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A Guide to Finding Government Information

Web version of this guide includes links to web resources.

Search Tips:

Mix and match these terms in searching the library catalog, WestCat , or use them to search journal articles and law reviews via the library's Databases page. You can also use them to search government information sites listed on our Starting Points page - click the tab and pay particular attention to the Top Six.

  • AIDS disease
  • acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
  • prevention
  • statistics
  • HIV
  • HIV infections
  • human immunodeficiency virus
  • treatment

Related Topic:
  • sexually transmitted diseases

An important source for many research topics is Congress. Congressional committees and subcommittees hold hearings on a wide variety of controversial and timely subjects. Simply add the word "hearing?" to a search string in WestCat .

Search Engines

Google and StartPage
Use these search engines to search for government information by typing "site:gov" in the search box preceding your search terms:

  • site:gov AIDS
  • site:mil HIV

Federal Government Information

This website hosts a lot of information on HIV/AIDS. Learn about the disease, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, prevention and information about government programs.

National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States

This document details the new strategy for a coordinated effort toward eradicating the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 2010

HIV Risk-Related Behaviors in the United States Household Population Aged 15-44 years: Data From the National Survey of Family Growth, 2002 and 2006-2010

This statistical report compares sexual behaviors that increase risk of STDs, including HIV, from 2006-2010 to 2002 data. 2012

HIV/AIDS from the CDC

This page from the Centers for Disease Control links to statistics, factsheets, and treatment news.

Employees with HIV/AIDS

Written for employers, this guide to accommodating the limitations of employees with HIV/AIDS uses real world examples to illustrate requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 2011

U.S. Investments in HIV/AIDS : Opportunities and Challenges Ahead

This congressional hearing discusses the impact of U.S. programs on the treatment and spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa, which started in 2003. 2010
Y 4.F 76/1:111-104

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS

UNAIDS, is the main advocate for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the epidemic. UNAIDS' mission is to lead, strengthen and support an expanded response to HIV and AIDS that includes prevention, care and support to those infected, and alleviating the impact of the epidemic.

HIV/AIDS Surveillance

On this Census Bureau website, you can generate your own reports. The data varies quite a bit; some of it being quite dated.

Illinois Government Information
HIV/AIDS Statistics

A statistical presentation of the presence of AIDS in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health website offers statewide cases and cases reported by county, in addition to publications and other AIDS information. The Illinois HIV/AIDS/STD Monthly Surveillance Update is viewable from this page as well.
ILLINOIS 616.9792 AIDS 3d year month


Illinois has the 7th highest number of AIDS cases in the nation, according to this Illinois Department of Public Health website. Additionally, IDPH offers basic HIV/AIDS facts and information about those AIDS affects. Links to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program and testing and services administered by IDPH are also provided.

Legal Information
Sexual Orientation and the Law

This annually updated legal treatise has a section on representing clients with HIV/AIDS on the issues of testing, employment and insurance.
LEGL REF. KF 4754.5 .S493

"Solving the HIV Testing Problem: an Analysis of New York's New Legislation"

This article talks about New York's attempt to balance privacy and health policy. 2011
Albany Government Law Review, v.4, p.758 via Nexis Uni

AIDS Law In a Nutshell

This book is a brief and readable compilation of AIDS-specific laws, topically arranged: Discrimination Law, Family and Estate Planning Law, Insurance Law, Criminal Law, Tort Law, Public Health Law, and International Law. 1996
LEGL REF. KF 3803.A54 A946 1996

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