Thursday, April 21, 2005

Catching up on some links

Blogger is giving me fits today, but I will make a stab at getting another post out. [crossing fingers]

Here are some links that may be helpful in getting a broader perspective on HIV/AIDS issues:

Texas AIDS Health Fraud Information Network--This is a task force that Texas AIDS Network has participated in since 1982. Indeed, Texas AIDS Network helped found it. The task force provides information for consumers and providers regarding fraudulent treatments, devices, and information related to HIV/AIDS. The web site includes news, fact sheets, downloadable brochures, and tips on what to look for when considering alternative and complementary therapies. There's no agenda to discourage CAM, just some help for the cautious consumer, because there are some products that are harmful to people living with HIV and, of course, some outright fraud. There are, by the way, similar task forces in other states.

AIDS Combat Zone--Brad Biggers left a nice comment and then linked to Texas AIDS Blog. After visiting his site, I see that there is a nice round up of news stories there, many of which we don't cover here, e.g., international news, since our focus is pretty much limited to Texas and things that matter to Texans living with HIV (at least, we hope so!). Brad's done a lot of work on his site to gather useful reference links.

Respectful of Otters--This one is an old favorite. When someone gives their tagline as--"I'm a psychologist working in HIV research and treatment in the inner city. Don't talk to me about 'compassionate conservatism'"--I have to look twice. Ms. "Otter," who has just given birth to a new "Otter pup" named Alexandra (congratulations!), writes on an eclectic mix of health issues and Canadian and U.S. politics. There are occasional HIV-related stories on her site, but you do have to hunt for them. The title, by the way, comes from a student typo: "Psychologists have a duty to be fair and respectful of otters." Somehow I think we all share that duty. ;)

1 comment:

Brad said...

Thank you for the acknowledgement, Carolyn. HIV is definately a subject that must be dealt with and understood on all levels; personal, local, national, global, and in-between. Hope to see you around.