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Register Now: “HIV Testing for an AIDS-Free Generation” Webinar/Call

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To support the 2012 observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), AIDS.gov (on behalf of HHS) will host a webinar/conference call “HIV Testing for an AIDS-Free Generation” on Tuesday June 26, 2012 from 2-3 p.m. (EDT). Register for this event, which is open to the public, by June 22. Federal staff, grantees and stakeholders working…

Twitter on the Rise

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Twitter Usage Over Time

Last week, the Pew Internet & American Life Project released the 2012 version of their annual report on Twitter use.  As soon as I read the news about the report (via Twitter!), I shared it with the rest of the the AIDS.gov team, released an AIDS.gov tweet about it, and decided to write this blog…

Stories that Change Behavior

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Storytelling Workshop with Dr. William Smith

Heard any good stories about HIV or STIs lately? Told any? What makes a good story? Dr. William Smith, Editor of Social Marketing Quarterly, asked about 20 invited participants at a May 18, 2012 workshop, “Telling Stories to Fight STIs and HIV/AIDS,” to consider the elements of a good story and then use them to…

Roadmap for a Digital Government

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When the Internet revolution arrived in the 1990s, the U.S. Government embraced this new medium to interact with the American people.  Today, what started as basic information pages has evolved into sophisticated transactional systems that allow us to pay taxes online, download medical records, and so much more. Like the 1990s, we are now in…

The New Facebook Timeline: A Tool in Response to HIV

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AIDS.gov Facebook Timeline

It’s estimated that 96% of Facebook users never revisit fan pages once they hit the “like” button. We at AIDS.gov hope this changes with the new features of the Facebook timeline for Facebook Pages. Three months ago, Facebook announced that Facebook Page owners had a month to update their profiles to the new timeline format…

Digital Storytelling: A Community Tool to End HIV Stigma

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All the Truly Important Things - Digital Storytelling

At AIDS.gov we’ve been thinking a lot about the power of storytelling. In the HIV community, everyone has a story to bring to the table, and more people are sharing theirs with new media. Many tools are available to help to facilitate storytelling and have conversations around HIV. One example of a tool used to…

Interested in Hosting an AIDS 2012 HUB? Help is Available.

AIDS2012 Hub in a Box

More than 20,000. That’s the number of delegates that are expected to attend AIDS 2012. According to organizers, the conference received 11,715 abstracts from scientists around the world seeking to showcase their research at the conference. That is a 15% increase from the 2010 conference in Vienna, Austria. After a rigorous peer review process, the…

Tumbling Uphill: Social Blogging Site Tumblr on the Rise

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At AIDS.gov we continuously follow and research emerging social media tools for what may be the next big application. However, one of the big stories of 2011 wasn’t around an “emerging” tool, but one that had been with us since 2007. Tumblr is a social blogging site that that allows individual blog posts to be…