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The Internet : Key to AIDS Funding and Information Resources
As we enter the second decade of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the methods of accessing funding resources have changed dramatically. Increasingly, the latest information on funding resources is now located on the internet.
There has been minimum access to funds for AIDS services for Muslim health providers and to the Muslim community in general. On the national, state, and local level, police makers, AIDS organizations and HIV planning councils need to reach out and incorporate Muslim health professionals and organizations in funding and policy decisions.
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States, with a large numbers of African American and Latino becoming Muslims as adults. As with their counterparts in the non-Muslim minority community, there need for health programs, including HIV/AIDS care, is on the increase.
Muslim health professionals and health/ service organizations must start to use the Internet to identify needed funding, and for treatment, education, information and counseling. This guide will assist service providers, as well as the more computer literate, to become more effective.
What is the Internet?
The Internet is a worldwide group of connected networks that allow public access to information and service.
How the Internet work?
You must perform four basic steps to connect to the Internet:
- Determine how you will obtain access to the internet (through school or work, on-line service, or an Internet service provider such as
Obtain the necessary equipment (a computer, a modem, and a telephone line) Obtain the necessary software (communications program and a browser). Install the software in your computer. Explore the Internet and the world.
Individuals connecting from home, library or school typically dial into an Internet service provider using a modem over regular telephone lines. Once connected you can send information or request information over the Internet.
The most common search engines are:
You can request a web page by typing its Internet address called a URL. The URL is the name for the string of characters that makes up an Internet address. URL's are read from left to right.
The first section, http://tells the Web browser what type tools you are using. Most internet addresses begin with http://www. (some addresses use gopher://, ftp:// or file://)
Or enter keywords into search engine. The search tools directories can help you find medical information, AIDS Clinical trials & treatments, address and HIV/AIDS information including a guide to other Internet resources.
Guide to selected Internet resources:
AIDS ACT UP New York - (212)564-AIDS
CDC National AIDS Hotline
- Information on acupuncture, oriental and Chinese Medicine, herbology, Qi Gong, a practitioner referral list, and more.
- AEGIS - AIDS Education Global Information Service
- Headlines, news, library with vast searchable collection of articles, newsletters, etc. (added 3/24/97)
- AIDS and HIV - informations and resources
- Information and resources in French and English. Lots of links.
- AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service (ACTIS)
- National information about clinical trials. Access to MedLine databases.
- AIDS Project Los Angeles
- Support groups, advocacy, health tips and other links for the Los Angeles area.
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- Basic information about AIDS/HIV and the eye. No descriptions of treatments in clinical trials.
- The Ark of Refuge
- San Francisco organization promoting AIDS education in African-American Community and targeted high risk groups, includes housing and direct services.
- ARIC: AIDS Research Information Center
- is a private, non-profit AIDS medical information service offering current, medically accurate information on AIDS treatment and research in plain English to anyone who requests it. (added 1/20/96)
- Bastyr University AIDS Research Center
- The AIDS Research Center in Seattle is conducting a nationwide observational study. Anyone who uses alternative medicine as part of their treatment plan can participate.
- California AIDS Clinical Trials
- Forms for searching trials by condition, CD4 count and personal history. (added 4/2/96)
- Canadian HIV Trials Network.
- Information about clinical trials and other HIV-related resources in Canada. Also in french
- CATIE - Community AIDS Treatment Information Exchange
- Canadian site providing information on treatment options including drugs, other medical treatments and complementary therapies. English and French. (added 5/25/97)
- CDC AIDS Daily
- Updates from the Centers for Disease Control taken from journals and other publications around the world. Ten one paragraph abstracts with references, posted to the Web each morning.
- Critical Path Project
- A vast amount of valuable information on prevention, research, clinical trials, treatments, alternative treatments, services, and a searchable index. Includes ACT UP Philadelphia's HIV Adult Standard of Care.
- CyberQueer Lounge
- Links to AIDS info including the Digital Quilt, as well as other links of interest to the lesbian, gay and transgendered community. Updated and added to often. Lots of political stuff.
- Excellent search engine that allows you to search newsgroups for articles by subject words, author and date. Submit the query filter form first to limit the newsgroups searched; for example: sci.med.aids, misc.health.aids.
- XI International Conference on AIDS
- The conference will be held July 7-12, 1996 in Vancouver. Frequently updated site with newsletter.
- GENA Mailing List Archives
- Where you'll find many discussion groups about HIV/AIDS, including AIDS dialogue, AIDS drugs, AIDS and spirituality, AIDS drug trials, and women and HIV.
- GMHC's Living with HIV or AIDS
- Information on medical care and treatment, nutrition, mental health and counseling services, support groups, financial concerns, legal concerns, alcohol and drug use, insurance, and emergency services.
- Herbal Resources
- Links and downloadable information about herbs. Join the alt.folklore.herbs newsgroup for an ongoing discussion about herbs as treatments.
- HIV Medication Guide
- Drug/drug interactions, scheduling, and other medication information. Can be a bit confusing at first, but very useful. "Site made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from and BioChem Pharma." The reference page shows where the information came from. (added 3/5/98)
- 37th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) and Daily Summaries from ICAAC
- September 28-October 1, 1997, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (added 9/25/97)
- HIV/AIDS Information Outreach Project
- Links to government, scientific and technical information, academic and reference materials, cultural resources, community resources, and the resources of the New York Academy of Medicine.
- HIV Electronic Information Media Review
- An electronic newsletter with a selection of information from all over the Internet, updated every two weeks. Also, Australian and Pacific information, clinical trials, and facts sheets on conditions and treatments.
- HIV Insite
- From University of San Francisco, searchable national trials database, treatment and drug development papers, and more. (added 3/24/97)
- HIVNET/GENA Information Server
- Downloadable texts from magazines, newsletters and other periodicals. A lot of good information, but some of the text files on conditions and treatments are very out-of-date, so be aware of the date at the bottom of each file. Links to other places with HIV/AIDS information on the Web.
- HIV Sequence Database lt;DD>Pictures of HIV and scientific papers on HIV gene sequences from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
- InfoPack Newsletter
- From Community Prescription Service. Articles on anemia, MAC prophylaxis. (added 4/2/96)
- The Information Exchange
- UK site providing an important forum for exchange of views on HIV and Aids treatment, care and research for patients, clinic staff, GPs, the media and the general public. Excellent clinical trial information, including many treatments not yet being studied in the US.
- JAMA HIV/AIDS Information Center
- The Journal of the American Medical Association's HIV/AIDS site. Excellent source for journal articles, abstracts, the CDC Daily, treatment guidelines, and more.
- Just Say Yes
- Information about safer sex.
- Johns Hopkins AIDS Service
- Publications, treatments, managed care, expert consult, epidemiology, resources, education, prevention. Includes the entire text of Medical Management of HIV Infection by John G. Bartlett, MD. (added 1/28/98)
- Philadelphia Fight
- Philadelphia FIGHT is a Community-Based Research Initiative on AIDS in Philadelphia. Founded in 1990, FIGHT is a consortium of physicians and people living with HIV who have joined together to test potential treatments for HIV/AIDS and its complications.
- PoWeR: Program for Wellness Restoration
- Information on approaches to preventing/reversing wasting syndrome in HIV disease. (updated 3/11/98)
- Project Inform
- Facts Sheets, Discussion Papers, Hotline Handouts, and their newsletter PI Perspectives.
- Protease Inhibitor Response Project (PIRP)
- For people with HIV who are using anti-HIV medications, as well as their physicians. The purpose of this site is to gather information from patients who are taking combinations of anti-HIV drugs, especially combinations involving the protease inhibitors.
- Public Health Acupuncture
- New site with HIV information, links to journal articles, and a lounge. Free acupuncture for people living in northern New Jersey. (added 1/9/98)
- Queer Resources Directory
- Massive archive of files relating to all things queer. Links to health and sexuality issues, including information on HIV/AIDS.
- Retroviruses & Opportunistic Infections Conference, 2/1-2/5
- Conference materials, sessions broadcast over the Internet, and abstracts. (added 1/29/98)
- Rural Prevention Center
- Located at at Indiana University/Purdue, focusing on the promotion of preventing HIV and STDs in rural America.
- The Safer Sex Page
- Answers to some questions you may have with links to other pages.
- The Stop AIDS Project
- A four year old organization in San Francisco addressing gay and bisexual men and what they can do to stop AIDS. (added 1/27/96)
- Tulane University AIDS Clinical Trials Unit
- Protocols open for enrollment in the New Orleans area. (added 6/11/96)
- The University of Cambridge
- has some pictures for downloading of HIV protease.
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center's HIV Clinical Research Group
- The HIVCRG performs clinical trials of newly developed HIV anti-retroviral drugs. Other studies include treatment of diseases associated with or related to HIV infection. (added 1/20/97)
- The Internet Pathology Laboratory for Medical Education. Pictures of HIV, PCP, CMV and other infectious agents.
- The Yoga Group, Inc.
- A group based in Denver, Colorado with information about yoga for people living with HIV and AIDS, and links to other sites.
- We the People
- The only Philadelphia-area organization created and run by and for people living with HIV disease and AIDS. Includes their monthly newspaper, Alive & Kicking! and information about their weekly TV broadcast on health care in the age of AIDS: Positive Health. (added 11/24/95)
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