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This year’s 2013 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities  marked the conference’s tenth year bringing information to the HIV/AIDS to the community. While at the conference,  AIDS.gov asked Sammy Nesbit from Texas to comment on how technology can be used to overcome barriers to HIV care.  Please view the following…

Rapid, On-site HIV Testing: Increases Life Expectancy and Is Cost-effective

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Incorporating rapid HIV testing in drug treatment programs is both cost effective and increases life expectancy for an HIV-positive person, according to an NIH-funded study published in September 2012 in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence . This study expands upon a previous finding of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network Rapid…

Text Messaging as an Effective HIV Prevention Intervention for Methamphetamine-using MSM

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As frequently addressed in this blog, new media is playing an ever-growing role as a tool in our response to HIV/AIDS. We often now see HIV prevention and anti-stigma messages—such as CDC’s several Act Against AIDS campaigns—delivered to the general public via websites, YouTube, and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and others. We…

Getting Started with Pinterest

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Pinterest is a social media platform that demonstrates the power of photo sharing, helping users connect through similar interests. If you are an avid “pinner”, you have seen the boards that users typically create on topics such as fashion, apartment decor, or tourism. Government agencies and nonprofits are seeing the potential for using Pinterest to…

New Video Illustrates HIV Treatment Cascade

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A new animated video provides a brief overview of HIV in the United States and illustrates how improvements along each step of the treatment cascade can help us achieve an AIDS-free generation.  We are grateful to Gilead for sharing the video, which debuted last fall at the 2012 U.S. Conference on AIDS , the nation’s…

The White House: Opportunities for a Conversation Using New Media

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New media allows us to connect and engage in a conversation. According to Pew Internet & American Life’s Health Online 2013 Report , “78% of those who posted a comment, story, or question about their health say that they did so to reach a general audience of friends or other internet users.” For many, it’s this…

National Day of Service: Locate, Share, Watch, and Pledge

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In honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., thousands of people from across the country will take part in the National Day of Service, January 19. Here are four ways you can use new media to connect to volunteer opportunities and inspire others. LOCATE:  Go to Serve.gov to find a local service…

Pew Online Health 2013 Report

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Shanwlus N. Wonzer-Nesbit from Texas Women's University

Earlier this week, the Pew Internet & American Life Project  released their 2013 Health Report  which provides us with information about how people are going online to access health information. Pew found that one in three American adults have gone online to learn more about a medical condition. Here are some highlights from the Pew report:…