AIDS Awareness

India, the world’s second-most populous country, is experiencing a highly varied HIV epidemic, which appears to be stable or diminishing in some parts of the country while growing at a modest rate in others. Approximately 5.7 million people, of which 5.2 million were adults aged 15 to 49 years, were living with HIV in 2005. About two-thirds of reported HIV infections have been in six of the country’s 28 states — mainly in the industrialized south and west and in the northeastern tip. Women account for a growing proportion of people living with HIV in India (38 percent in 2005), especially in rural areas. (Source: UNAIDS/December 2006)

Online Resources

We are happy to share resources where you can learn more about HIV/AIDS and how it affects the South Asian Community. You can also view glossaries of related terms.

HIV/AIDS Resources


AIDSinfo is offered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and provides information regarding HIV/AIDS clinical research and treatment. They include information about medical guidelines for current treatment of HIV/AIDS and related illnesses.

AIDS Education Global Information System (AEGiS)

AEGiS is the largest free-access AIDS library on earth. They are a leading database for current and historical HIV/AIDS information including news, conferences, and laws. They address issues of prevention, exposure, and living with HIV/AIDS.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The CDC provides leadership in helping control the HIV/AIDS epidemic by working with community, state, national, and international partners in surveillance, research, and prevention and evaluation activities.

Family Health International (FHI)

Family Health International is an organization comprised of volunteers which works to improve reproductive health around the world, focusing on developing countries. FHI works in more than 60 countries.

HIV in Site

HIV in Site provides comprehensive, up-to-date information about HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and policy from the University of California San Francisco.

International AIDS Society (IAS)

The International AIDS Society is the worldís leading independent association of HIV/AIDS professionals. They provide conferences presenting the newest research, promote networking, and mobilize support services for the HIV/AIDS community.

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)

The International Aids Vaccine Initiative is a global mission working to accelerate the development of a vaccine to prevent HIV & AIDS. IAVI has offices in Africa, India, and Europe and is working toward assuring access for all who need it. They focus on: research and development, partnering with developing countries, and public policy and advocacy. IAVI provides an explanation of the HIV/AIDS vaccine including the progress made toward the vaccine.

International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC)

The International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care is a resource with clinical and scientific information designed for physicians, healthcare workers, and people with HIV/AIDS. IAPACís goal is to improve the quality of healthcare available to people with HIV/AIDS.

ONE Campaign

The ONE Campaign is supported by rock stars, ministers, NASCAR moms, and people from all walks of life. The goal is to allocate one percent of the US budget toward basic needs such as water, food, health, and education in order to end AIDS and poverty in Africa and the poorest nations.

Francois-Xavier Bagnold Association (FXB)

FXB is dedicated to fighting AIDS and supporting the worldís orphans. FXB provides the AIDS Orphans Assistance Database (AOAD) to facilitate cooperation among organizations and individuals assisting children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS and their caregivers.

UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS

UNAIDS tackles the global problems and issues of HIV/AIDS through education and cooperation. They provide comprehensive data on HIV/AIDS, statistics by country, global trends, and epidemiology.

Women Alive

Women Alive is a national, treatment-focused, organization by and for women living with HIV/AIDS. It provides a forum for women with HIV/AIDS to connect and communicate.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization is a specialized agency for health in the United Nations. Their goal is for all people to achieve the highest level of health possible.

Worldwide Orphans Foundation

The Worldwide Orphans Foundation seeks to enrich the lives and enhance the physical, emotional, social and intellectual well being of children living in orphanages throughout the world. They provide training for healthcare professionals as well as treatment for children in orphanages in Vietnam, Ethiopia, Bulgaria and Serbia. They also sponsor medical and university students to work in orphanages in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.

South Asian Resources


AIDS-India eFORUM is a virtual organization responding to HIV and AIDS crisis in India. The FORUM facilitates networking, communication and collaboration among those who are involved or interested in HIV and AIDS related issues in India.

Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP)

The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention is an support organization based in Toronto for South Asians infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.


Avert focuses on education about HIV infection, information for HIV positive people, as well as U.K. statistics and news. They provide a history of AIDs in India as well as statistics per state. They also provide testing, treatment, and prevention information.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funds research and prevention programs in with the goal of addressing global development and health in developing countries.

Heroes Project

The Heroes Project is headed by Richard Gere and Parmeshwar Godrej in order to work with media, organizations, and societal leaders in India. It seeks to spread the word about HIV/AIDS to the general public and advocating to change policies.

Positive Womenís Network (PWN+)

The Positive Womenís Network community-based organization that serves to connect women and their families to health care, social services, disease prevention programs, and resources.

Stop HIV/AIDS in India Initiative (SHAII)

SHAII is a volunteer run organization committed to 3 main goals: 1) global access to generic medicine, 2) children's well -being, and 3) universal health care.

World Health Organization India (WHO)

The World Health Organization is a specialized agency for health in the United Nations. Their goal is for all people to achieve the highest level of health possible. The branch in India focuses on problems such as HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, social change, and community health.



AIDSinfo provides a comprehensive glossary by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The glossary is available in English and Spanish.

AIDS Education Global Information System

The AIDS Education Global Information System has a glossary with more than 3500 terms. The glossary does not offer a search function, but words are listed in alphabetical order by first letter of the alphabet.

Gay Menís Health Crisis

The Gay Menís Health Crisis offers a glossary which includes a comprehensive antiretroviral drug chart listed by generic name. Words which are capitalized in the definition are also found in the glossary.

International Aids Vaccine Initiative

The International Aids Vaccine Initiative offers a glossary from the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The glossary notes all relevant terms for the HIV/AIDS vaccine.