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Author(s): Gregory L. Vogt, EdD, and Nancy P. Moreno, PhD.

The Science of HIV/AIDS

The Science of HIV/AIDS: The Virus, the Epidemic and the World is a supplementary curriculum unit on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that leads to AIDS, or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, has spread across the globe. More than 30 million people have died of AIDS-related diseases, and a similar number of individuals are living with the infection. Nearly 6,000 new people are infected with HIV every day. 

Content Advisory

This curriculum unit consists of essays and activities. The essays tell a small part of the HIV/AIDS story. Some present stark facts that may be difficult to absorb. Depending upon students’ grade and maturity levels, the unit’s essays may be used as teacher background information or student reading assignments. They are especially effective when read aloud. 

See the following resources for additional information about HIV/AIDS and advice for discussing HIV/AIDS with students.

  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH), offers resources on understanding HIV/AIDS: 
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, offers facts about drug abuse and the link between it and HIV/AIDS: 
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS prevention: 

For complete instructions for conducting activities in this slide set, including materials needed, setup instructions and student sheets, download The Science of HIV/AIDS Teacher’s Guide, free-of-charge at 

Funded by the following grant(s)

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Grant Number: 5R25RR018605