Friday, November 30, 2001

JAMA HIV/AIDS Information Center - What Are Rural HIV Prevention Needs?
From the Journal of the American Medical Association. Clear, concise...useful
Health Officials Warn of Meth Epidemic in Montana
An alarming announcement in September 2001 about the extraodinary proliferation of meth labs in Montana. Where there's methamphetamine (a.k.a. meth, speed, crystal and maybe some other things) there's going to be hepatitis. Where there's hepatitis there's going to be HIV. The figures cited here portend a major jump in HIV infection in the next few years. Regardless what teachers can/cannot do officially in the classroom we all need to be knowledgable about these diseases and their spread into rural communities.

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

Report from a 1998 Conference on Rural HIV/AIDS. Contains important statistics. I didn't notice a lot about kids' issues. Nontheless, it looks as if it's a good solid short course in the topic.
AIDS Brief for Professionals: Religious Leaders
This page is a PDF file (You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download). It's one of a series for professionals of various occupations. The document is part of a series produced in South Africa, one of the most heavily infected places in the world. Has resources for Protestant, Catholic, Moslem, Jewish, Buddhist traditions.

A quote from the document:
The foundation of the vast majority of religions is the call to compassion. A call to care for the sick, to seek justice, and to reach out to the neighbour in need....We are members of different faith communities called by God to affirm a life of hope and healing in the midst of the HIV/AIDS...Our traditions call us to embody and proclaim hope, and to celebrate life and healing in the midst of suffering.
The Status and Trends of the Global HIV/AIDS Pandemic Final Report
Report from the 11th International AIDS conference. Published in conjunction with Harvard School of Public Health.
An excellent report on the worldwide pamdemic although a bit dated.(1996)


SHOP = School Health Opportunities and Resources.This is from SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.
Center for AIDS Prevention Studies- Fact Sheets
Fact sheets from the Centers for Disease Control (Center for AIDS prevention studies.) Information on a wide variety of HIV related topics. Probably not for your students directly but a good source of information for you.
What Are Rural HIV Prevention Needs?
From the University of California. Helpful information in a Question & Answer format. Examples: Are rural people at risk for HIV? What puts rural people at risk for HIV? What are rural challenges? etc..

Friday, November 23, 2001

Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention:Fact Sheets (8)
This link takes you to a fact sheet on the issue of HIV/AIDS in rural America. NOTE -- that the majority of infections occur between the ages of 15 and 29. This means that there are kids in your class who might well be at risk. I've worked with people who were infected that young. I've seen them die in their twenties. Fortunately things are somewhat better now and treatment can keep HIV infection from turning into AIDS for a long time. Still, there's no cure.
Health Education Curriculum Unit Search Results
From the University of Utah. An extensive set of health eduation lesson plans for all levels
National Geographic News @
An article on the role women are taking in fighting the pandemic in Africa. Not directly related to the topic of this page but an interesting story nonetheless. Posted here because teachers might be able to use it in class to raise the issue of HIV as a global health problem that touches everyone.
AIDS Vaccine Ride: Montana Ride Information
About this year's ride. Even though it's over you might find it helpful in a discussing how young people can make important contributions to society and their communities. Here's a link to the page of Rowena Marvin - Montana AIDS Vaccine Ride 2001
Epidemiological Profile of HIV in Montana
From the Department of Health and Human Services. From this report we can tell that although HIV/AIDS is a small problem it HAS been reported in both Sheridan and Roosevelt Counties.

It's clear from the figures that most people who have either HIV infection or full-blown AIDS have been young men who were infected in their teens. The major route of transmission in this population has been through drug use. Drugs ARE present in Montana!
The Gateway to Educational Materials
You probably already know this site but if you don't you're in for a nice treat. It's free, has good material you can rely on, and has thousands of lesson plans. Only one of them had a warning about the need for parental permission. The others all looked like general material relevant to all transmittable diseases. The above link takes you to the "About The Gateway" page. From there you can go to the search page. Or, you can get to the search page directly by selecting this link.
You can search by grade level. I selected "All" and then did a search for "HIV." I got back a small number of pages (maybe 50 or so) all of which were useful. They include on lesson plans for the first grade on the role of washing hands and other universal precautions that everyone needs to know anyway. At the other end they include material suitable for college students.