According to Avert, an HIV/AIDS charity, there were over 30 million adults living with AIDS in 2009. Approximately 2 million people were newly infected with the disease and a whopping 14 million children were orphaned because their parents died from it. Although the disease is a worldwide epidemic, the countries hardest hit is Sub Saharan Africa with 22 million living with AIDS and South/Southeast Asia with 4.1 million.
AIDS is a terminal disease with no cure. It is the result of an HIV infection which begins attacking the immune system. Eventually, the immune system deteriorates to such a level that the body is unable to fight off basic diseases, like the common cold, which often end up being the cause of their death. Preventing the spread of the disease is paramount to the survival of those in affected countries. Below are a list of 50 blogs that provide a variety of information about HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, statistics, history, science, giving, and support.
1. Avert.org (http://www.avert.org/) - A charity organization that works with local communities to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
2. Center for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/) - Provides information and statistics regarding the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the United States.
3. NAM Aidsmap (http://www.aidsmap.com/) - NAM works to provide accurate information and resources about HIV/AIDS to help communities take action against the spread of the disease.
4. Towleroad (http://www.towleroad.com/aidshiv/) - Although focused on the Gay and Lesbian community, the site provides news about politics and activities surrounding HIV/AIDS in the world.
5. Science Daily (http://www.sciencedaily.com/news/health_medicine/hiv_and_aids/) - Provides medical articles and educational videos about AIDS and HIV as well as post developments about the treatment of the disease.
6. AIDS.gov (http://aids.gov/) - A website that provides information about HIV/AIDS. The site also has a blog that post updates about government policies, treatments, and social media about the disease.
7. The Body (http://www.thebody.com/) - A comprehensive HIV/AIDS resource providing information about the disease and treatments.
8. World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/topics/hiv_aids/en/) - Provides general information about HIV/AIDS around the world.
9. About.com AIDS Guide (http://aids.about.com/) - Basic information and a blog that talks about AIDS topics.
10. HIV.com (http://www.hiv.com/) - Comprehensive information about HIV/AIDS. Geared towards people newly diagnosed.
11. Criminal HIV Transmission (http://criminalhivtransmission.blogspot.com/) - A blog about crimes involving the transmission of HIV.
12. The AIDS Beacon (http://www.aidsbeacon.com/) - A site that posts information about HIV/AIDS in the news.
13. Kid's Health (http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/std/hiv.html) - A section of the Kid's Health site that works to explain to children what HIV/AIDS is, how to treat it, and how to prevent transmission.
14. AIDS Action Committee (http://blog.aac.org/) - Focuses on educating public and health professionals on the prevention of HIV and AIDS.
15. Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (http://www.womenandaids.net/Home.aspx) - A collection of groups focused on helping women living with AIDS and improving programs dedicated to women and girls.
16. NPIN (http://www.cdcnpin.org/scripts/hiv/index.asp) - Information about prevention and developing programs focused on reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS.
17. UNAIDS (http://www.unaids.org/) - A United Nations program aimed at encouraging universal access to information about the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
18. NASTAD (http://www.nastad.org/Programs/hivprevention/) - Offers a variety of publications aimed at providing health departments with information about implementing and managing prevention programs among other things.
19. Global HIV Prevention Working Group (http://www.globalhivprevention.org/about.html) - Issues periodic reports with recommendations on issues regarding HIV/AIDS prevention as well as guidance to donors and others involved in the prevention or management of the disease.
20. Women's Health (http://www.womenshealth.gov/hiv/prevention/) - Government produced site that provides information to women regarding the prevention of the transmission of HIV/AIDS to themselves, partners, and their children.
21. FHI (http://www.fhi.org/en/HIVAIDS/index.htm) - A global health organization that works to assist communities around the world to develop programs that reduce or prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS.
22. Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (http://www.caps.ucsf.edu/) - University of California San Francisco group that conducts research into methodologies to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
23. Kaiser Family Foundation (http://www.kff.org/hivaids/prevention.cfm) - The site follows the U.S. efforts at preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country.
24. Community AIDS Resource and Education Services (http://www.caresswm.org/) - A community organization that provides testing and education to people at risk in Southwest Michigan.
25. AIDS Info (http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov/) - A sub site of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services providing information about the treatment, prevention, and research into AIDS/HIV.
26. Keep a Child Alive (http://blog.keepachildalive.org/) - Focuses on helping affected children obtain the medication they need to survive.
27. HIV Prevention Trials Network (http://www.hptn.org/index.htm) - A collection of clinical trials that focus on developing medications that prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
28. AIDS Treatment News (http://aidsnews.blogspot.com/) - Posts the latest information about the treatment of AIDS.
29. AIDS Meds (http://www.aidsmeds.com/) - A site that has comprehensive information about various treatment options so people can make informed decisions about their health care options.
30. HIV Viral Load (http://www.hivviralload.com/) - A blog written for health care professionals about the importance of monitoring viral loads in patients in order to provide better medical care.
31. Human Rights Campaign (http://www.hrc.org/issues/4052.htm) - Article on the site that offers several different options for treatment of AIDS.
32. NATAP (http://www.natap.org/) - National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project. Provides information about AIDS treatments as well as up to date articles about HIV/AIDS. Also has papers and conferences.
33. Canadian AIDS Treatment (http://www.catie.ca/eng/Publications/PublicationsIndex.shtml) - Information for Canadians looking for treatment options. Provides research and news, guides and an e-magazine about HIV/AIDS.
34. amfAR AIDS Research (http://www.amfar.org/) - An organization focused on the study of AIDs and treatment options.
35. AIDS Healthcare (http://www.aidshealth.org/) - Provides information on treatment options and clinical trials.
36. HIV/AIDS Tribe (http://www.hivaidstribe.com/) - Online support group for people who have been diagnosed and are living with HIV/AIDS.
37. Medindia (http://www.medindia.net/healthnetwork/support-groups/aidshiv.htm) - Provides a support forum for people with AIDS/HIV.
38. FAO Living Well with HIV/AIDS (http://www.fao.org/DOCREP/005/Y4168E/Y4168E00.HTM) - A document provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations that provides information on maintaining good health in people with HIV/AIDS.
39. National Association of People with AIDS (http://www.napwa.org/) - Advocacy group that works to ensure equal treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS.
40. National Minority AIDS Council (http://www.nmac.org/) - An advocacy group that works to bring awareness of issues affecting minorities with HIV/AIDS. Group has a variety of national conferences, treatment and research programs, and public policy education programs.
41. AIDS Action Council (http://www.aidsaction.org.au/) - Provides a variety of services, information, and support that helps to lessen the transmission of HIV/AIDS.
42. Help for HIV (http://www.helpforhiv.com/) - Provides information and recommendations of video and books to people who have been newly diagnosed with HIV.
43. AIDS Help (http://www.aidshelp.cc/) - An organization that gives help and support to those living in Key West and the Florida Keys living with AIDS.
Personal Blogs of HIV Positive People
44. Welcome to Surviving HIV (http://survivinghiv.blogspot.com/) - Blog by AIDS Activist Nelson Vergel who posts information for people living with AIDS that are not discussed often in the mainstream media.
45. My Journey with AIDS (http://myjourneywithaids.wordpress.com/) - Personal blog by Kenn Chaplin that details what life is like living with AIDS.
46. Living in the Bonus Round (http://bonusroundblog.blogspot.com/) - Personal blog by Steve Schalchlin. One of the first blogs on the internet to talk about HIV/AIDS.
47. Still Arriving (http://stillarriving.blogspot.com/) - Personal blog of James McLarty that details the medications he takes for the disease and how they affect him.
48. Hivine (http://hivine.wordpress.com/) - A group blog by HIV positive women who use humor to discuss the issues around living with the disease.
49. Shawn and Gwenn (http://www.shawnandgwenn.com/) - A blog maintained by a couple who use their relationship to talk about sexual health and to share their story with others as a teaching tool.
50. POZ (http://blogs.poz.com/) - A group of blogs by people who have been diagnosed or otherwise affected by HIV/AIDS.