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Using New Media on College Campuses to Improve HIV/AIDS Education

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It’s that time of year. Students across the country are settling into colleges and universities, many living away from home and responsible for their own well-being for the first time. As a college student and summer intern for AIDS.gov, I’m interested in how college campuses are using social media to promote awareness around HIV/AIDS. Why…

NBHAAD’s New Media Outreach Explodes Under “The New Normal”

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Editor’s Note: This is the second post in our series looking at how social media has been used to support national health observances. As our readers plan for upcoming observance days including National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2015, we encourage you to check out all our HIV/AIDS Awareness Day posts. This year marks the 14th…

Using Social Media and Technology for National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

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If your grandmother were to ask you for your Twitter handle or your grandfather wanted to become your Facebook friend, how would you respond? If you posted or tweeted messages related to HIV or AIDS awareness, education or testing among older adults, would you be willing to share that information with your grandparents? Beyond individual…

“What’s your story?” Using social media to reach communities of color

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Health communicators from around the U.S. met last week to share and learn about evolving outreach strategies to connect with at-risk communities, to amplify the experiences of individuals coping with health issues, and to learn how to adapt health information to different social media channels. Storytelling was a central strategy discussed at the conference. This…

Apps to Help Students Stay Safe

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It’s back to school time and as we send our students to school with books and other necessary supplies, it might be helpful to keep in mind several technology solutions that can help students stay healthy and safe on campus. Among these technology solutions are a number of mobile apps that are being developed by…

New in New Media: Foursquare 8.0 and Location-enabled Apps for HIV Awareness

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Facebook, Instagram and many other apps utilize location-enabled data to find health services. Back in 2010 we blogged about Foursquare, the GPS-enabled mobile app that allows you to share your location with friends and others nearby when you “check-in” to places, including local HIV services and events. After almost 5 years, Foursquare has announced a…

Lost a Follower? Tracking Followers and Unfollowers on Twitter

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Last week we shared a video from AIDS 2014 that discussed going beyond the number of followers who “like” and “share” your content on social media, and focusing on the the impact of your messaging for HIV prevention. Impacting people on social media however involves growing and building a following. But what happens when you…

In Case You Missed it! AIDS 2014 Roundup

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This year marked the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014 ), which was held in Melbourne, Australia from July 20-25, 2014. Yesterday, Dr. Valdiserri, reflected on the breadth and depth of topics covered at AIDS 2014 that expanded the discourse on HIV care outcomes and the future of a cure. He emphasized that the conference theme of…