HIV: RESOURCES-WHERE TO GO FOR HELP: SELECTED NATIONAL RESOURCES
HIV: RESOURCES-WHERE TO GO FOR HELP: SELECTED NATIONAL RESOURCESThe following is a list of national resources, selected either because they run information hotlines or because they publish newsletters. These organizations sometimes change their telephone numbers. If you call and get a message that the number is not in service, try directory assistance. For 800 numbers, the directory assistance number is 1-800-555-1212. AIDS Clinical Trials Groups (ACTGs). These are the medical centers that are part of a national program of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to test new treatments for HIV infection. ACTGs need people to participate in these clinical trials; they are also superb sources of information and treatment. The list of ACTGs changes with time, so the best way to find the ACTG nearest you is to call the NIAID hotline at 1-800-TRIALS-A. American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR), 1515 Broadway, Suite 3061, New York, N.Y. 10036,212-719-0033. This organization keeps track of funding, research, and experimental treatments. AmFAR publishes the AIDS/HIV Experimental Treatment Directory, a directory of drugs being tested in clinical trials, updated quarterly. AmFAR also publishes AIDS Targeted Information Newsletter, a monthly newsletter of reports of, and comments on, the latest medical research appearing each month. It’s expensive, $125 per year; 1-800-638-0672. Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), Department of Medical Information, 129 W. 20th Street, New York, N.Y. 10011. GMHC publishes Treatment Issues, a monthly newsletter on experimental drugs, which comes out ten times a year; no cost, but a donation is requested. National AIDS Hotline, 1-800-342-AIDS (tape) or 1-800-342-7514 (operator). This is a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week hotline, contracted through the Centers for Disease Control. Ask them questions about types of services, about general information, and about what services are available in your local area. For Spanish-speaking callers, the number is 1-800-342-SIDA (8 a.m. to 2 a.m., Eastern Time). National AIDS Information Clearinghouse, 1-800-458-5231. This is a sort of library for information on HIV infection; it sends publications, videos, and lists of services and community organizations for all areas. National Commission on AIDS, 202-254-5125. It provides information on federal laws about funding for and research on HIV infection; located in Washington, D.C. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Room 7A32, Bethesda, Md. 20892. The Institute publishes NIAID AIDS Agenda, a monthly newsletter about federally funded research projects. Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers Associations, Communications Division, 1100 15th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C, 202-835-3400. It publishes Update: AIDS Products in Development, a quarterly chart of drugs, diagnostic tests, and vaccines. PWA Coalition, 31W. 26th Street, New York, N.Y. 10010, 212-532-0290. PWA stands for People With AIDS, though the organization welcomes everyone with HIV infection. It publishes the PWA Coalition Newsline, a monthly newsletter on alternative and experimental drugs, community-based research programs, and outreach activities; free to people with HIV infection, donation requested of all others. San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Box 6182, San Francisco, Calif. 94101, 415-863-AIDS. It publishes BETA, Bulletin of Experimental Treatments for AIDS, a newsletter about experimental treatments of HIV infection, updated periodically; no subscription price, but a donation is requested. University of California at San Francisco, AIDS Health Project, Box 0884, San Francisco, Calif. 94143, 415-476-6430. It publishes Focus, a newsletter with practical information about AIDS research.*250\191\2*
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