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HIV Vaccine Curriculum
Created by the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research

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Secondary Level
Our HIV Vaccine Curriculum Unit focuses on engaging students in considering the elements of a vaccine trial. Students explore the life cycle and structure of HIV, different vaccine types, ethical issues related to research studies with human participants, and global contexts of vaccine trials.

The complete five-lesson HIV Vaccine Curriculum is now available free for download. In order for us to measure how our curriculum resources are being used, we request that you please complete the brief information form before being directed to the download page. We will not share your contact information with anyone.

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Development of the HIV curriculum was made possible by 'Collaborations to Advance Understanding of Science in Ethics', a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health, 1R25RR016284-01A2.

HIV Resource Material

NWABR HIV Slideshow/Animations
Designed to be used with our HIV Vaccine Curriculum, these new slideshow/animations made in
collaboration with the Genetic Science Learning Center show two different aspects of vaccines. Each opens in a new window.

Types of Vaccines
What are the different types of vaccines? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each type? Which types are being pursued for an HIV vaccine?

Why is Making an HIV Vaccine so Hard?
This interactive animation explores the scientific challenges faced by researchers in developing an HIV vaccine.

NEW! HIV Vaccine Research Powerpoint
by Dr. Dina Kovarik, NWABR Program Manager

Other Animations

Sumanas Inc HIV Animation
Used with Lesson 2 of our HIV Vaccine Curriculum

NOVA PBS Animation
Used with Lesson 2 of our HIV Vaccine Curriculum

HIV Drug Resistance and the Problem of Adherence
(AIDS Service at Johns Hopkins University, designed for HIV patients)

Videos and other Educational Resources

Koshland Science Museum Videos and Curriculum
Videos - Antiretrovirals and the HIV Pandemic, Controlling the HIV Pandemic
Controlling the HIV Pandemic activity - a good supplement to our Lesson 5.

A Closer Walk - 30 minute version
(Enter 'Closer Walk' into search box)

Annenberg Foundation
Quicktime Movies and Images
Streaming Video
(see 'view video online' icon at the bottom of the page)

Frontline The Age of AIDS
4 hours of free online video in 15 segments, many additional resources such as global maps

The AIDS Diary Project from NPR - Thembi's Story
A South African teenager shares about her life with HIV in a radio diary. Also available in podcast.

Rx for Survival

Rx for Survival Video Clips

Many short clips about HIV vaccines as well as global contexts. The Global Health Atlas allows students to explore connections between social and economic indicators and HIV. Teacher Lesson Plans are also provided.

HIV Vaccine Trial Resources

HIV Vaccine Trials Network

HIV Vaccine Trials Unit - Seattle

Be the Generation - that ends AIDS
includes HIV Vaccine Quiz

HIV Vaccine Powerpoint from the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (27 MB file)

Hard Copy Resources

IAVI Resources
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) Resources to order online

IAVI Report
The IAVI newsletter

Order free 'Understanding Vaccines' pamphlets online

Powerpoint Presentations:

Why Vaccines and Therapies for HIV are So Challenging:
New Strategies to Outwit the Virus

Presentation by Nancy Haigwood, PhD, for the 2007 Partners in Science Program (18MB-be patient!)

The following presentations were provided by speakers at the Annual Symposium of Nonhuman Primate Models for HIV/AIDS 2005 Outreach Session for Educators in Portland, Oregon.

Global Impact of HIV/AIDS
Deborah Lewinsohn, M.D. (OHSU) (1.5MB)

General Characteristics of Viruses
Michael Piatak, Jr., PhD (National Cancer Institute) (2 MB)

The Long and Winding Road to an AIDS Vaccine
R. Paul Johnson, M.D. (Harvard Medical)(1.5 MB)

Additional HIV/AIDS websites:

AIDSinfo is a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) project providing information on HIV/AIDS clinical trials and treatment.

Avert, an international HIV/AIDS charity, presents statistics and other useful information. Of particular interest is the collection of photos and images.


The division of HIV/AIDS prevention at the CDC presents basic science, statistics, answers to FAQs, and information on the global pandemic.

HIV information from UCSF, including 'Molecular Insights into HIV'

The NCBI Bookshelf is a growing collection of biomedical books that can be searched directly. For example, in the book Immunobiology many HIV-related figures and images are presented alongside detailed information on HIV biology.


HIV/AIDS information in more than 550 topic areas

National Prevention Information Network

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