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National HIV Testing Day 2016: Digital Communication Tools

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Digital tools have transformed the ways we share HIV messages. Each HIV/AIDS observance day is an opportunity to use those tools to encourage individuals to know their HIV status and stay healthy. For National HIV Testing Day 2016 – June 27th – we want to draw attention to several digital communication tools that can support…

#NHTD Twitter Chat and Thunderclap: Are you #DoingIt?

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In support of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), CDC’s National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) will host a Twitter chat and Thunderclap, which are available to all partners. The Twitter chat will be held on June 23 from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT, and it is moderated by @CDCNPIN and Dr. Jonathan Mermin (@DrMerminCDC) , director…

Men’s Health Month: Come Chat with Us!

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Together with many of our community colleagues and AIDS.gov, NMAC and Altarum have joined forces to commemorate Men’s Health Month [external-disclaimer]. Men’s Health Month is observed every year in June, and the goal is to raise awareness about preventable health problems, as well as to encourage early detection and treatment of illnesses among men and…

How to Make your Facebook Content ‘POP’ with Images

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Facebook is a highly visual medium. Studies  show that Facebook posts featuring photos  are the most noticed, liked, and shared. Posts featuring an image stand out in the news feeds of people who like your page. While a great image can cut through the clutter, you don’t need to fill your feed. Think “representative” and…

Addressing HIV with Digital Resources

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Earlier this year, CDC released new projections of lifetime risks of acquiring HIV – “If current HIV diagnoses rates persist, about 1 in 2 black men who have sex with men (MSM) and 1 in 4 Latino MSM in the United States will be diagnosed with HIV during their lifetime, according to a new analysis…

The Content Corner: Four Ways to Help Your Content Stand Out

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Editor’s Note: As more organizations use digital tools to reach their audiences, it’s vital to create engaging content that stands out. Recently we’ve experimented with Twitter polls, listicles, sharing infographics that explain data and, gifs . Today we share DigitalGov’s tips from January 2016, that we have often referred others to this year. We hope it will…

New! HHS Viral Hepatitis Twitter Handle

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. To coincide with May 19th’s Hepatitis Testing Day observance, the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new Twitter account: @HHS_ViralHep . The new Twitter handle will extend OHAIDP’s efforts to share federal hepatitis resources, build upon…

Making government information more accessible

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The federal government relies on technology to carry out its business and deliver information to citizens – and that means ALL citizens, including more than 13 million in the United States who have at least one disability. Nearly every federal employee plays a role in supporting accessibility. For more than 15 years, the Section 508…