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Research Guide to AIDS/HIV Health Statistics

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Sources of Information
2.1. Books
2.2. Journals
2.3. Internet
2.4 Other data sources

1. Introduction

The purpose of this guide is to assist faculty, students, and staff of the University of Chicago find HIV/AIDS related health statistics. This guide is not meant to be exhaustive but to highlight key resources for locating information on this topic.

2. Sources of Information

2.1 Book Resources

For electronic access to books, try searching the MD Consult database. You can search within an individual textbook, or run a search across >35 textbooks simultaneously for your topic.

Use the Library catalog to locate relevant print and electronic books in the University Library.

Try to identify general texts on your topic and you should be able to find the data you need. Excellent data is buried within textbooks; just because a textbook has not been labeled in the catalog as a statistical resource does not mean that important numerical data is not included within the work. You will need to browse textbook and textbook chapters for tables and graphs on your topic in order to retrieve desired information.

Subject headings in the catalog often do not include terms like statistics unless the book only reports summary data, like in a survey. Instead, browse or search the catalog using broad and narrow subject terms related to HIV/AIDS. Catalog tip: use the "*" wildcard to search for variations of your root term. For example child* to search for child or children or children's. You can then combine these subject terms with the type of data you are interested in. For example stat* and HIV.

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
AIDS (Disease)

Author Date Collection Call#
World population monitoring, 1998 : health and mortality : selected aspects United Nations 2000 Regenstein Library Bookstacks HB881.A1U55 no.174
Virus : the co-discoverer of HIV tracks its rampage and charts the future Montagnier, Luc 2000 Crerar Library Bookstacks QR201.A37 M66
AIDS and development in Africa : a social science perspective Hope, Kempe R. 1999 Crerar Library Bookstacks RA644.A25 A3435
HIV/AIDS in sport : impact, issues, and challenges Sankaran, Gopal, 1954- 1999. Crerar Library Bookstacks RA644.A25 H575523
AIDS sourcebook Bellenir, Karen. 1999 Crerar Library Reference, floor 1 RC607.A26 A3573
Textbook of AIDS medicine. Merigan, Thomas C., 1934- 1999 Crerar Library Bookstacks RC607.A26 T48
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome : biological, medical, social, and legal issues Stine, Gerald James 1998 Crerar Library Bookstacks RC607.A26 S75
Health dimensions of sex and reproduction : the global burden of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, maternal conditions, perinatal disorders, and congenital anomalies Murray, Christopher J. L. 1998 Crerar Library Reference, floor 1 RG106.3.H4 1998
AIDS : etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention DeVita, Vincent T 1997 Crerar Library Bookstacks RC607.A26A346
1994 update : HIV/AIDS and STDs in correctional facilities Hammett, Theodore M. 1996 Crerar Library Bookstacks HV8843.H3532
An epidemiologic profile of HIV/AIDS in Chicago. Mueller, Gene, DVM, MPH. 1995 Crerar Library Bookstacks RA644.A25M845
Physicians, nurses, and AIDS : findings from a national study Colombotos, John. 1995 Crerar Library Bookstacks RA644.A25P597
Sexual behaviour and AIDS in the developing world Cleland, J. G. (John G.) 1995 Crerar Library Bookstacks RA644.A25S3950

2.2 Journals

There are two versions of the the Medline database available.
Medline on OVID
and PubMed.

Access: PubMed [Using AIDS Subsets Limit]

MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's premier database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and abstracts from more than 4,000 biomedical journals. The file contains over 11 million citations dating back to 1966.

The Print version of this database is known as Index Medicus. Print volumes from 1879-present are available in the Crerar Library Reference Collection at Z6660.I4.

Documentation on how to search Medline on OVID

Documentation on how to search PubMed

2.3 Internet Resources

Sites were selected based upon the authority and/or reputation of the issuing body in addition to the quality and organization of the website. Federal organizations, medical associations, and private organizations are included.

Statistics available
"A project of the South African Medical Research Council (MRC). Carefully selected editorial and information links are published on the portal in an ongoing effort to educate and update each of these audiences and assist them in the fight against HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. "
  • SiteMap
    There is quite a bit of useful information on this site, but it can be difficult to find - The site is quite "busy."
CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN)
The U.S. national reference, referral and distribution service for information on HIV/AIDS, STDs, and TB.
Center for International Earth Sciences Information Network (CIESIN)
CIESIN was established in 1989 as a non-profit, non-governmental organization. CIESIN is the World Data Center A (WDC-A) for Human Interactions in the Environment.
  • The AIDS Data Animation Project summarizes weekly age-, sex-, and race-adjusted data on mortality due to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) for each U.S. county for the years 1981 to 1992.
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
A division of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP) of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
International Labour Organization (ILO) - HIV/AIDS
The ILO is the UN agency with special responsibility for the world of work and has a key role to play in preventing the spread of the AIDS epidemic and mitigating its impact in the world of work.
  • Facts and Figures on HIV/AIDS and the world of Work. Information available in English, Spanish, and French.
National Center for Health Statistics
Responsible for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of statistics on the nature and extent of the health, illness, and disability of the U.S. population
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Division of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (DAIDS)
The Division’s mission is to increase basic knowledge of the pathogenesis, natural history, and transmission of HIV disease and to support research that promotes progress in its detection, treatment, and prevention
National Library of Medicine - The Reports of the Surgeon General
contains official reports, conference and workshop reports, and proceedings from the Office of the Surgeon General. Users can search the documents either by a search engine, or browse the lists by format, alphabetically by title or chronologically.
Pan American Health Organization - Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization.
PAHO is an international public health agency working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It serves as the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System. It also enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system.
World Health Organization
The objective of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
UNAIDS: United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS
UNAIDS leads, strengthens and supports an expanded response aimed at preventing the transmission of HIV. Co-sponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNESCO, WHO, and the WORLD BANK
The United Nations Development Programme HIV and Development Programme
The work of the UNDP HIV and Development programme is coordinated within the UN system by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
U.S. Census Bureau
preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States

2.4 Other data sources

Statistical Universe

Major tool for statistical research. Covers data from U.S. federal and state governments; university research centers, private associations and organizations, and independent research groups; and international and intergovernmental organizations. Records include abstracts, with full text of selected U.S. federal and state publications available from as early as 1995.

Statistical Universe is the online equivalent of the following resources available in print. You will need to consult the print version in order to conduct historical research.

American statistics index (ASI)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein Z1223.Z7A51 (1973-)
Index to international statistics (IIS)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein (1983-)
Statistical Abstract of the United States
At multiple locations. Please check holdings. HA202.A2 (1878-)
Statistical reference index (SRI)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein Z7554.U5S71(1980-)


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