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A new pilot helps battle hepatitis C with health IT and telemedicine

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Health IT and telemedicine are important tools to help early diagnosis and treatment of a growing problem in the U.S. – hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a new pilot program to help use telemedicine to fight HCV, develop new treatment tools, and get them in the…

Black Voices Bloggers on National HIV Testing Day and Social Media

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June 27th is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) and the theme for this year is “Take the Test. Take Control”. In recognition of this observance day, our Black Voices series bloggers answer the question why NHTD is important to them and what is one thing people (or organizations) can do to promote NHTD. Here is…

Live Streaming: June 23 – A Town Hall Forum with Ambassador Deborah L. Birx

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On Monday, June 23, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) will host a live town hall forum with Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., the new Global AIDS Coordinator.  Amb. Birx will lay out her vision for the next phase of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in supporting efforts to achieve an AIDS-free…

Black Voices: Can We Leverage Digital Technology to End the HIV Epidemic?

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Barack Obama’s campaign success in 2008 and 2012 was fueled, in part, by harnessing the power of digital technology and social networks. His team weaved rich social data culled from websites such as Twitter and Facebook to build profiles of supporters and “persuadables.” He leveraged predictive analytics to predict the behavior of potential voters. He…

Maximizing Community Reach: Social Media Peer Mentors

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For many HIV/AIDS agencies, social media can be an effective tool to build awareness and knowledge, recruit community members to participate in prevention and care programs, promote community events, and increase HIV testing. Nevertheless, simply having a social media presence is often not enough to meet these goals. How can HIV/AIDS prevention and care organizations…

To Read or Not to Read?

Anthony Roberts, Jr.

According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project , 73% of African American internet users report using a social networking site of some kind . If you are trying to reach the Black MSM community online, these tools can be key to your HIV prevention and awareness efforts. There are a vast number of social…

2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results Released Today

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Results from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) were released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This survey is conducted every two years among a nationally representative sample of high school students. More than 13,000 U.S. high school students participated in the most recent national survey. Participation was voluntary and…

Reaching People Where They Are with Health IT [PODCAST]

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Health information technology (Health IT) has the ability to affect the quality of health care for all Americans and can significantly improve the coordination of care within all communities. As the impact of Health IT expands, new media is becoming a key tool to reach underserved populations. Fadesola Adetosoye, Public Affairs Manager at the Office of…

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