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Health-Focused Social Networking Sites

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This week we continue our social networking series, and we look at health-focused social networks. Health-focused social networks function as communities for people with specific medical conditions (such as HIV/AIDS) and provide space for users to share their experiences, find support from their peers, and discuss their health concerns and treatment information.

To Blog or Not to Blog-Our AIDS.gov Journey Continues

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Last week we told you we were going to do another entry on social networking sites–but we decided to preempt that post because we’ve reached an important anniversary, and we held a meeting about AIDS.gov’s future. We want to tell you about both of those things, and get your input. When we launched this blog…

Conference Highlights How to Use New Media Tools

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Last week, our Communications Director and New Media Strategist joined over 1,200 people from across the U.S. (and beyond) in New Orleans to talk about using new media to create social change and to share best practices. The occasion was the 2008 Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) conference, "Building Community: Connections Around the Globe and Around…

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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March 20 is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) are ranked third in the nation in the rate of AIDS diagnosis compared to all other races and ethnicities. The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC), Colorado State University’s Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity (CASAE), and Inter Tribal…

Face Time with Facebook

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This week, we’re continuing our series about social networking sites . Today we’re focusing on Facebook . To learn more about how we might use Facebook in the fight against HIV/AIDS, we spoke to Shaun Whybark from the Columbus AIDS Task Force , and Dmitriy Kruglyak from TrustedMD . What is Facebook? Facebook, like most…

Should MySpace be Your Space?

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This week’s post is the first of a series that will focus on social networking sites (SNS). We’ll begin with MySpace . What are Social Networking Sites? SNSs are online communities that give you opportunities to connect with, or provide resources to, clients, colleagues, family and friends who share common interests. When you join an…

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Today, March 10, is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. What you can do: get tested for HIV – find a testing center near you by visiting www.hivtest.org or by texting your zip code to KNOWIT (566948) practice safe methods to prevent HIV decide not to engage in high-risk behaviors talk about HIV prevention…

Texting 4 Health (Part 2 of “R U Texting?”)

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Today’s post is a follow-up to our initial post on text messaging (also known as "texting"). We’re straying from our usual format, in order to share with you some highlights from last week’s Texting4Health Conference at Stanford University . Two members of the AIDS.gov team went to Texting4Health to learn from, and talk with, some…