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3 Takeaways from our Black Voices Blog Series

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From the beginning of the AIDS.gov blog, we found that encouraging conversations is the best way to ensure that we are connecting with our readers. By joining our “voice” with the voices of those we are working to reach and serve, we work together to increase access to HIV/AIDS information. Our conversations have yielded important…

Black Voices: Having (and using) my voice to address stigma

Patrick Ingram

My name is Patrick, I am a gay man of color, and I currently reside in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I was diagnosed with HIV at a health department in Virginia on December 1, 2011, which happened to be World AIDS Day. Turning my life into my life’s mission From the moment I tested positive, I have…

New Media and The State of the Union 2014

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At AIDS.gov, we’re always looking for innovative ways to use new media to share information and engage our audiences in a conversation through the use of blogs, photosharing, video, chats, Instagram, Storify, and more. We are inspired by our colleagues from across the country…and sometimes we can look here in Washington, DC. The White House…

Updated New Media Toolkit Now Available on AIDS.gov

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As a part of our technical assistance and training efforts with the HIV community, we provide resources on how to use new media. We recently updated the “New Media Tools” section of AIDS.gov. The section features overviews of various new media tools, and provides: a description of the tool data on who is using the…

Apps and Social Media to Show You Care

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Social media and mobile apps are great tools to help you connect to people. For example, you can connect to your former high school sweetheart on Facebook, share photos with your family on Instagram, send an eCard to your partner, or tweet about the great date you had last night. You also can use apps…

Blogs as a Tool for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD)

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: February 7

On Thursday, February 7, 2013, our nation will again recognize National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). Since 2008, this blog has helped us share information and link to resources for HIV/AIDS Awareness Days. In 2013, we continue to blog about NBHAAD, including drawing on additional new media tools (Twitter , Facebook , Pinterest , etc.)…

Keep it Brief: Tips for Writing Online

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These days anyone can publish a blog on any topic without prior writing experience or a degree in journalism or English. Even with credentials, online writing is different from technical and scientific writing. Based on an analysis  of 45,237 pageviews, Jakob Nielsen found that people read an average of 18% of what’s on a page….

5 Years, 900 Blog Posts, 1 Million Page Views

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Today marks an important milestone for the AIDS.gov blog. Five years ago today, we launched this blog with the intent of reaching audiences with information on how to use new media. In 2009, we extended our content to include Federal policies and resources. Today our blog continues to address these topics and more. While we…