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Even if you missed Part 1 of Frontline’s “The Age of AIDS” on Tuesday night (May 30, 2006), take a look at the website on the evolution of the virus. It’s everything you wanted to know about the virus, but couldn’t necessarily find in one place.

Part 1 is a historical recap of the early search for answers about a new disease and its origins, political resistance to respond to the growing epidemic in the US, the indefatigable work of activists and the laboratory squabbles claiming their discovery of HIV. It also highlights new definitive evidence about the origins of the virus that establishes chimpanzees as the animal reservoir from which HIV crossed over to human beings. If you have 2 hours to spare on Wednesday night between 9-11 pm, catch Part 2 on PBS. If you missed the TV broadcast, watch it online from Friday, June 2nd.

There is a lot of information packed on to this website. Among the several informative links on this site, the following caught my eye:

Want to know more about the timeline over the last 25 years of AIDS for political landmarks, scientific breakthroughs, activist’s accomplishments, the site has it.

Color-coded global maps provide an overview of the patterns and scale of the AIDS pandemic. Click on tabs to see numbers and percentages by country; click on small white icons to read stories of how nations have responded socially and politically to HIV/AIDS.

The Money Trail describes how external donors - including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, President Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the World Bank, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - gave more than $8 billion to fight HIV/AIDS in developing nations in 2005. The site provides a closer look at where the money's going. Roll over a country to learn more about how much money it's getting from external funders. Read an overview of the global financing of HIV/AIDS.

New Thinking on Testing presents an e-mail exchange with three individuals at the forefront of the battle against HIV/AIDS through which FRONTLINE explores the implication of the Centers for Disease Control's recent recommendation that HIV testing be expanded in the US.

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