Misinformation Can Be Deadly
Volume 19 Number 5
A bibliography prepared by the staff of the National AIDS Clearinghouse.
The materials selected are intended for use in schools. All materials are nationally available and cover a wide range of formats, target and subject matter. All but three of the items are Canadian in origin--the three exceptions being videos from the United States that the compilers feel do not have Canadian counterparts.
All items are free of charge unless otherwise indicated. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are available from the National AIDS Clearinghouse, Canadian Public Health Association, 400-1565 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 8R1; (613) 725-3769, FAX (613) 725-9826.
* Aboriginal AIDS Resource Directory. Ottawa: Health and Welfare Canada, 1991. 11pp.
Canadian and U.S. programs and services for aboriginal peoples are listed. Contact names, addresses, and phone numbers are included. English and French.
* AIDS Resource Directory. Ottawa: Health and Welfare Canada, 1991. 46, 50pp.
Produced in June 1991, this directory lists resources developed by or funded through Health and Welfare Canada. The comprehensive listing is divided into topic headings and provides sources for obtaining the items. Bilingual.
* National AIDS Clearinghouse: Videos. Ottawa: Canadian Public Health Association, 1991. 25pp.
A video resource guide prepared by the Canadian Public Health Association's National AIDS Clearinghouse lists over 100 videos available on loan through the clearinghouse. The document is updated on a regular basis. Bilingual.
* The New Facts of Life/Les Faits... Ottawa: Canadian Public Health Association, 1987
This national AIDS newsletter is published by the Canadian Public Health Association and is circulated to over 10,000 individuals on a quarterly basis. The newsletter offers information on the latest AIDS education and prevention initiatives across Canada. A resource section is included in each issue. Bilingual.
* The AIDS Awareness Columns. Scarborough: James Greig, 1990. llOpp.
This booklet is a compilation of "AIDS Awareness" columns which appeared in community newspapers across Canada from 1988 to 1990. The columns answer commonly asked questions about AIDS/ HIV in a clear and concise fashion. The booklet represents a excellent overview of the entire AIDS situation. English.
* AIDS: Preparing Your School and Community. Ottawa: Canadian Association of Principals, 1989. 67pp.
This booklet is designed for school principals to assist in the preparation of school programs and policies related to AIDS/HIV infection. Checklists and questionnaires are offered. The layout is not attractive; however, the information is practical and accurate. English and French.
* Canadian Association of School Administrators. AIDS/HIV Education --Developing Policies and School-Community Partnerships. Vancouver: Shannon & McCall, . 80pp.
This booklet is intended to assist school district administrators to develop long-term policies to prevent the spread of HIV infection within a comprehensive approach to health education emphasizing the school's response as part of a school-family-community partnership. Planning guides, assessment tools, and sample policies are offered. The format of the booklet is not particularly inviting; however, the content is relevant and useful. English and French.
* Condom Vending Machines in Secondary Schools. Ottawa:Canadian public Health Association,1989. 16pp.
This is a the report of a survey done in 1989 which summarizes how and why certain school boards implemented the decision to install condom vending machines in schools. English.
* Greig, James. AIDS: What Every Responsible Canadian Should Know. Scarborough, Ontario: Summerhill Press, ©1987 . 135pp, $3.95. Bulk discounts available. Reviewed vol. XVI/2 March 1988, p. 50.
Although somewhat dated in terms of the latest statistics, this paperback provides information about transmission, prevention and education, and offers answers to many commonly asked questions about AIDS and HIV infection. It is appropriate for general audience reading. English and French.
* Information about AIDS Education and Prevention in Ethnocultural Communities. Ottawa: Health and Welfare Canada,1991. 7pp.
Health and Welfare Canada prepared this brief document, which provides background information to assist with development of AIDS prevention programs that respond to the needs of ethnocultural communities in Canada. English and French.
* Learning about AIDS. Ottawa: Canadian Public Health Association, 1990. Student booklet (12pp.) and teacher's guide (26pp.). Reviewed vol. XVIII/4 July 1990, p. 176.
This is the first nationally developed curriculum. The package is attractive, colourful, and appropriate for the grade 5/6 level. The resource has been evaluated with extremely positive results. English and French.
Lauriston, Toni. Creating a Cultural Dialogue: AIDS in the Multicultural Community. Toronto: St. Stephen's Community House,1990. 34pp, $20.00 prepaid (includes GST). Available from St. Stephen's Community House, AIDS Education Program (A.I.D.E.S.), 91 Bellevue Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2N8; (416) 323-1498.
Intended for those wishing to conduct AIDS education that effectively meets the needs of newly arrived immigrants who are not fluent in English or familiar with Canadian culture. Basic AIDS information is not offered in this guide. What is offered is an explanation of the role of the educator as an intercultural communicator, an overview of an education session, and an example discussion guide. English.
Merrifield, Margaret. Come Sit by Me. Illustrated by Heather Collins. Toronto: Women's Press, ©1990. 29pp. Reviewed vol. XVIII/6 November 1990, p. 269.
The colourful illustrations by Heather Collins and thoughtful writing of Dr. Margaret Merrifield combine to make a delightful educational storybook for children ages four to eight and their caregivers. Come Sit by Me tells the story of Nicholas and how his classmates and their parents react when they learn he has AIDS. A section at the end of the book provides information for students, parents, teachers and caregivers. English.
* A Resource Manual for AIDS Educators. Ottawa: Canadian Public Health Association, 1991. 168pp.
A new resource manual offers practical assistance to the AIDS educator dealing with values clarification and behaviour modification. Fifteen learning activities on topics ranging from "Personalizing HIV and AIDS" to "Safer Sex" provide all the information required to set up and manage successful educational sessions. Also included is a comprehensive overview of AIDS in Canada with updated information on surveys and resources in the field. The manual will be most useful for secondary school teachers for use in the classroom. Elementary school teachers will find it helpful for its background information and resource sections. English and French.
* AIDS: The New Facts of Life. Ottawa: Canadian Public Health Association, 1989. VHS, 26 min., $49.95. Includes teacher's guide. Bulk discounts available.
An educational video produced by CPHA AIDS Education and Awareness Program for high school students. Knowing the facts is not enough for this age group. They need help in learning how to deal with situations in which they are unsure and subject to peer pressure. A teacher's manual includes lesson plans, case studies and overheads/handouts. Can be used in a single class or spread over four class periods. English and French.
* Beginnings: You Won't Get AIDS. Van Nuys, Calif.: Aims Media, ©1989. VHS, 15 min., $99.00. Available from Canadian Learning Co. Inc., ?794 Kingston Road, Suite 203, Scarborough, Ontario M1N lT8; (416) 265-3333, FAX (416) 265-3334.
This video is aimed at a young audience of eight to fourteen-year-olds. Combining animation, live action and song, the film answers young people's questions about transmission, allays their fears, fosters an awareness that they are in control of their health, and stresses the importance of treating people with AIDS with understanding. Although produced in the United States, the video has Canadian applicability. English.
Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP). The Colour of Immunity. Toronto: Trinity Square Video, ©1990. VHS, 30 min., $100.00. Available from Michael Balser, V Tape, 183 Bathurst St., Toronto, Ontario M5T 2R7; (416) 863-9897, FAX (416) 360-0781.
This video deals with AIDS prevention and education of a black youth audience. Safer sex, transmission routes and condom usage are covered in a culturally sensitive manner. There is also a focus on women's issues, specifically about negotiating safer sex practices and condom use. English.
Decisions, Decisions. Ontario: Ministry of Health, 1988. VHS, 20 min. Includes teacher's guide and student handbook. Available from Health Information Centre, Ontario Ministry of Health, 9th Floor, Hepburn Block, Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1S2; (416) 327-4327, 1800-268-1153. (Sample copies of poster available to customers outside Ontario).
The Ontario Ministry of Health produced this video as a tool for teachers of grades 7/8 when discussing HIV/AIDS. It follows six young people who are making decisions about sexuality and injection drugs. The implication of gaps in their information about these issues is also raised. English and French.
Don't Play Share AIDS. North York: Department of Public Health, ©1990. VHS, 4 min., $7.50 for 1 copy; $13.50 for 2 copies. Available from Iris Page, Manager, AIDS/STD Program, The Talk Shop, City of North York Public Health Department, 5150 Yonge St., Unit C-39, Lower Floor Level, North York City Centre, North York, Ontario M2N 6L8; (416) 2246344, Fax (416) 224-1061.
This video is based on a rap song about AIDS and needle sharing. The song is performed by Maestro Fresh-Wes and D-Shan. English.
Don't Point Your Life in the Wrong Direction. Toronto: North York Public Health Department, ©1989. VHS, 6 min., $7.50 for one copy; $13.50 for two copies. Available from Iris Page, Manager, AIDS/STD Program, The Talk Shop, City of North York Public Health Department, 5150 Yonge St., Unit C-39, Lower Floor Level, North York City Centre, North York, Ontario M2N 6L8; (416) 224-6344, Fax (416) 2241061.
This video conveys basic AIDS information through a rap song and dance routine presented by a group of young people. It will appeal to youth and young adults. English.
Federal Centre for AIDS (Canada). AIDS & Youth: A Document for Parents. Vancouver: Yaletown Productions Inc., ©1989. VHS, 24 min., $35.00 (includes shipping). Includes parents' book. Available from LM Media Marketing, 115 Torbay Road, Unit #9, Markham, Ontario L3R 2M9; (416) 475-3750, 1800-268-2380, Fax (416) 475-3756.
In this video, leading authorities address parents on AIDS, sexuality and parent-child communication. They offer suggestions to parents on how to open lines of communication with their children. English and French.
Federal Centre for AIDS (Canada). Talkin' about AIDS. Ottawa: Health and Welfare Canada, 1990. VHS, 27 min., $35.00 (includes shipping). Includes teacher's guide and student guide. Available from LM Media Marketing, 115 Torbay Road, Unit #9, Markham, Ontario L3R 2M9; (416) 475-3750, 1-800-268-2380, FAX (416) 475-3756.
This video documentary is geared to a youth audience. It includes commentaries from youth and people living with AIDS about HIV/ AIDS, role-playing scenes which demonstrate assertiveness skill training, and animation, which is used to convey the facts and dispel the myths about AIDS. The written guides concentrate on attitudes and behaviours related to HIV/AIDS rather than medical facts. For this reason, the teacher may wish to ensure that basic AIDS information is conveyed to students before offering this program. Eight lessons are offered, four dealing with more sensitive issues. English and French.
* "I Have AIDS": A Teenager's Story. United States: Department of Education, ©1988, ©1989. VHS, 28 min., $12.00 (U.S.). Available from National AIDS Information Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 6003, Rockville, MD 20850; (301) 251-5043, 1-800-458-5231.
This documentary tells the story of the late Ryan White, the eighteen-year-old Indiana teenager who became HIV positive in 1984 as a result of blood transfusions. The video covers his personal struggle to be accepted by his community. It also includes explanations of HIV/AIDS, the modes of transmission, and the impact of the community on people living with AIDS. Interviews with Ryan's schoolmates give first-hand accounts of how to support the person living with HIV/ AIDS. Younger students can also learn from this video, as evidenced by the question/answer period conducted by Ryan with fifth grade students in New York City. English.
Life after Diagnosis. Halifax: Aquarian Films, 1990. VHS, 30 min., $49.95. Available from Atlantic Independent Media, P.O. Box 1647, Station M, Halifax, N.S. B3J 2Z1; (902) 422-5929, FAX(902) 4231160 or from Canadian Filmmakers Distribution West, 1131 Howe St., Suite 100, Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2L7; (604) 684-3014, FAX (604) 6847165.
A video featuring people living with AIDS speaking openly about maintaining relationships, dealing with family, friends and lovers, grieving and taking control of their lives. English.
LIVE! Vancouver: Shane Lunny Productions, 1989. VHS, 24 min., $35.00 (includes shipping). Available from LM Media Marketing, 115 Torbay Road, Unit #9, Markham, Ontario L3R 2M9; (416) 475-3750, 1800-268-2380, FAX (416) 475-3756.
This video uses music and drama to personalize the risk of HIV infection. It also teaches young people about the importance of healthy attitudes and behaviours. English and French.
* Thumbs up for Kids: AIDS Education. Van Nuys, Calif.: AIDS Media, ©1990. VHS, 23 min., $99.00. Available from Canadian Learning Co. Inc., 2229 Kingston Rd., Suite 203, Scarborough, Ontario M1N lT8; (416) 265-3333, FAX (416) 265-3334.
This video is for children ages three to eight. The host of this video, Ruby Peterson, engages children in song, discussion and games about germs and HIV/AIDS. This is an interactive video produced as a teaching tool. English.
Too Close...for Comfort. Vancouver: Wild Ginger Productions, 1990. VHS, 30 min., $375.00. Available from Atlantic Independent Media, P.O. Box 1647, Station M, Halifax, N.S. B3J 2Z1; (902) 422-5929, FAX (902) 423-1160 or from Canadian Filmmakers Distribution West, 1131 Howe St., Suite 100, Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2L7; (604) 684-3014, FAX (604) 684-7165 C.N. Reviewed this issue.
A dramatic production of how several secondary school students react to the news that a friend may be gay and has lost his part-time job because he is HIV+. They are challenged by their fear of AIDS, homophobia and discrimination. English.
AIDS Education Program. Guelph Ontario: Microcraft, 1990. Call for pricing information. Available from Cybercraft, 78 Day Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M6E 3V9.
This interactive software program designed for the DOS operating system takes the user through four units of instruction about AIDS, giving basic information and stressing personal responsibility for avoiding infection. The user may choose any of the four units and receive general information and statistics on the spread of the virus followed by specific material on risk behaviours, preventability, projected statistics of seropositivity, etc. May be used by a wide range of age groups. English.
* AIDS and Hemophilia--Questions and Answers for School Personnel. [pamphlet]. Montréal: Canadian Hemophilia Society, 1987.
This is a very useful brochure for anyone wondering about hemophilia as it may relate to the school setting. English and French.
* AIDS in the '90s: The New Facts of Life. [brochure]. Ottawa: Canadian Public Health Association, 1991.
This is an attractive, concise general information brochure for a variety of audiences and age groups. It offers basic information about HIV/AIDS transmission, prevention and education. Up-to-date statistics are also provided. Over 5 million copies of this publication have been circulated for use across Canada. English and French.
* AIDS Information for the Workplace. AIDS is Everyone's Concern. AIDS and the HIV Antibody Test. AIDS and HIV Infection--A Guide for Canadian Travellers. Women and AIDS-- Choices for Women in the Age of AIDS. [pamphlets]. Ottawa: Health and Welfare Canada, 1989, 1990.
These bilingual brochures produced by Health and Welfare Canada offer up-to-date information in a clear, concise and attractive format.
Choices and Changes. [pamphlet]. Kingston, Ont.: Kingston AIDS Project, . Available from Kingston AIDS Project, P.O. Box 120, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4V6; (613) 545-3698.
This cartoon-format flyer is written for teenagers using frank, explicit language. It illustrates and explains how to clean needles and how to use a condom. English.
Deciding about Sex. It's Okay to Say No. [pamphlet]. Toronto: Department of Public Health, 1989. Available from City of Toronto, Department of Public Health, City Hall, 7th Floor, East Tower, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2; (416) 392-7407, Fax (416) 392-0713. (1 sample copy and reprinting rights, will supply a stat (black-and-white copy).
This six-panel brochure designed for Toronto's Department of Public Health is a practical guide for the teenager and young adult who is wondering how to abstain from having sex. A mixture of support and on-the-spot suggestions for refusing sex, this pamphlet explains the importance of making decisions about sexual activity and ways to keep from simply drifting into it. English.
* Facts about... [fact sheets]. Ottawa: Health and Welfare Canada, 1989.
Useful documents which summarize information related to particular target groups including aboriginal people, adults, parents and families, women and children, adolescents and street youth. A detailed reference section is offered with each. English and French.
STD: Sexually Transmitted Diseases. [pamphlet]. Canada: Health and Welfare, 1991. 36pp. Available from Publications Distribution Centre, Health Services and Promotion Branch, Health and Welfare Canada, Jeanne Mance Building, 19th Floor, Tunney's Pasture, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1B4; (613) 952-9191, FAX (613) 952-7266.
This 4 x 6.5-inch brochure has been designed by Health and Welfare Canada with the co-operation of the Health Education Authority of London, England. In a straightforward and informative style, details of various STDs, their modes of transmission and means for protection are discussed. It is geared to a general audience and has particular relevance for youth and young adults. English and French.
Talking Sense to Teens, about Sex. [pamphlet]. Toronto: Ontario Women's Directorate [1990?].
This ten-panel brochure is for parents who are planning to discuss sex and sexuality with their children. It briefly covers issues important for parents before engaging in talk with their children, such as readiness to listen, dispelling notions of blissful ignorance for their children, and preparing parents for what their teenagers may be thinking about sex. There are suggestions for obtaining further information. English.
Talking Sex. [pamphlets] 1-3. Toronto: Ontario Women's Directorate [1990?]. Available from Ontario Women's Directorate, Attn.: Publications, 480 University Ave., 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1V2; (416) 5974500.
This series of colourful brochures produced by the Ontario Women's Directorate talks to youth about the many changes and challenges they are facing with regard to sexuality and making decisions about sex. They touch on human sexuality and affection, saying no, peer pressure, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS and sexual assault. Suggestions for obtaining further information are also included. English.
Teens and AIDS. [brochure]. Saskatoon: AIDS Saskatoon, . Call for pricing information. Available from AIDS Saskatoon, P.O. Box 4062, Saskatoon, Sask. S7K 4E3; (306) 2425005.
This three-panel brochure is for fifteen-to nineteen-year-olds, their parents and teachers, and was designed by AIDS Saskatoon. Basic information about AIDS and protecting oneself is given in an easy-to-read format. English.
* We Need to Know about AIDS: A Guide for Parents on Talking with Their Children about AIDS. [pamphlet] Ottawa: Health and Welfare Canada, 1990.
This is a practical guide offering useful suggestions about how to talk about AIDS with children of various ages. English and French.
* AIDS can happen to you! Ottawa: Canadian Public Health Association and Health and Welfare Canada, 1991.
This 16 x 21-inch poster illustrates people of various ages and nationalities and stresses the idea that AIDS can happen to anyone. The subtext message is "protect yourself." The poster is available in fifteen different languages and is suitable to be used in a wide variety of settings. English and French plus thirteen other languages.
Can you get AIDS from a toilet seat?/ Can you get AIDS from sharing food?/Can you get AIDS from a drinking fountain?/Can you get AIDS from kissing? [posters]. Toronto: Ontario Ministry of Health, 1988. Available from Health Information Centre, Ontario Ministry of Health, 9th Floor, Hepburn Block, Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1S2; (416) 327-4327, 1-400-268-1153. Bulk copies to Ontario residents, sample copies only to outside Ontario.
This set of four posters has been produced by the Ontario Ministry of Health and dramatically reaches out to the youth audience by asking common questions about HIV/AIDS transmission. The text continues to answer each question and concludes with AIDS hotline numbers in Ontario should the viewer have more questions or need to talk. Bilingual.
Don't get hot if you ain't got. Condoms prevent AIDS and STDs. [poster]. Toronto: Department of Public Health, 1990. Available from City of Toronto, Department of Public Health, City Hall, 7th Floor, East Tower, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2; (416) 3927407, Fax (416) 392-0713.
This 16.5 x 21-inch poster is directed to sexually active youth and young adults and warns that sex without condoms can mean acquiring the HIV virus or other sexually transmitted diseases. English.
* Dress code for the '90s. Ottawa: Canadian Public Health Association, 1989.
This is a poster directed to a heterosexual teenage audience. It features a photograph of a young couple and an AIDS prevention message is written along the side of the poster along with a picture of a condom. English and French.
If Mr. Right refuses to wear a condom, he's wrong. Ottawa: Health and Welfare Canada, 1990.
Produced by Health and Welfare Canada, this poster was released for World AIDS Day 1990. Directed to women, it warns that you may not know if your partner is infected. Unfortunately, it does not suggest what action can be taken to prevent infection. English and French.
If you find a needle, do not touch it! Tell an adult or teacher. Toronto: Department of Public Health, 198?. Available from City of Toronto, Department of Public Health, City Hall, 7th Floor, East Tower, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2; (416) 392-7407, FAX (416) 392-0713.
This 11 x 17-inch poster has a clear message directed towards children and youth to refrain from picking up discarded needles. English.
The Pill is not enough. Toronto: Department of Public Health, 1990. Available from AIDS Prevention Program, Attn.: Nancy Postiglione, City of Toronto Department of Public Health, 277 Victoria St., 4th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W2; (416) 392-0064, FAX (416) 392-0667.
This poster designed by the City of Toronto's Department of Public Health is part of the Bring Your Own Condom campaign directed to sexually active youth and young adults. The pill may protect against unwanted pregnancy, but there are other concerns. The young woman depicted is encouraged to use condoms with her boyfriend to protect herself from AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases explaining that even he may not know whether he is infected with HIV. English.
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