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New Media Presentation at Office of Minority Health Leadership Summit

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This week is the Office of Minority Health’s Third Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health. AIDS.gov gave a pre-summit workshop (more details to come on Tuesday about that) and a presentation about innovative strategies for public health. View today’s presentation on Slideshare and we’ll post more information on Tuesday.

Text Messaging for HIV Appointment and Medication Reminders – Part IV

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This week, we’re concluding our four-part series on texting appointment and medication reminders. After talking about why, how, and costs, today’s post addresses privacy. Howard Brown Health Center What are some of the potential privacy concerns around texting appointment and medication reminders? Texting appointment reminders is a new way of communicating, and therefore brings up…

Text Messaging for HIV Appointment and Medication Reminders – Part III

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In addition to why and how an organization might set up texting reminders, we’re often asked about the cost. In tight economic times, this is a significant concern for many organizations. Can the cost of text messaging reminders ultimately save your organization time and money? Here’s some information to help you decide. What does implementing…

Text Messaging for HIV Appointment and Medication Reminders – Part II

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This week, we return to our series on using text messaging for HIV appointment and medication reminders. We are dedicating four posts to this topic, which often comes up in conversations between Miguel Gomez, AIDS.gov’s Director, and AIDS service providers. We recently discussed some of the reasons why an AIDS service organization might want to…

Promoting Routine HIV Testing For National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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During the week leading up to National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day , we reinforce the Federal recommendations for routine HIV testing in healthcare settings. Here’s what the CDC’s Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings say:

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is around the Corner

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: February 7

Of all racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., blacks are the hardest hit by HIV and AIDS. According to the CDC’s Dr. Kevin Fenton, “The latest estimates indicate that while blacks make up just 12 percent of the U.S. population, they account for nearly half of new HIV infections…The harsh reality is that 1…

Text Messaging for HIV Appointment and Medication Reminders – Part I

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We’ve discussed some of the uses of text messaging (also known as Short Messaging Service , or SMS) for HIV prevention and testing in previous posts (“R U Texting?” and “Texting 4 Health”). For the next few posts we’ll concentrate on using text messages for appointment and medication reminders. More and more clients are choosing…

HIV Travel Policy

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The AIDS.gov blog focuses on using new media in response to HIV/AIDS—but we frequently get questions about HHS’ policies related to HIV/AIDS. To respond to this need, we are creating a new biweekly post that will provide a paragraph about Federal HIV/AIDS issues and policies. This week’s post covers questions about the U.S. policy on…