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2009 Flu and HIV

Our nation confronts a serious public health challenge, the 2009 flu outbreak (commonly referred to as “swine flu”). To learn more about the potential impact of this new outbreak on the HIV community we reached out to Richard Wolitski from the CDC and to local HIV care providers across the country. We still have a…

Responding Rapidly to Public Health Emergencies Using New Media: Swine Flu


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As many of you know, this week, HHS declared swine flu to be a national public health emergency. At we’re particularly concerned about this issue because people with compromised immune systems, including those living with HIV/AIDS, are more likely to become ill from diseases like the flu. New media tools can help support our…

Ready to Share: NAPWA Embraces New Media

Earlier this week, Michelle Samplin-Salgado and I gave a workshop on using new media in response to HIV/AIDS at the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) annual Skills Building Institute for HIV Testing and Awareness Day Events and Campaigns. The Institute is part of NAPWA’s “Mobilized to Succeed” initiative. It was an honor to…

Open for Suggestions: Help us name this year’s National HIV Testing Day Project!

One out of five – that’s the latest CDC estimate of how many people living with HIV in the U.S. are unaware of their HIV status. People who know their HIV status are more likely to take action to improve their health and well-being. So HIV testing is essential––yet, for many people, the stigma around…

Using New Media to Act Against AIDS

Every 9½ minutes someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV. That’s the message behind a national campaign that was announced today by officials from the White House, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the CDC. Act Against AIDS is a new five-year national communication campaign that will highlight this alarming statistic…

Reaching Gay Men Using the Internet

Earlier this week, I attended a technical assistance meeting sponsored by the National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) about reaching gay men using the Internet. Engaging in a dialogue on how gay men are using the Internet and its impact on HIV transmission, testing…