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New! AIDSearch online database

The Libraries new online resource, AIDSearch, provides a wealth of data on HIV/AIDS health policy including research, clinical trials and the substances being tested. AIDSearch is a combination of three database files: MEDLINE AIDS/HIV Subset, AIDSDRUGS, and AIDSTRIALS.

MEDLINE AIDS/HIV Subset includes citations from journal articles, government reports, letters, technical reports, meeting abstracts/papers, monographs, special publications, theses, books and audiovisuals covering research, clinical aspects and health policy issues related to AIDS. The citations are derived from the MEDLINE® file.

AIDSDRUGS is a dictionary of chemical and biological agents currently being evaluated in the AIDS clinical trials covered in companion AIDSTRIALS database. Each record represents a single substance and provides information such as standard chemical names, synonyms and trade names, CAS Registry Numbers, protocol ID numbers, pharmacological action, adverse reactions and contraindications, physical/chemical properties, and manufacturers' names. Agents which were tested in closed or completed trials are included. A bibliography of relevant articles is also included.

AIDSTRIALS includes information about the clinical trials of substances being tested for use against AIDS, HIV infection, and AIDS-related opportunistic diseases. Each record covers a single trial, and provides information such as title and purpose of the trial, diseases studies, patient eligibility criteria, contact persons, agents being tested, and trial locations. Information about the trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health is supplied by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAD), while information about privately sponsored trials is provided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

AIDSTRIALS is a part of the AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service (ACTIS), which is a Public Health Service project sponsored by the FDA, the NIAID, the NLM, and the Centers for Disease Control.

Users can access AIDSearch from the front page of the Libraries website, through IRIS or by following the path: Research Resources > Indexes and Databases > By Subject > Medicine > AIDSearch.

Posted June 16, 2006