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AIDS & the Law - California Western
AIDS & the Law

Compiled by
Bobbi A. Weaver
Foreign & International Law Reference Librarian
California Western School of Law
Rev. July 2006

SCOPE: This research guide is not all-inclusive. It does, however, present resources available at the California Western library and online regarding legal issues associated with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). It is designed to provide the researcher with guidance as to the location of materials dealing with this subject.

Additional research can be conducted by using the KIM system, legal periodical indices, and other finding aids. Access to licensed databases is limited to students and faculty at California Western.

We welcome suggestions for improvement on this and other research guides. Please consult the Reference Librarian with suggestions and further research questions. This research guide was revised July 2006.

Table of Contents
  1. Texts and Looseleafs

  2. Periodicals

  3. Internet Resources

  4. Databases

Texts and Looseleafs
  • Burris, Scott, ed. Deregulation of hypodermic needles and syringes as a public health measure: a report on emerging policy and law in the United States. Washington: American Bar Association, 2001
    Location: 4th Floor
    Call No KF3803 .A54 D43 2001

  • Guidance on ethics and equitable access to HIV treatment and care. Geneva, Switzerland: Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, World Health Organization, c2004.
    Location: 3rd Floor
    Call No.: RC607 .A26 G83 2004

  • Hermann, Donald H.J., and William P. Schurgin, eds.  Legal Aspects of AIDS.  Deerfield, IL: Callaghan, 1998-.
    Location: 4th Floor
    Call No.: KF3803 .A54 H47

  • Jarvis, Robert M., et al. AIDS law in a nutshell, 2nd ed. St. Paul, Minn. : West Pub. Co., 1996.
    Location: Reserve-Nutshells
    Call No.: KF3803.A54 A6 1996

  • Jungkeit, Marie, and Arthur Johnson. California HIV/AIDS epidemiologic fact sheets. [Sacramento]: California Department of Health Services, [2001].
    Location: 3rd Floor
    Call No.: RA644 .A25 J86 2001

  • Rubenstein, William B., et al. The rights of people who are HIV positive : the authoritative ACLU guide to the rights of people living with HIV disease and AIDS. Cardondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1996.
    Location: 4th Floor
    Call No.: KF3803.A54 R83

  • Schüklenk, Udo, ed. AIDS: society, ethics and law. Aldershot, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate/Dartmouth, c2001.
    Location: 3rd Floor
    Call No. RC607 .A26 A3566 2001

  • Webber, David W. ed. AIDS and the law, 3rd ed. New York: Wiley, 1997.
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    Call No.: KF3803.A54 A7 1997

  • AIDS policy & law. Washington, D.C. : Buraff Publications, [c1986-
    LOCATION: 4th Floor
    Call No.: KF3803.A3 A13

  • California HIV/AIDS update. Sacramento: California Department of Health Services, 1990-
    LOCATION: 3rd Floor
    Call No. RA644 .A25 C355

Internet Resources

NOTE: Internet site addresses change frequently. Accordingly, some of these sites may no longer exist under the addresses provided. To locate changed addresses, search for the page title using an Internet search engine such as Google (

  • American Medical Association. HIV and AIDS, available at
    This site includes brief information about HIV infection and links to related stories.

  • Center for Disease Control.  HIV/AIDS Prevention Home, available at [visited on July 5, 2006].
    This site provides links to a variety of informational articles on HIV/AIDS infection and prevention.

  • National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project, available at [visited on July 5, 2006]
    This site includes links to information on drug development, conference reports, and current news relating to AIDS and HIV infection.

  • The Body: A Multimedia AIDS and HIV Information Resource, available at [visited on July 5, 2006].
    This site provides links to news articles and other information about AIDS and HIV.

  • Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, available at [visited on July 5, 2006].
    This site provides links to various online publications about HIV/AIDS infection and legal issues in Canada.

  • Social Security Administration: A Guide To Social Security And SSI Disability Benefits For People With HIV Infection: SSA Publication No. 05-10020, Oct. 2000, available at [visited on July 5, 2006].
    This online Social Security Administration publication provides information on benefit eligibility, the Administration's definition of disability, the procedure for filing for benefits, and Medicaid and Medicare coverage.

  • UNAIDS: The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, available at [visited on July 5, 2006].
    This site includes links to information from an international perspective on HIV/AIDS.

  • National Library of Medicine: HIV/AIDS Information: Specialized Information Services, available at [visited on July 5, 2006].
    This site provides links to medical information about HIV/AIDS.


These resources are available only to CWSL students and faculty. If you have questions on accessing these services, please see a Reference Librarian.

Lexis: The following files might be useful in researching legal issues related to AIDS/HIV infection:

  • MEDLINE references
  • AIDS Vaccine Week
  • AIDS Weekly
  • AIDS Weekly & Law
  • LRP AIDS Policy & Law

Westlaw: Relevant databases on Westlaw include the following:

  • AIDS Alert
  • AIDS Vaccine Week
  • AIDS Weekly Plus
  • New England Journal of Medicine

JSTOR: This database consists of full-text journal articles from a variety of disciplines. To conducted a more focused query, select “Advance Search”, and choose the following disciplines:

  • Health Policy
  • General Science