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Caring For Someone With AIDS

Places to Call for Help

Call the CDC National AIDS Hotline for answers to questions about HIV infection or AIDS, materials on sex and AIDS, or referrals to local organizations in your community. One of the referrals you should ask for is the telephone number of your local Red Cross chapter. The telephone number of the Hotline is 1-800-342-AIDS (1-800-342-2437). If you want to speak in Spanish, call 1-800- 344-7432. If you have hearing problems and have a TTY machine, call 1-800-243-7889.

The CDC National AIDS Clearinghouse can provide materials about HIV and AIDS. The Clearinghouse can also check computer records for organizations in your area dealing with AIDS or materials about HIV or AIDS from health departments, the American Red Cross, or other community-based organizations. The telephone number is 1-800-458-5231. The international number is 00-301-217-0023. The fax number is 1-301-738- 6616.

The National HIV/AIDS Treatment Service can answer questions about treatments for AIDS and diseases linked to AIDS. The telephone number in the United States and Canada is 1-800- 448-0440. The international number is 00-301-217-0023. To send a fax, dial 1-301-738-666. If you have a hearing problem and have a TTY machine, call 1-800-243-7012.

The AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service can provide information about current trials of new drug for AIDS or diseases linked to AIDS. The telephone number is 1-800-TRIALS-A (1- 800-874-2572).

The National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA) is an association of people who have HIV infection or AIDS. To contact them, call 1-202-898-0414.

Your local phone book should have listings for the local American Red Cross chapter, nursing homes, hospice organizations, the state and local health departments, local HIV or AIDS service organizations, and local medical organizations or referral agencies.

Your local American Red Cross chapter may have special programs on HIV infection and AIDS for African-Americans, Hispanics, and managers and workers on the job. Some Red Cross chapters may offer other training or help with transportation. Both the CDC National AIDS Clearinghouse and the American Red Cross can provide brochures and other materials about HIV and AIDS intended for women, young people, parents, teachers, and those at high risk for or infected with HIV.

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