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New Avenues for Expression and Engagement with Youth around Sexual Health Information

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Sex::Tech 2010

The Internet Sexuality Information Services, Inc. (ISIS) hosts an annual conference on using technology to increase access to sexual health information among youth — and Sex::Tech Exit Disclaimer is less than two weeks away! As ISIS’ Margaret Lucas told us, "Sex::Tech Exit Disclaimer brings together leaders in the fields of STD/HIV prevention, education, unplanned pregnancy prevention, government and technology to explore ways new media can improve young people’s access to sexual health information. These pioneers will lead discussions on ways to harness the Internet, social networks and mobile technologies to advance sexual health. The Sex::Tech 2010 program Exit Disclaimer includes successes, innovations, technology intensives and expert insights, in addition to providing a platform to showcase youth-led advocacy."

Last year, we heard that we need to involve youth (or our other audiences) in planning and evaluation, and learned about new texting campaigns Exit Disclaimer and sexual health websites Exit Disclaimer developed by and for teens. Jennie Anderson, AIDS.gov Director of Communications, got a sneak-peek at some of the initiatives that will be presented this year as a member of the Sex::Tech planning committee. We are particularly excited to hear keynotes from Beth Kanter Exit Disclaimer (one of our new media inspirations) and Tina Hoff Exit Disclaimer (of the Kaiser Family Foundation Exit Disclaimer), and can’t wait to hear the latest about bridging the digital divide to engage with youth from minority communities around sexual health information. We are also looking forward to sharing our own lessons learned from this year’s Facing AIDS for World AIDS Day campaign.

You can still register Exit Disclaimer to join Sex::Tech Exit Disclaimer at the J.W. Marriott in San Francisco on February 26 and 27. Margaret also told us that the first-day plenary will feature the winner of the Say What?!? Exit Disclaimer contest — a partnership between MTV Exit Disclaimer, Funny Or Die Exit Disclaimer, and SayNowExit Disclaimer — where youth were asked to share the craziest sexual health advice an adult has given them.

Check out the Twitter conversation already taking place in preparation for Sex::Tech using the #sextech Exit Disclaimer hashtag, and get ready to join in! You can get conference updates from the Sex::Tech Twitter account Exit Disclaimer or Facebook Exit Disclaimer, and you can check out some of the photos from last year Exit Disclaimer.

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  1. Im glad there will be another way for kids, teens, and young adults to get information about this kind of stuff. Us kids need as many ways possible to get to this info. Sometimes we don’t want to talk to people about it so it will be nice to learn about it on this website. Kids are mostly on the internet anyways, so it won’t be a drag like going to a class once a week learning this stuff with other kids and getting uncomfortable. Most likely if we are with other kids our age we wont pay attention. This stuff is so important and we need to know how it goes, how it can be prevented, and what to do if it happens. Right now if you asked me about AIDS and the HIV virus…I couldn’t tell you all that I should know. So now I’m off to go learn more about this.

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