HIV/AIDS Educational Resources

Educational resources for patients

Thinking about getting tested?

One in six Americans with HIV are unaware of their status.  The only way to be sure of your status is to get tested.  To learn more about the testing process, check out Project HEAL’s brochure on HIV testing.

The earlier you know your status, the better. Learn about the benefits of HIV testing and early diagnosis.

Ways to Prevention and testing.  Learn more about prevention and how to get tested.

Have questions about HIV tests and the testing process? Visit Avert’s Frequently Asked Questions for HIV Testing.

Do you want your testing to be anonymous? Learn the difference between confidential and anonymous testing from AIDS.gov.

Looking for a HIV testing site in Chicago? The Illinois Department for Public Health provides an extensive list of confidential and anonymous testing sites in Chicago

Don’t want to go to a clinic to get tested? You can test yourself for HIV at home with the FDA-approved home testing kits.

Important things to know if you are HIV positive

Newly diagnosed? Illinois HIV Care Connect has the first six steps to take to keep yourself and others around you healthy.

To Tell or Not To Tell: Do I have to tell my partner that I am HIV positive? Illinois state law requires you to disclose your status to anyone you might expose to HIV, this means your sex or needle-sharing partners. Learn more about HIV disclosure policies and procedures on aids.gov

How do I tell my friends and family that I am HIV positive? Find general tips on how to disclose your status to friends and family on aidsmeds.com

Interested in HIV coverage by the Affordable Care Act? Great Than AIDS provides information between HIV positive individuals and their coverage by The Affordable Care Act.

How do I keep others around me uninfected? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released their updated Recommendations for HIV Prevention with Adults and Adolescents with HIV in the United States, 2014

Worried about domestic violence after disclosing status to your partner? Call the 24/7 City of Chicago Domestic Violence Help Line 24/7  1-877-863-6338 to get counseling and referrals to community based service providers

Need to find medical treatment? The HIV/AIDS Community Clinic Network (HCCN), an affiliate of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System has been providing services to HIV-infected individuals since 1989 to over 1,200 patients at 7 community-based sites throughout Chicago.

Are you Pregnant and Positive? Ensure the health of yourself and your baby. Call the 24/7 Illinois Perinatal HIV Hotline  1-800-439-4079 and learn about options of perinatal HIV prevention and HIV-positive pregnant women specialty care

Do you need legal assistance? AIDS Legal Council of Chicago provides legal assistance and advocates to protect the rights of persons with HIV

Looking for service providers in the Chicago-land area? The AIDS Foundation of Chicago provides an extensive list of the Members of AFC Service Providers Council with links to their websites.

Important things to know if you are HIV negative

Want to learn important facts about HIV/AIDS? Visit the the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for detailed information on HIV/AIDS

Wondering how to protect yourself against HIV? Inform yourself of the Basics of HIV Prevention.

Are you still at high risk for contracting HIV?  Talk to your doctor about taking Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis to prevent the transmission of HIV. Learn more about PrEP.

Nervous about asking your doctor about PrEP? The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created a helpful brochure about how to talk to your doctor about PrEP. Read it here.

 

Educational resources for health professionals

Students

Want to take an introductory HIV/AIDS course at your own convenience? City of Chicago’s Department of Public Health provides free online HIV/AIDS courses available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Looking to expand your medical training to include HIV training? Several universities and colleges have altered their curriculum to include extensive HIV/AIDS care and treatment education into their primary care residency, graduate nursing, and physician assistant programs.  See these participating locations here.

Curious about the relationship between HIV and mental health? The American Psychiatric Association provides video presentations and training opportunities by mental health practitioners about HIV’s relation to various psychiatric disorders.

Interested in an International HIV Training opportunity? The HIV Medicine Association compiles lists of HIV International Training opportunities for medical students.

Wondering the level of other medical students’ knowledge of HIV/AIDS? A study was performed to assess the knowledge of medical students on HIV/AIDS focused on methods of transmission, high risk behaviors, and preventative measures.  Read the study here.

Want to learn about the National HIV/AIDS Strategy? The White House’s website provides information about the Nation’s HIV/AIDS Strategy ranging from the overall vision to key steps on how to accomplish the plan.

Faculty and Providers

Treating HIV Positive patients? Refer your patients to Illinois HIV Care Connect to help your patients find the care and support they need.

Want to take an introductory HIV/AIDS course at your own convenience? City of Chicago’s Department of Public Health provides free online HIV/AIDS courses available 24 hours, seven days a week.

Need more in depth HIV/AIDS courses? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers HIV/AIDS online courses, which provide CME credits if completed.

Want to work with HIV positive people who are homeless? Med-HEART provides detailed information about caring for homeless HIV positive people.

Do you currently have or are looking into having HIV positive patients? HealthHIV offers HIV webinars directed towards physicians who currently have or would like to have HIV positive patients.

Need information about the relationship between HIV and health care opportunities? HIV Health Reforms provides webinars, articles, studies, and more to better educate on health care for HIV positive individuals.

Interested in implementing a peer program? The PEER Center was designed to help Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grantees, clinics, AIDS Service Organizations and other training organizations to develop peer programs to support HIV-positive individuals as they enter and stay in care, adhere to treatment protocols, and improve their quality of life.

Looking for resources for testing in a clinical setting? The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides vital information for healthcare providers implementing HIV testing.

Want to learn and talk to others about HIV/AIDS? MATEC provides a list of HIV/AIDS focused breakfasts, seminars, and practicums.

Interested in learning more about ART? The Resource Center for Prevention with Persons Living with HIV provides ART specific interactive cases, webinars, and presentations for clinicians.

Want to better understand the relationship between HIV and women? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists created a webinar series about HIV and women by experts in the field of treating women with HIV. CME credits are available for each session.

Looking for quick, convenient training opportunities? The AETC National Resource Center offers a virtual library of clinical information and training materials for HIV medical professionals.

Curious about the relationship between HIV and mental health? The American Psychiatric Association provides video presentations and training opportunities by mental health practitioners about HIV’s relation to various psychiatric disorders.

Want to learn about the National HIV/AIDS Strategy? The White House’s website provides information about the Nation’s HIV/AIDS Strategy ranging from the overall vision to key steps on how to accomplish the plan

Interested in an International HIV training opportunity? The HIV Medicine Association complies lists of HIV International Training opportunities for physicians.

Looking for a fun way to educate providers on HIV and Oral Health? The Evaluation Center for HIV and Oral Health created a jeopardy game for providers to educate their peers on HIV and Oral Health.

Need a refresher on Illinois law for conducting routine HIV Testing? Multiple AIDS affiliated organizations came together to create a fact sheet targeted towards physicians to provide a brief overview of Illinois law for conducting routine HIV testing.

Want to be more informed about PrEP? The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and a fact sheet for administering PrEP to patients.

Looking for other HIV health professionals? Join Illinois HIV Care Connect to work with other health professionals to support the HIV positive community.

Want to know more about vaccinations.  Learn more about vaccinations and disease control.

Interested in implementing routine HIV testing in your Emergency Department? Visit the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) guideline for clinicians and administrators seeking to incorporate routine HIV testing in their department and the Illinois Routine HIV testing toolkit created by the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC) and Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC)