Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum

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Background: This SPNS initiative will implement and evaluate innovative social media methods to identify, link, and retain HIV positive underserved, underinsured, hard-to-reach youth and young adults (ages 13-34) in HIV primary care and supportive services. These methods include system approaches utilizing a variety of social media, internet and mobile-based technologies to improve engagement and retention…

#NIHDigital Summit: Optimizing Digital to Reach Patients, Scientists, Clinicians and the Public

Susannah Fox, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Editor’s Note: recently had the honor of being a part of the Planning Committee for the NIH Digital Summit. Here is 1 of 2 blogs about the event.  On October 19th, NIH brought together nearly 1,500 digital and health experts in person and via webcast. The event featured two keynote speakers and panels that showcased…

Got smartphone. Got INSTAGRAM?

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Instagram has become a key tool for photo-sharing—28% of online adults  in the United States are now using it. If you haven’t yet joined that group, this visually driven platform could be a strong contender for a spot in your social media toolkit. The team previously shared “how to” Instagram. Now we offer 5…

Top 5 Digital Trends of 2014 for the HIV community


The team monitors the digital landscape so we can adapt our outreach to meet our audiences’ communication preferences. We also learn about the HIV community’s evolving needs through’s Social Media Labs—free, in-person, technical assistance sessions we offer at conferences—and our newly launched Virtual Office Hours, when we offer free technical assistance twice each…

The Evolution of Mobile Apps and Usage in the HIV community

Image from the comScore 2014 U.S. Mobile Apps Report

The blog follows the evolution of mobile apps, especially those used to promote good health among communities impacted by HIV/AIDS. In its recently released U.S. Mobile App Report , comScore states that 2014 has marked a milestone in digital media access because over half (52%) of time spent on digital media occurs on mobile apps….

Apps to Help Students Stay Safe


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… Mobile Success Story

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July 2013 marked a significant milestone. For the first time, most people accessed the website via mobile devices. We anticipated this day would eventually come. In truth, it came sooner than we expected, even as we saw mobile use increase week-by-week and month-by-month. It’s been two years since our move to responsive web design (RWD). There…

AIDSinfo and infoSIDA Websites Now Optimized for Display on Mobile Devices

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Editor’s Note: With today’s post, we highlight two key Federal websites that are now responsively designed. For more information, read our blog post about responsively designed sites, including the website. AIDSinfo recently updated the AIDSinfo and infoSIDA websites, and they are now automatically optimized for display across all devices—desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. Visitors…