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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…

Using Games in Public Health (Part 2 of “Let the Games Begin”)

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This week we are continuing the second part of our two-part series on video games and public health. Last week we spoke with Tina Hoff, Vice President and Director of Entertainment Media Partnerships at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Marguerita Lightfoot of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and David Galiel, an expert on new…

Let the Games Begin

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We’ve been noticing a lot of press about video games lately. Grand Theft Auto IV is flying off the shelves. It sold 60 million copies in the first week. Other games, like Guitar Hero and games for Nintendo’s Wii gaming system, continue to increase in popularity. At AIDS.gov, we’re interested in video games as one…

Old and New Media Unite–Promoting National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

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This month, the organizations planning and implementing HIV Vaccine Awareness Day and National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day are promoting these observances and expanding their reach by using traditional and new media tools. National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV Awareness Day – May 19 According to the CDC, the number of Asian and…