New Media

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


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…

Black Voices: Mental Health & HIV: What You Should Know

Guy Anthony

Will you still love me even when you discover my truth? As someone who has been living with HIV since 2007 and was recently diagnosed as having bi-polar disorder, I understand what it’s like to operate from an emotional deficit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 people will experience…

“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


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…

Black Voices: The Truth about my Positive Experience

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There are a few things I want you to know about my positive experience. Whether you’ve worked in HIV for decades or are new to the epidemic, we all start somewhere. I’m a filmmaker and, ironically, my first introduction to the epidemic was through film. It was film where I started and film where I…

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


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…