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HIV / AIDS Theme Page


Below are a number of links to Internet sites which contain information and/or other links related to the specific theme of HIV / AIDS. Please note that these sites have information of a a sexual nature. Moreover, they may link to other sites on the web which deal with these topics in a frank and graphic detail. Teachers should view the content before providing these resources to students. Please note that the presence of a link to an on-line resource does not represent an endorsement of that site by the Open Learning Agency. We provide B.C. teachers, students and parents with these links simply as a starting point for them to explore the vast resources of the Internet. The sites that CLN links to are individually responsible for the content and accuracy of the information found in their sites.

The goal of this site is to disseminate information widely about AIDS/HIV in order for it to become knowledge. The content covers a comprehensive range of topics, including: an up-to-date list of recent news stories, basic definitions, treatments, prevention, publications, US Government updates, an archive of articles, and much more. The following pages are linked separately because of their educational value for school students.
  • [The] Basics (An introduction to "What is HIV and AIDS?" and, "What you have to do if you have just discovered that you are HIV positive.")
  • Exposure (What to do if you think you have been exposed to the virus.)
  • Living With HIV (Numerous articles about how to live in society while being infected with HIV/AIDS.)
  • Prevention (All about sex, needles and condoms. Pages have explicit information.)
  • Treatment (Information about what to do and when to do it if you are HIV positive.)

This two week interdisciplinary teaching unit for Grade 9 students contains language arts, math and science lesson plans intended to inform students about the social and scientific aspects of HIV and AIDS.

This web page, a support document for an episode of Newton's Apple, contains instructional ideas and activities that Health teachers can use independently of the video to help students learn how HIV is transmitted, and perhaps more importantly, how it is not transmitted.

AIDS: Education and Prevention From the Growing Epidemic
Designed by two high school students, this site is targeted at teens who are wanting information about AIDS. The authors provide clear descriptions of AIDS, HIV, virus, and bacteria. The site has a "Questions and Answers" section, a collection of articles called "Viewpoints from Teens", a forum for you to "Voice Your Thoughts", and additional information and links to help you further your understanding of HIV/AIDS.

[The] AIDS Handbook
The students of Eastchester Middle School have written the content for the following HIV/AIDS topics: Prevention, Symptoms, Treatment, How the Immune System Fights Disease, and they have provided a number of AIDS related links.

AIDS Lifecycle: Stage 1
With the use of multimedia, the site illustrates the AIDS virus lifecycle, how it is spread, and how it destroys the immune system.

AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
A meta-list of HIV/AIDS resources from University of Minnesota's Epidemiology Division.

Ask an Expert: AIDS
CLN's "Ask an Expert" page has about 100 links to specialists in the field who can serve as a valuable source of curricular expertise for both students and teachers. Questions/answers on AIDS may be found in our "All Subjects" section at the top of the page, the "Health/Nutrition/Medicine" section, as well as the general "Reference" section.

[The] Body: An AIDS and HIV Information Resource
This site has quite a collection of HIV and AIDS information for students and teachers. The following pages from this site are identified as educationally informative so we have put them altogether in one place for ease of locating.

Bureau of HIV/AIDS, STD, and TB Update Series
This series of governmental documents contains lots of statistical information about the incidence of AIDS in Canada.

Glossary of HIV/AIDS-Related Terms
Definitions of words that are commonly used to describe HIV, origin and development of the disease, treatments, and the medical management of related conditions.

HIV/AIDS: The Global Epidemic
This fact sheet from the United Nations Organization provides information about the most recent country-specific data on HIV/AIDS and STI prevalence and incidence.

HIV InSite: New and Noteworthy
A comprehensive site with information that includes clinical information on: latest research findings, clinical information, case studies and more. A "Prevention and Education" link provides information on: what works and what doesn't for preventing HIV infection, effective programs for different populations, background on who's at risk for infection and where the epidemic is going. Addition material has data on demographic, lists of resources, prisons, adolescents, religion and more.

Much of the information is written for a person who is HIV positive. The main menu offers a wide range of topics to choose from. Examples of the topics include HIV and: nutrition, treatment, pain, infections, testing, women and children, drug advisories, money and more. The information available is comprehensive, detailed and understandable.

HIV Insite: "Spotlight"
Since AIDS was discovered in 1983, researchers have identified two distinct types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. Although much is known about these two types, researchers have yet to find a definite source for the HIV virus.

Surviving AIDS
This set of Web resources are companion pieces to a PBS report originally broadcast on NOVA. A variety of resources are used to present information on the body's immune system, HIV in action, the search for a vaccine, the worldwide magnitude of AIDS, and reactions from AIDS researchers.

Using the Internet to Access Sexual Health Information
A lesson plan designed to help high school students practice accessing valid sexual health information using the Internet.

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Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of curricular content in HIV/AIDS. For other resources in Health and Nutrition (e.g., curricular content in Eating Disorders, Careers in Health and Medicine, or Substance Abuse), or for lesson plans and theme pages, click the "previous screen" button below. Or, click here if you wish to return directly to the CLN menu, which will give you access to educational resources in all of our subjects.