Prevention in Focus

Spring 2012 

HIV prevention resources online: The sites you won’t want to miss

By Lauren Plews

Here at CATIE we create many resources to assist you with your work in HIV and hepatitis C, but sometimes even we need some help from other organizations. Below are a few of our favourite sources for great HIV prevention information—they’re too good not to share.


AIDSTAR-One (AIDS Support and Technical Assistance Resources) is a US-based resource aimed primarily at developing countries. The HIV Prevention Knowledge Base is a collection of research on and tools for different approaches to HIV prevention (biomedical, combination, behavioural and structural). You can sign up for the HIV Prevention Update to have this free update delivered to your inbox each month.

AVAC Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention

AVAC translates complex biomedical prevention research to make it more accessible. Through AVAC publications, you can find out everything you need to know about how scientific research and trials work. Be sure to take a look at the timeline of prevention research as well. It offers an overview of recently concluded trials and their results and of trials coming to an end soon. Simply click on a trial listed in the timeline to learn more about it.

The Body

The US-based The Body provides online news and information about HIV for people living with HIV and service providers. The HIV Prevention section includes content on prevention for specific populations (drug users, gay men, healthcare workers, Latin Americans and others). Visitors can also Ask the Experts about any HIV-related topic, read and comment on blogs at HIV/AIDS Blog Central or access information for and about specific populations in the HIV/AIDS Resource Centers (such as the Resource Center for Gay Men, the Resource Center for Women, or the African-American HIV/AIDS Resource Center). Content is also available in Spanish.

If you’re a healthcare provider, you may want to visit The Body’s sister site The Body PRO, aimed at healthcare professionals.

Centre for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)

CAPS (Centre for AIDS Prevention Studies), from the University of California, San Francisco, publishes fact sheets in English and Spanish, on everything from testing and counselling to different interventions to risk factors and policy, as well as a collection of reports and policy monographs. Links also connect you to current and past CAPS research projects.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The HIV/AIDS section of the US CDC website offers a wealth of information and resources in English and Spanish. In addition to print materials, resources are also available as podcasts and slide sets. Information for and about specific populations—including gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, people 50+, women and African Americans—outlines prevention challenges and includes resources, bibliographies and links.

Global Campaign for Microbicides

The goal of the Global Campaign for Microbicides is to ensure the ethical development of, and widespread access to, new and existing HIV prevention options. The organization publishes information about the development of microbicides and other prevention technologies. It investigates some of the difficult questions surrounding prevention technologies, such as the cost and the ethics of conducting trials. For anyone new to microbicides looking for a solid understanding of the issues, the campaign has created a free online course. Much of the site’s content is also available in French and Spanish.

IAVI (International AIDS Vaccine Initiative)

IAVI is a useful resource on HIV/AIDS vaccine research and advocacy news. The site includes a brief history of AIDS vaccine efforts and a clinical trials database. IAVI publishes two bulletins, available by subscription: IAVI Report provides comprehensive coverage of the AIDS vaccine field, while VAX helps explain vaccine research and development to a broader non-scientific audience. VAX is also available in Spanish and Portuguese.


Last but not least, the UK-based NAM strives to provide independent, clear and accurate information on HIV to service providers, healthcare professionals and people living with HIV. Its wide range of resources include booklets of plain and simple information and news bulletins that outline the latest developments in prevention, accessible through the Transmission and Prevention section. NAM also has information for and about populations at risk for HIV.

As part of its mission to serve an international audience, NAM offers multilingual resources in 18 languages.


This has really just scratched the surface of the many prevention resources available and what these sites have to offer. You may want to bookmark them or add them to your list of Favourites and spend some time on each one. They will not disappoint.


About the author(s)

Lauren Plews was, until recently, the Information Specialist at CATIE. A certified bookworm, Lauren earned her Masters of Science in Information with a specialization in Library Sciences from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before coming to CATIE, she worked in a Public Library and also assisted faculty and researchers at the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario.