This collection of resources is aimed at teachers who wish to teach about HIV/AIDS in the classroom. There are links below to documentaries, primary sources, and lesson plans. Please peruse and use these sources, because education is the best defense against HIV/AIDS.
ACT UP’s Oral History Project
The famous AIDS advocacy group of the 1980s and 90s created this website, which is filled with interviews of members recalling their experiences during the AIDS epidemic. There are currently 120 videos available along with interview transcripts. The website is a great resource for presenting the first-hand experiences of individuals who fought for concrete changes as communities struggled to stay alive. The website is also a great platform for teaching students about methods for collecting oral histories.
How to Survive a Plague
How to Survive a Plague is a documentary that recounts the history of two AIDS activist groups: ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group). Both groups are considered responsible for transforming AIDS from a lethal disease to a manageable condition. The film features unseen archival footage from the 1980s and 90s, and highlights the transformation of these groups from impassioned everyday citizens to influential AIDS crusaders who created powerful institutional changes.
We Were Here
We Were Here is a documentary featuring archival footage and retrospective interviews that narrates the AIDS epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area and features some of the brave individuals who fought the illness that was devastating the community.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC website is filled with HIV/AIDS-related information, including biological information about the illness, statistics featuring infographics, and summaries of current governmental policies and programs for the disease.
The New York City Department of Education – HIV/AIDS Curriculum
The New York City Department of Education has created relevant and informative lesson plans for grades K-12. The curriculum enables teachers to meet the New York State Education Department’s requirement that public schools teach accurate, age-appropriate HIV/AIDS education annually to students in grades K-12. Lessons cover a variety of issues, including the basic biology of the disease, methods of transmission, general personal health management, and skills for avoiding risky behaviors and preventing infection, and are designed to cultivate compassion for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Minnesota AIDS Project – Parent and Teacher Resources
This website, created by the Minnesota AIDS project, a nonprofit organization created to lead Minnesota’s fight to stop HIV through prevention, advocacy, awareness and services, provides an extensive list of resources for parents or educators wishing to teach and discuss HIV/AIDS-related content to children and teenagers. The featured materials include books, posters, pamphlets, brochures, websites, and newsletters with content that range in maturity for all ages.
World Health Organization (WHO)
The World Health Organization is the United Nations’ coordinating and directing authority on global health issues, and creates the agenda for worldwide health research and policy initiatives. The website features information on global health issues such as HIV/AIDS including statistics, research publications, media, and more.
New-York Historical Society – Sights and Sounds Image Analysis Activity
(this will be a link to another webpage with the guiding questions)
The New-York Historical Society has created a list of guiding questions to help teachers generate meaningful discussion about the images featured in the Sights and Sounds section of our website. These questions are meant to sharpen students’ image-analysis skills and create a class-wide dialogue about the images commonly seen in New York City during the first five years of the AIDS epidemic.
This is a compilation of valuable resources for teens interested in learning more about HIV/AIDS, testing and treatment, and how to help. These are links to testing sites, informational resources, and information on how to be an HIV/AIDS activist. Be informed and fight for a cure!
Housing Works Inc.
Housing Works Inc.’s services include medical treatment, personalized care management, supportive community outreach, and assistance with housing resources in New York City. The Housing Works website also includes an “Advocate” section that provides information on current HIV/AIDS-related legislation as well as national and international issues.
The Avert teen website is designed to help teens acquire the information to make healthy life decisions about emotional and sexual relationships. This website has videos and frequently asked questions that make reading about sexual health fun and accessible.
Ali Forney Center
The Ali Forney Center is a New York City–based organization that strives to better the lives of youth who have been rejected from their homes because of their sexual orientation, gender identity expression, and/or HIV status. The center’s website provides resources like housing options for homeless teenagers in fifteen states. The website also provides information for how to volunteer with or provide items needed at these youth shelters.
The Center for Disease Control
The Center for Disease Control’s HIV website provides up-to-date information. The website is broken down into nine sections including HIV basics, statistics center, and resources library. It also provides a place to enter a zip code and identify the nearest HIV/ STI testing location.
National Runaway Safeline
The National Runaway Safeline is an organization that aims to protect and serve homeless, at-risk, and runaway youth. The hotline is available 24/7, and callers are connected with a trained volunteer. The main objective of each call is to ensure that the caller is safe and provided with necessary resources like immediate shelter and food.
This website has a state-by-state listing of AIDS walks all over the United States that increase awareness and fundraise for AIDS research and relief. The annual AIDS walk is a great way to volunteer time and raise money for a worthy and relevant cause.