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#HIVisSocial: 4 days + 20 influencers + 40 conversations at USCA

Ken Williams at USCA Social Media Lab2015

Organized by NMAC, the U.S. Conference on AIDS  (USCA) is the largest community-led domestic conference on HIV/AIDS each year. It is a unique opportunity to strengthen the gap between our real and virtual connections. NMAC and AIDS.gov Social Media Lab One of our goals is to demonstrate how digital tools can expand the reach of…

PACHA Seeks Nominations

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to be considered for appointment as members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). All nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. (ET) on October 9, 2015. The PACHA is a federal advisory committee within HHS. It…

Digital Storytelling on National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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When the first Federal report of what would come to be known as AIDS emerged in 1981, none of the new media tools we use today were available. At that time, you got your news from a printed newspaper or from one of three network television news shows–and the information you got depended on whether…

Using Social Media to Promote Health and Wellness for Gay and Bisexual Men

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The San Francisco AIDS Foundation  (SFAF) will launch – a  new center for health and wellness for gay, bi and trans men – in October. The program brings together the foundation’s free services for sexual health, substance use, and mental health and community engagement and support. AIDS.gov asked Andrew Hattori, SFAF’s Director of Marketing &…

PACHA Shares NHAS Implementation Recommendations

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During the 57th meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) on September 15, 2015, the Council shared recommendations on the implementation of the Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). Mr. Douglas Brooks, MSW, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), first provided an update about current efforts by agencies across…

Digital Resources for National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day 2015

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To recognize National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAD) on September 18, AIDS.gov is sharing facts and digital resources to highlight opportunities to reach out to older adults. Did you know? In just the past few years, we have seen the percentage of people living with HIV who are over the age of 65 increased…

USCA 2015: New Paths, New Results

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Next year, we approach the two decade anniversary of the beginning of the antiretroviral-driven turnaround in HIV care. Combination therapies literally brought people back to life. Data from 2013  document that 79% of clients served by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program have achieved viral suppression, a much higher success rate than those not in Ryan…

USCA 2015: Preparing, Reflecting on 25 Years

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Let us press a metaphor. With just a day to go, NMAC staff were busy before the start of USCA2015, ironing out the details in the exhibit hall. USCA is being held in Washington, D.C. this year. Less than a mile away from the pre-conference preparation, a White House event was underway to commemorate the 25 years of…