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• Choose not to have sex, or make an agreement with a partner who is not HIV-positive to be sexually faithful to each other, and stick to it.
• Know your partner's sexual and drug history.
• Use a condom for vaginal or anal sex, and barrier methods, such as a condom or dental dam, for oral sex.
• It might be a difficult subject to bring up, but you need to know your partner's sexual and drug history.
• Do not share needles for any kind of injection drug use.
• If you are HIV-positive, see your health care provider to get appropriate treatment. There are advances in the treatment of HIV/AIDS occurring all the time--and new medications allow people to live longer and healthier lives.
• Get Tested! And ask partners to do the same.
The fight against HIV/AIDS can be won. The first steps starts with you. Know your HIV status.
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Viacom and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation's KNOW HIV/AIDS initiative seeks to eliminate ignorance about the disease by using the media to inform the public. The award-winning campaign educates the global community by using the extensive global resources and reach of Viacom properties. Since its inception in January 2003, the project has reached millions of people worldwide. Visit here for more information.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. The CDC offers extensive information about HIV/AIDS. To find out more, visit www.cdc.gov/hiv/dhap.htm or call 1-800-342-AIDS.
The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to supporting HIV/AIDS research, prevention, education, and the advocacy of progressive AIDS-related public policy. To find out more, visit www.amfar.org.
The Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center focuses on the basic science of AIDS and HIV in a research environment conducive to the highest level of scientific creativity. They are committed to finding solutions to end the AIDS epidemic. To find out more, visit www.adarc.org.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. For more than 50 years, NIAID research has led to new therapies, vaccines, diagnostic tests, and other technologies that have improved the health of millions of people in the United States and around the world. To learn more, visit http://www.niaid.nih.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is the worldwide leader in the fight against pediatric AIDS and other serious and life-threatening diseases affecting children. Their innovative research programs, collaborative training initiatives, advocacy efforts and rapidly expanding international programs are bringing dramatic changes to the lives of children worldwide. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit www.pedaids.org or call 1-888-499-HOPE.
The Johns Hopkins AIDS service website is an excellent resource for patients living with HIV/AIDS. The site allows patients to draw on the expertise of a leading HIV specialist, Dr. Joel Gallant. Visit here for more information.
The Johns Hopkins Point of Care Information Technology website is a resource for clinicians to expand their knowledge of HIV/AIDS. Visit www.hopkins-hivguide.org for more information.
For extensive information on HIV/AIDS, visit: www.thebody.com. It offers a wide range of information on the disease, resources for HIV positive people and a forum to ask doctors your questions.
The Harvard AIDS Project works to find prevention and treatment options for Africa and other countries with limited resources. Visit www.aids.harvard.edu for more information.
Special thanks to Drs. Fauci and Ho, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Viacom AIDS project.
For their feedback on certain PSA scripts special thanks to Dr. Clifford Lane, Clinical Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. David Ho, CEO of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Institute, Dr. Jeffrey Laurence, Head of the Laboratories for AIDS Research, Weil Medical College/Cornell University and Jerry Radwin, CEO of AMFAR.
Warm appreciation to Ms. Carol Gertz, mother of Alison Gertz, for her powerful quotation.
In memory of Dr. Ben Kean, a giant in the Infectious Disease field, who inspired many physicians and medical students to dedicate their careers to the fight against infectious diseases.