Highly Recommended

HIV.gov

HIV.gov hosts a variety of information regarding federal HIV policies, programs, and resources for the American public, including links to support, education, and funding opportunities. It also provides a thorough breakdown of all important HIV/AIDS topics, including information about the HIV virus, symptoms, complications, treatment, prevention, living with the disease, and emotional support. This website is recommended as the one-stop access to U.S. Government HIV/AIDS information.

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Review Date: 12/4/2019

Scoring

Ease of Use

HIV.gov gives users several different ways to search information right from the homepage. As a result, the layout feels cluttered, making it difficult to know where to begin. Clicking on the main category tabs brings up yet another set of category tabs. Scrolling down further reveals even more choices to explore. HIV.gov’s layout is consistent, but it is unclear how to best browse the website given so many areas to explore.

Visual Design

Large font, bright graphics, and a simple color scheme combine for a professional visual design. Good use of multimedia, and a thorough social media presence as well. HIV.gov is a little on the plain side, but visitors likely won’t have much to complain about this government-sponsored site's design.

Quality

HIV.gov covers a wide range of information and services for people with HIV and their loved ones. Treatment information is based on clinical trials and accepted guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and recent research. The information is thorough, adequately detailed, and supported by illustrations and other forms of multimedia.

Credibility

The information provided is most likely authored and edited by qualified medical professionals, but like most government websites, no specific individuals are credited. Keeping current with developments in HIV/AIDS research and routine updating assure that most of the content is up to date. The website is overseen by a reputable federal health agency and contains information from the Health and Human Services and links to many other federal websites that offer HIV related services and advocacy. Most pages have been updated within the last year.

Pros

  1. Each page includes basic and more advanced explanations without becoming overwhelming
  2. Offers many multimedia resources to enhance the content
  3. News section keeps users up-to-date on this condition, publishing several unique items a week
  4. Stands alone as the go-to resource for anyone seeking quality information on HIV/AIDS
  5. Contributions from the various sections of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the CDC, NIH, and FDA

Cons

  1. The information is not always adequately referenced, therefore considered expert opinion, which is the weakest form of evidence
  2. The site is authored by committee, with no individuals or their credentials identified

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, administered by the U.S. government's Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, Federal HIV/AIDS Web Council, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: HIV care services locator, videos, resources for supportive care, patient and family seminars, quality of life resources, newsletter, media assistance for HIV community, blog, webinars

Languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Haitian Creole, French, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Japanese, Farsi

Contact: contact@aids.gov