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SXSWi 2013: Digital Health and HIV

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Every year, the digital world converges on Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSWi), which features “five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology.” At AIDS.gov, we have welcomed this opportunity to learn and collaborate with others through the Digital Health track , one of the many tracks offered…

New Media and National Youth HIV + AIDS Awareness Day

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National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Logo

Tomorrow, April 10th, 2013, marks the first National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) – a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV & AIDS on young people, as well as highlight the amazing work of young people in response to the epidemic. Through their efforts, youth and their allies will hold…

Happy Birthday Twitter

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Twitter Bird Cake

Twitter turned 7 years old on March 21, 2013. According to the Twitter blog , there are more than 200 million active Twitter users that create over 400 million tweets per day. And a recent Pew Internet & American Life Project  report on Twitter use found that Black internet users and young adult internet users tend…

In the Know: Social Media for Public Health – Gaming & Mobile

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In the Know CDC NPIN Webinar Series

As part of its live webcast series, the CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) is pleased to announce, “In the Know: Gaming and Mobile for Public Health” on Tuesday, April 2 at 2 P.M. (ET). The webcast will feature slide presentations, Q & A, and public health success stories from social media experts on how…

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and New Media

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National Native HIVAIDS Awareness Day Pin

Wednesday, March 20 is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). While American Indians and Alaska Natives make up 1.7% (5.2 million people) of the total US population and accounted for <1% of new HIV infections in the U.S., but have one of the shortest survival times after HIV or AIDS diagnosis of all race/ethnicity groups….

Closing the Digital Divide: Latinos and Technology Adoption

Pew Latino Digital Divide

According to Pew Research Hispanic Center’s new report, Closing the Digital Divide: Latinos and Technology Adoption, the “digital divide” between Latinos and other ethnic groups is closing. The Pew report examines 2012 social media, digital technology, and mobile technology use among Latinos, whites, and blacks. The report also identifies these trends by income, education, age,…

One in Four Is Too Many

Evelyn Kappeler

One in four new HIV infections in the United States occurs among young people ages 13-24. One in four! I don’t know about you, but this recently reported CDC finding gave me pause. That same report illuminated some other startling facts: About 1,000 youth per month were infected with HIV in 2010 Most new HIV…

Tracking Your Health

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Pew Health Tracking

Whether it is getting your recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, or eight hours of sleep per night, or taking your HIV medication, the majority of Americans track their health habits. Personal data collection of health information, or self-tracking, enables consumers to be more conscious of their health behaviors, to track signs and symptoms,…