Picture This: Intro to Photo Sharing for HIV/AIDS


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A photograph can send a powerful message. Photo sharing Exit Disclaimer has become an important new media tool that allows you not only to upload, store, and organize your photos, but also allows you to tag, share, and discuss them with your online community. Once again, we turn to Common Craft Exit Disclaimer to explain “Online Photo Sharing in Plain English Exit Disclaimer”:

One of the most common photo-sharing sites is Flickr Exit Disclaimer. Other popular photo-sharing sites include SmugMug, BubbleShare Exit Disclaimer, Picasa Exit Disclaimer, and Photobucket Exit Disclaimer. These sites share much in common with online social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace – users can connect with each other, send messages, leave comments, and share photos. In fact, more than 700 million Exit Disclaimer photos are uploaded to Facebook each month!

WAD Flickr pool group

Illinois Women of African Descent Coalition’s 1st annual conference on women’s health. Accessed from AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Flickr page. Exit DisclaimerUsed with permission.

Photosharing for the HIV/AIDS Community

Many of our colleagues in the HIV community are already using photo-sharing sites to engage, connect, listen, and learn from their volunteers, patients, and colleagues. Here are just a few examples:

We spoke to Maude Carroll, Communications Associate at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, about why the AIDS Foundation uses online photo sharing Exit Disclaimer. Maude told us that “the AIDS Foundation of Chicago began using Flickr within the past year, as a way to promote our events and to engage people in a fun and interactive way. We put a link to our Flickr account on our home page, so that our constituents could easily locate photos from our various events. We also use Flickr as a convenient way to archive photos.”

Maude had the following advice for AIDS service organizations: “If you are an AIDS service organization that puts on events of any kind, you should definitely have a photosharing account. On Flickr, users can create their own profiles, comment on, and share each other’s pictures, which helps generate a buzz and creates an additional online presence for your organization. It will give your constituents, as well as the general public, a visual understanding of what your organization is doing in response to HIV/AIDS. By putting a face to the issue, photo-sharing sites, like Flickr, help tell your organization’s story.”

For more inspiration, we encourage you to read Beth Kanter’s Exit Disclaimer article about How Nonprofits Can Get the Most Out of Flickr Exit Disclaimer and Wild Apricot’s Five Ways Nonprofits Can Use Flickr to Reach New Audiences Exit Disclaimer. Also, take a look at the Library of Congress’ blog post and report (PDF 127 KB) on their recent Flickr pilot project.

Do you use photo-sharing sites? Are you considering it? We love to learn from your experiences!



  1. It’s great how photos can change people’s mind. Yes, sometimes it’s definitely different when you put a picture next to a name. Many times people fear AIDS without knowing much about them, great post!
    – Naruto

  2. “It’s great how photos can change people’s mind. Yes, sometimes it’s definitely different when you put a picture next to a name. Many times people fear AIDS without knowing much about them, great post!”
    Mainly because people are not open ot discussion about this kind of things. Considering them bad(or worse), they choose to close their eyes, conducting to a bad ending experience for those who get infected .
    Great pictures, hope they can make an efect .
    Best Regards,

  3. Great pictures can have a huge effect on public health, and you can prove it. Tell the Iranian government Treating AIDS is not a crime! Go to and show your support. The Drs Alaei have been detained in Iran for over 6 months for providing innovative HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs.

  4. We need to provide more public education about AIDS. To prevent the wrong conception about this disease and to prevent it from spreading. I believe we still have a long way to go, but as we move along, thing should get change and under control.

  5. Great to see the advances of technology helping people out, just wonder what it will be like in years to come with this new high speed ‘grid’ to replace the internet, holographic images etc!
    Its also good how theres a good amount of free space on these sharing sites since they no doubt make enoughmoney from advertising to pay for more storage but I noticed photobucket recently put a size limit on their uploads, shame.

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