1st Edition

HIV/AIDS Community Information Services Experiences in Serving Both At-Risk and HIV-Infected Populations

By M Sandra Wood, Jeffrey T Huber Copyright 1996
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    Information forms the basis for education, and currently education is the only weapon available to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS and to foster empathy toward individuals already affected by the disease. HIV/AIDS and Community Information Services provides readers with insight into the information construct within the AIDS arena and how that construct affects the provision of information services to the HIV/AIDS affected population. It will serve as an irreplaceable reference as the number of individuals with AIDS increases, creating a greater demand for information and making that information increasingly difficult to provide.

    While directories exist to assist with practical approaches to accessing HIV/AIDS-related information, none had served as a comprehensive resource concerning the nature of that information or the provision of information services. HIV/AIDS Community Information Services fills that void. It fosters the enlightenment of the general public concerning the true nature of HIV/AIDS, guides readers in providing information services--both educational and recreational--to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, and encourages the dissemination of instructional materials to those individuals at risk for infection. In doing so, contributors provide readers with information about:

    • the relationship between AIDS and the body of information concerning the disease
    • the complex nature of HIV/AIDS-related information
    • available HIV/AIDS information services
    • information as a means for empowerment
    • suggestions for future programs, potential collaboration efforts, and innovative services

      An essential guide for information professionals, librarians, health educators, counselors, members of community-based AIDS service organizations, and individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS Community Information Services foster the creation, accession, collection, organization, dissemination, and sharing of information concerning the HIV/AIDS epidemic and promotes the provision of services to individuals already affected by HIV/AIDS.

    Contents Introduction
    • The Complex Nature of the Epidemic
    • HIV/AIDS Information
    • HIV/AIDS Information Resources and Services
    • Information Networking and Partnerships
    • Looking Beyond Existing Resources and Services
    • Appendix A: Case Definitions of AIDS
    • Appendix B: AIDS Classification Systems
    • Appendix C: Internet Resource Sites
    • Appendix D: Organization Information
    • Index


    M Sandra Wood