Local Organizations

Whitman-Walker Clinic Inc. The primary nongovernment support agency on AIDS issues in the metropolitan area. Its services include an AIDS Education Fund that provides support services for persons with AIDS and their loved ones, clinical evaluation services for those with AIDS symptoms, and community education and risk reduction programs. An information line is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., weekends 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Call 332-AIDS, or write AIDS Education Fund, 2335 18th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009. National Lesbian and Gay Health Foundation. A resource clearinghouse for information on AIDS, the foundation publishes a "Source Book on Lesbian and Gay Health Care" for $10, provides referral services and is developing a National Association for People with AIDS, a pilot project where people with AIDS can talk to one another. Call 797-3708, or write National Lesbian and Gay Health Foundation, P.O. Box 65472, Washington, D.C. 20035. St. Francis Center. Provides counseling services for people with AIDS and their loved ones. Fees are on a sliding scale. Call 234-5613, or write St. Francis Center, 3800 Macomb St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20016. National Organizations

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Office of Research Reporting and Public Response. Information specialists answer general questions about AIDS, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 496-5717. For a free fact sheet on AIDS write AIDS, Building 31, Room 7A32, Bethesda, Md. 20892.Centers for Disease Control. Offers a 24-hour tape-recorded message about AIDS, including symptoms. Call 1-800-342-AIDS. A hotline, operated by U.S. Public Health Service employes, is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 1-800-447-AIDS. United States Conference of Mayors. Publishes a "Directory of AIDS-Related Services" throughout the country, available only to health care organizations that deal with AIDS. Call 293-7330, or write U.S. Conference of Mayors, 1620 I St. NW, Fourth floor, Washington, D.C. 20006.National Gay Task Force. Crisis line number for people with AIDS or for more information about AIDS is open Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Call 1-800-221-7044. The task force also offers information packets: A general AIDS information packet, $3; a packet for health care professionals, $7.50; a packet for people with AIDS, $1. Write: National Gay Task Force, 80 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10011.National Hemophilia Foundation. Offers resource information on AIDS and has a referral service. Write: National Hemophilia Foundation, Soho Building, 110 Greene St., Room 406, New York, N.Y. 10012; (212) 219-8180. Washington Chapter: P.O. Box 5304, Arlington, Va. 22205; 534-3453.Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. Litigates cases involving AIDS-related discrimination, negotiates with government officials over AIDS legal issues, and publishes an AIDS legal guide for $15. Call (212) 944-9488, or write 132 W. 43rd St., Fifth floor, New York, N.Y. 10036. STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) Network. Computer network providing resource information on AIDS as well as other STDs, safe-sex guides, symptoms and vulnerability surveys. To access system, call 765-6290, and enter STDS as "System ID." For problems with access call: 660-9770. Regional Organizations

The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Division of Infectious Diseases. Answers general questions about AIDS. Call (301) 955-3150.Health Education Resource Organization (HERO). Baltimore-based organization that offers AIDS information, safe sex guides and counseling services. Hotline Monday Information Network, Fan Free Clinic, 1721 Hanover Ave., Richmond, Va. 23220. -- Wendy Melillo