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Perspectives on Blogging about HIV/AIDS (Part 3 on Blogging)

Dr. David Wessner

This week we continue our series on blogs. Blogging can be an effective way to communicate HIV messages and engage people in a dialogue about important issues and topics. Today, we’ll highlight two HIV/AIDS-focused blogs that bring distinct perspectives to the topic–blogs by an HIV/AIDS service provider, and a college professor and his students.

Blogging about Blogs (Part 2 on Blogging)

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While we’ve reflected on whether we think our blog is working, we’ve never posted on blogging basics–so that is the focus of today’s post.

We’re 6 Months Old: Part 1 on Blogging

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We started this blog six months ago. Three months ago we reflected on whether the blog was working and we decided to continue. We declared that we’d continue blogging only as long as we could clearly define how best to measure our success. Recently one of our colleagues, Alan Gambrell, asked us if we thought…

Second Life (Part 2 of “We Are Living in a Virtual World”)

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This week we build on our June 10 post about virtual worlds and focus on the well-known site, Second Life . To better understand how Second Life can help share HIV information and provide support to those who are HIV-positive, we continued our conversation with our colleagues from the NIH-funded Health Info Island, Lori Bell…

Reaching Bloggers for National HIV Testing Day

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Last week, AIDS.gov hosted a Webinar for bloggers in advance of National HIV Testing Day (on June 27). We reached out to bloggers for this event because so many people today depend on bloggers for their news, information, and opinions.

20 students. 6 universities. 8 short videos. 1 cause. National HIV Testing Day Personal Public Service Announcements

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To help get the word out about National HIV Testing Day (June 27), the CDC and the University of Georgia’s New Media Institute collaborated on an innovative new media project. More than 20 students from six universities and five AIDS organizations hit the streets with video cameras this April to produce eight short video messages…

We Are Living in a Virtual World: Part 1

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HealthInfo Island on Second Life When the AIDS.gov team first started hearing about virtual worlds, we were intrigued–and a little confused. Terms like “avatar ” and “in-world meetings” were unfamiliar. Places like Second Life , Whyville , Club Penguin , and Habbo seemed mysterious. NIH, CDC, and NASA have been Federal pioneers in virtual space….

Learning from Our Family Planning Colleagues

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Miguel Gomez, Director of AIDS.gov Here at AIDS.gov, we’ve learned two things over and over: Health care providers are often really excited by the possibilities of “new media”; and they have a lot of questions about what this actually means in the day-to-day functions of a program or clinic. In April, Miguel Gomez, director of…

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