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The Wonderful World of Widgets

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Widgets . Gadgets . Call them what you’d like, but there is definitely a lot of buzz around these small applications that you can embed in a social network site, blog, or website. Our Federal colleagues have developed salmonella, flu, and HIV test widgets. At AIDS.gov, we’re starting to use widgets, too. We used a…

Turning Compassion into Action for National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Today is National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NAPIHAAD). This year’s theme is “After a quarter century of HIV, compassion isn’t enough—Take action now!” I spoke with David Stupplebeen of the Banyan Tree Project (“BTP” – the partnership that plans and implements the day) about what you can do to turn compassion into…

Capitol Hill Conference: Future Directions in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

apitol Hill Conference: Future Directions in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

On Wednesday I had the pleasure of speaking about new media during the “Capitol Hill Conference: Future Directions in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS” co-sponsored by amfAR and Research!America . This event brought together international HIV experts, celebrity advocates, and government officials to talk about the importance of HIV research and a National AIDS Strategy. The…

Quest for an HIV Vaccine Continues: HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

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HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD

Wear the upside-down AIDS ribbon to create a “V” for “vaccine” and the vision of a world without AIDS. Recently I talked with Kathy Stover from NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) — the lead organizer for HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD) – May 18. As HVAD approaches, I wanted to learn…

2009 National Technology Conference: Highlights for the HIV Community

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NTC Conference

Last week, Jennie Anderson and I attended the Nonprofit Technology Network’s (NTEN) 2009 National Technology Conference (NTC) . Because many AIDS service organizations are non-profits, the conference provides us with an opportunity to gain invaluable insight into how non-profit organizations across the country and around the world are using new media to inspire, connect and…

Personal Health Records and People Living with HIV

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I spoke with Chitra Mohla from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to learn more about Personal Health Records (PHRs) and their importance in the HIV community. A PHR allows you to store and manage all your information in one place. Chitra told me that people who are chronically ill are…

CDC Publishes Interim Guidance for Clinicians on HIV and the Flu

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Earlier this week we blogged about the recent flu and mentioned that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was finalizing interim guidance for clinicians for the management of patients with HIV who have been exposed to or who have contracted this flu. Yesterday, the CDC published Interim Guidance-HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents: Considerations…