AIDSinfo has released new, redesigned fact sheets on a variety of HIV/AIDS topics. Our fact sheets are written in easy-to-read language and are meant to complement the federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines. They are an excellent patient education resource for people with HIV, their family and friends, and anyone who wants to learn more about HIV/AIDS. The fact sheets provide an overview of HIV, including information on treatment, prevention, side effects, and issues specific to women.
Each fact sheet is based on information from the HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines and U.S. federal government sources.
The fact sheets are organized into five topical categories. Each category has fact sheets relating to that topic listed under the category.
The fact sheet categories include the following:
- HIV Overview: includes fact sheets on the basics of HIV/AIDS, the stages of HIV infection, the HIV life cycle, FDA-approved HIV medications, and HIV testing.
- HIV Prevention: includes fact sheets on the basics of HIV prevention, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and HIV/AIDS clinical trials.
- HIV Treatment: includes fact sheets on steps to take after a recent HIV diagnosis, when to start antiretroviral therapy, selecting an HIV medication regimen, FDA-approved HIV medications, drug resistance, medication adherence, and immunizations.
- Side Effects of HIV Medicines: includes fact sheets on common side effects people with HIV may experience, including diabetes, hepatotoxicity, hyperlipidemia, lactic acidosis, lipodystrophy, osteoporosis, and rash.
- HIV and Women: includes fact sheets on issues specific to women infected with HIV, the use of HIV medicines during pregnancy, and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV during childbirth and after childbirth.
Using the Print function at the top of each fact sheet, you can either print out a single fact sheet or print all of the fact sheets in the category. Our fact sheets are a great resource for doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals; fact sheets that may be of interest to their patients can be printed out and provided to patients during medical visits. The information contained in the fact sheets may assist patients in understanding more about HIV infection and may help answer any HIV treatment-related questions they might have.
In the future, the fact sheets will be available in Spanish on infoSIDA, our Spanish-language companion website. We will also be adding new fact sheets in the future, so please check back frequently.