December 1 is World AIDS Day and brings to light the seriousness of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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Exploring Aids in South Africa

by World Affairs Council Seattle

This lesson enables students to understand the scope of the AIDS pandemic in South Africa through a provocative PowerPoint presentation. Students may develop their own PowerPoint presentations, identifying major societal, cultural, political, and economic factors contributing to the spread of AIDS.
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Students pass a contagion, Serratia marcescens (non-pathogenic, opportunistic bacteria that forms bright red bacterial colonies), through a series of recorded handshakes. The gloves used in the handshakes are swabbed after the first 2 handshakes and after the fourth. ANy errors in procedure can be discussed with reference to problems in reposting in actual epidemiological studies. I first created this lab while teaching a non-science major course in Microbiology at San Diego State University in 1972. This is an excellent laboratory for developing critical thinking skills.
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HIV Detection Activity

by Alison Loomis

Learn about the ELISA, a fundamental tool of clinical immunology, which is used as an initial screen for HIV detection. Based on the principle of antibody-antibody interaction, this test allows for easy visualization of results and can be completed without the additional concern of radioactive materials use. Contents: Background Method (animations) False Positives Data and Interpretation Problem Set ELISA Resources on the Web This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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Viruses

by Sal Khan

This video is an introduction to what viruses are.
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Resources, Lessons, Presentations and Videos to describe the basics of HIV/Aids in the context of immunology and health. Also, a powerpoint that describes the HIV/Aids situation in South Africa.
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Chapter 45: The Immune System contains external links to: Immunology Tutorials and Problem Sets HIV Detection Activity Toxicology Tutorial and Problem Set This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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