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Electronic Sources for HIV/AIDS Information

Role of Electronic Resources in the HIV/AIDS Information Arena

Electronic resources exist to enhance, not replace, traditional no-tech and low-tech methods of acquiring HIV/AIDS information. Information consumers continue to utilize phone and walk-in reference services and to read print-based newsletters and journals as their primary sources of information about the epidemic. Information providers continue to produce print-based resources and distribute them through regular mail. Despite claims that electronic sources would eclipse print materials, computers have increased the production of paper-based information resources. The CDC National Prevention Information Network's no-tech and low-tech information services, phone-based reference services, printed publications distribution services, and walk-in resource and training centers, have expanded in conjunction with the introduction and growth of our fax-on-demand and Internet services. We are committed to maintaining many avenues, from no-tech to high-tech, of access to HIV/AIDS information.

Nonetheless, as the cost of these technologies comes down, and the skills for utilizing them become more prevalent, the advantages to using electronic sources of HIV/AIDS information become more compelling. These advantage include;

  • Electronic resources can be accessed 24 hours/day.

  • Electronic resources can deliver information more quickly.

  • Electronic resources can provide affordable and efficient access to peers.

  • Electronic resources provide access to valuable databases and full text libraries.

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