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Two manuals on HIV and AIDS reporting

Telling the HIV Story: A practical manual on HIV prevention

The Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS), supported by the Global Fund, National AIDS Council, and Population Services International, has developed a manual to help media professionals enhance their knowledge and skills in reporting on HIV and AIDS-related issues. The guide is intended for print and broadcast journalists, media owners and practitioners, editors, non-governmental organizations, and students.

It is written in easy-to-read language that allows journalists to understand both the science and the social and cultural features of HIV and AIDS. All sections are introduced with training objectives, purpose, and methodology. Each section is supported by key questions to stimulate group debate, and notes to highlight important issues.

The manual includes the following six sections:
Section 1: Contextualizing HIV
Section 2: Stigma and Discrimination
Section 3: Provider-initiated HIV Counseling
Section 4: Antiretroviral Treatment
Section 5: HIV and TB Co-infection
Section 6: Towards a New Framework of Reporting on HIV

The manual on HIV prevention can be found at: http://www.safaids.net/files/TellingTheHIVStory_reporting_manual.pdf.

Updated manual on HIV and AIDS reporting

The Kaiser Family Foundation has updated its HIV and AIDS reporting manual. The manual covers a broad range of subjects, including the unique challenges of reporting on HIV and AIDS, treatment and prevention strategies and global efforts to finance the campaign against HIV and AIDS. It answers journalists’ questions such as: How can I pitch a story about HIV and AIDS to my editor? How can I find reliable information about HIV and AIDS on the internet? What are the common stereotypes that slip into HIV and AIDS reporting?

You can find the HIV and AIDS reporting manual online: http://www.kff.org/hivaids/upload/7124-05.pdf.

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