The Center for HIV Information at the University of California, San Francisco, is releasing a free CD-ROM containing more than 40 selected chapters from the HIV InSite Knowledge Base, an online collection of comprehensive, in-depth HIV information that is widely respected as one of the most authoritative sources of HIV information in the world.
"We have chosen the chapters that are most broadly applicable to HIV care in a variety of settings around the world, including those with limited resources," says Paul Volberding, MD, chair of HIV InSite's editorial advisory board, chief of medicine at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, and professor and vice-chair of medicine at UCSF.
"This represents the first free textbook on HIV/AIDS that is available in the developing world," adds Mark Vogel, MA, HIV InSite project manager and associate editor of the CD-ROM. "It will be useful for clinicians, policy makers, AIDS service organizations, and patient advocacy groups worldwide."
The disk makes its debut on August 13 at the 2006 meeting of the International AIDS Society in Toronto, where it will be available at the CHI booth. Copies will also be available through agencies that do in-country AIDS/HIV training and by individual request.
The disk is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems. Its contents cover a wide range of topics about HIV, including natural science, diagnosis and clinical management, transmission and prevention, clinical manifestations, and associated malignancies.
"This CD-ROM will be a powerful tool for physicians and other clinicians, particularly in the developing world where internet service is slow, unreliable, or unavailable," says Volberding.
"Anyone with access to any computer that has a CD-ROM drive will have a self-contained, comprehensive knowledge base at their fingertips," adds Vogel. "No internet connection is necessary."