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Editor’s Note: Today we share the fifth story from the new media planning projects supported by AIDS.gov in summer 2013. To read earlier posts in this series, click here Young people aged 13–29 accounted for 39% of all new HIV infections in 2009. This alarming statistic paints an image of the epidemic on our nation’s youth….

A New Tool for Treating STIs and Preventing HIV

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH

Annual surveillance data published last month in the 2012 STD Surveillance Report show that sexually transmitted infections (STIs) threaten the health and well-being of millions of people in the United States. However, each of the 20 million new cases [PDF 1.5MB] of STIs that occur annually in the United States is potentially preventable. One of the many…

Happy Holidays from AIDS.gov

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A study out of Kenya and published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that weekly text message to patients with a single word — “Mambo?” (“How are you?”) helped patients feel cared for and supported. This holiday season, we hope you, too, feel cared for and supported.

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Last year we released the first version of the Facing AIDS app for iOS (iPhone and iPad) . This year we’re pleased to share the updated version of the app, which is now available for Android . It’s also available in English and Spanish. Just like the original app, simply take a photo or select one from your…

#FacingAIDS 2013: Write. Snap. Share.

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For the sixth year, AIDS.gov is hosting the Facing AIDS photo sharing project. We would like to thank everyone who has participated over the years. Through your participation, you have helped to commemorate World AIDS Day (December 1) by bringing awareness to the effects of HIV stigma and encouraging HIV testing. We invite YOU to participate…

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…

New Pew Report: Smartphone Ownership in 2013

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The Pew Internet and American Life Project  released new data  last week showing that 56% of all American adults use smartphones. At AIDS.gov, we have seen growth in mobile access to our website. Since January, 2013, nearly 37% of visits to AIDS.gov have been from a mobile device. This has already surpassed the total mobile…

Texting/Driving: A Reminder from the AIDS.gov Team

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Summer is upon us and that means that many of us are behind the wheel to visit family and friends. It’s important to remember to put away those phones while driving! At AIDS.gov, we continue to encourage the use of mobile devices to extend the reach of HIV public health programs. Because we promote the…