIV, this excellent publication runs the gamut from political and advocacy issues locally, nationally and internationally to the practical day to day issues of living as an HIV-positive woman.

WORLD. (P.O. Box 11535, Oakland, CA 94611) Also written for and by women. Full of stories about how women discovered their status and how they are coping with HIV. It also prints information on pediatric AIDS and the impact a parent's HIV status has on her children.


Videos are a primary source of HIV/AIDS information. They can be used individually or with groups and effectively reflect and represent the diversity of those affected by AIDS. Videos also make it possible for those not print oriented to have access to this essential information. Unfortunately many videos have a high cost.

Selected Recommended Titles

Absolutely positive.1991, 87 minutes, VHS, Select Media, $295. As seen on PBS's 1991 "P.O.V." series, this award winning documentary is one of the best. Eleven people, ages 17 to 55, from diverse backgrounds, tell their stories of fear and hope, anger and love, courage and affirmation. A celebration of the human spirit.

Walk with me, sisters. 1996, 21 minutes, VHS, Shared Visions Productions, $15 for individuals, $60 for organizations. Women in a mutual support group talk about their experiences living with HIV. Each woman is interviewed separately to tell of the impact her HIV-positive diagnosis had on her and her family. Available from the AIDS Information Network

La verdad no duele, (The truth doesn't hurt). 1997, 30 minutes, VHS, Hispanic Health Network. A family get together allows for discussion of myths and facts about HIV. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Come sit by me. 1992, 8 minutes, VHS, AIMS, $150. Based on the book of the same name, this brief video presents the basic facts of HIV/AIDS and promotes understanding and compassion for those living with HIV. It is geared toward day-care-aged children and their families.

The HIV test? An informed decision. 1992, 10 minutes, VHS, Churchill Media, $135. A clear understanding on HIV testing issues including: how the test is performed; where to be tested; should you be tested and what are the legal and social implications of being tested.

Seriously fresh. 199?, 21 minutes, VHS discussion guide, Select Media, $65. Focusing on young African American males, this is one of the best videos for teens; a candid, positive presentation for discussing and practicing safer sex. Models self-empowerment, decision making, negotiating skills and assertiveness.

Time out: the truth about HIV, AIDS and you. 1992, 42 minutes, VHS, Paramount, $8.50. Produced by Arsenio Hall, featuring Magic Johnson and a myriad of other celebrities, this breezy, MTV generation video (directed by Malcolm-Jamal Warner) gives the facts about HIV/AIDS, shows how to use a condom and tells the stories of non-celebrities living with HIV.

Too close for comfort. 1992, 27 minutes, VHS study guide (closed captioned available), ETR Associates, $189. The story of Nick, a young man fired from his job when his boss learns he is HIV-positive, focuses on homophobia and AIDSphobia. Sensitive to gay/lesbian issues, and representing various ethnic and racial communities, this video challenges viewers to explore their attitudes, personal judgements and fears. An exceptional film.

Sources for videos listed above include:

Carle Media, 110 West Main Street, Urbana, IL 61801-2700

Churchill Films, 12210 Nebraska Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025-9816

ETR Associates, P.O. Box 1830 Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1830

Gay Men's Health Crisis, 129 W. 20th Street, New York, NY 10011-0022

Select Media, 74 Varick Street, #305, New York, NY 10013

AIMS Media, 9710 DeSota Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311-4409

AIDS Information Network, 1211 Chestnut Street, 7th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Hispanic Health Network, P.O. Box 6083 Minneapolis, MN 55406

Brochures and Pamphlets

Brochures and pamphlets offer affordable, readable, diverse information on all aspects of HIV/AIDS. Some of the best safer sex information is available in pamphlets. Sources for English or Spanish language materials include:
Impact AIDS
3692 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Gay Men's Health Crisis
129 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011-0022
Channing L. Bete Co. Inc.
200 State Road
South Deerfield, MA 01373
ETR Associates
POB 1830
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1830
Your local Red Cross or:
The American Red Cross
National Headquarters Office of HIV/AIDS Education
43 18th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20006

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This article was provided by Allegheny University of the Health Sciences: Institute for Academic Informatics. It is a part of the publication HIV/AIDS Information: Putting the Pieces Together Workshop Manual.