LatinSida (LatinAIDS): the first Latin America database about HIV/AIDS prevention, epidemiology, treatment and care, and social issues
H. Ortiz-Perez1, E. Bravo-Garcia2, E. Rodriguez-Nolasco2, C. Magis-Rodriguez2
1Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana - Xochimilco, Departamento de Atención a la Salud, Mexico, Mexico, 2Centro Nacional para la Prevención y el Control del VIH/SIDA - CENSIDA, Mexico, Mexico
Issues: Over the past ten years, it is estimated that from 2500-3500 have been
published articles on HIV / AIDS in Latin America in peer-review journals
(scientific literature), compared with 10,000-12,000 papers presented
at national, regional or international conferences (gray literature). Because
of this, the literature search on research and interventions on HIV /
AIDS in Latin America is very complex because the gray literature is not recorded in the
databases of indexed journals, which causes it not be used or lost more
part of the experience on HIV / AIDS. The project goal was to create a database of HIV/AIDS research and interventions in Latin America (LatinSida).
Description: We used the following sources: International AIDS Conferences, organized by the International AIDS Society (IAS), from 2000 (Durban)
to 2008 (Mexico City); The Latin American Forum on HIV/ AIDS
organized by the Horizontal Technical Cooperation Group (GCTH), from 1998
(Mexico City) to 2009 (Lima, Peru); the Central American Congress
on STI / HIV / AIDS (CONCASIDA), 1999 (San Pedro Sula) to 2007
(Managua); and databases of indexed journals (MEDLINE, EMBASE,
PsycINFO and Sociological Abstracts). Using Reference Manager-11 ®, created a database with full references,
abstracts and full text of the work on HIV / AIDS in Latin America.
Currently, 10,000 references are available at: http://www.latinsida.org.mx
and the database is updated continuously.
Lessons learned: The
traditional databases of scientific information not record the full
range of investigations and interventions in Latin American countries. The creation of a first Latin American HIV/AIDS database successfully integrated experience in the region.
Next steps: There is an urgent need to improve information dissemination on HIV/AIDS using the Internet to meet the needs of decision makers,
researchers, activists, health workers, people living with HIV, universities and public in general.
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