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Start Your HIV Prevention Planning for Adolescent Health with the New School Year

How young people learn about health issues

Don’t wait till spring! The beginning of a new school year presents a great opportunity to start thinking about integrating HIV prevention programming into young people’s lives. While youth as a whole are not overrepresented among HIV positive communities, adolescents are particularly vulnerable to disease transmission due to their risk-taking stage of life. Currently, each…

Google+: A primer for the HIV/AIDS Community

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Co-authored by Jodi Sperber, Consultant, John Snow Inc.

Google+ Exit Disclaimer was released to a limited audience (in beta) on June 28, 2011 and has received a lot of attention since then. Within the first month, over 10 million people signed up to try it out. You may have seen the Google +1 button which is similar to the “like” on Facebook, but what’s it really about?

Using Video to Tell Your Story: Reflections on 30 Years of AIDS and the One-Year Anniversary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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I am the Strategy. Are You?

More than half of all internet users have watched and downloaded online videos according to the The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project . And over the past few weeks, we’ve shared videos about the importance of HIV testing and the progress that has been made since the first cases of AIDS were…

Social Media for Nonprofits

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Last month, I attended Social Media for Nonprofits in San Francisco, a conference series taking place in cities across the country. The conferences bring together social media experts and nonprofit leaders to share what’s working in fundraising, marketing, and advocacy. I learned about several social media tools and tips relevant for the AIDS community. Participate….

AIDS.gov Surpasses 100,000 Twitter Followers – What Does It Really Mean?

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The last month and a half has been a busy time for the HIV community. We commemorated 30 years since the first reported cases of AIDS on June 5, promoted National HIV Testing Day on June 27, and recognized the one-year anniversary of the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy on July 13. And amidst…

6th International AIDS Society Conference Underway This Week

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This week, over 5,000 delegates from around the world are attending the 6th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2011) in Rome, Italy. This biannual conference is the world’s largest open scientific conference on HIV/AIDS, and provides “a unique opportunity for the world’s leading scientists, clinicians, public health experts and…

Social Media at the 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference

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The 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) will be held in Atlanta, August 14-17. Once again, the NHPC will work to educate attendees about the benefits of using social media strategies in their HIV prevention and outreach efforts. The conference will also be using social media to bring together the conference followers, update attendees on…

Looking Back at 30 Years of AIDS

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One month ago, June 5, 2011 commemorated 30 years of AIDS in the U.S. Much has changed since 1981 (see this timeline for a history of AIDS). Not only has the epidemic changed, but so has how we communicate with each other. I remember what an impact the fax machine had on how we shared…