New Media

Using Video to Mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), observed annually on February 7, provides an excellent opportunity to build HIV awareness within and beyond African American communities. Today, we highlight videos—both new and old—that are available through and can be used to generate conversation about the disproportionate impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on African American communities….

Chatting on Twitter for NBHAAD

Wayne Duffus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with its partners, will be hosting a Twitter event tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5, at 2pm ET, to commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), which takes place annually on February 7. Twitter events give us an opportunity to connect with people across the country and in…

Technology and HIV/AIDS Care

Tech at NAESM

This year’s 2013 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities  marked the conference’s tenth year bringing information to the HIV/AIDS to the community. While at the conference, asked Sammy Nesbit from Texas to comment on how technology can be used to overcome barriers to HIV care.  Please view the following…

Text Messaging as an Effective HIV Prevention Intervention for Methamphetamine-using MSM

Men texting

As frequently addressed in this blog, new media is playing an ever-growing role as a tool in our response to HIV/AIDS. We often now see HIV prevention and anti-stigma messages—such as CDC’s several Act Against AIDS campaigns—delivered to the general public via websites, YouTube, and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and others. We…

Getting Started with Pinterest


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Pinterest is a social media platform that demonstrates the power of photo sharing, helping users connect through similar interests. If you are an avid “pinner”, you have seen the boards that users typically create on topics such as fashion, apartment decor, or tourism. Government agencies and nonprofits are seeing the potential for using Pinterest to…

The White House: Opportunities for a Conversation Using New Media


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New media allows us to connect and engage in a conversation. According to Pew Internet & American Life’s Health Online 2013 Report , “78% of those who posted a comment, story, or question about their health say that they did so to reach a general audience of friends or other internet users.” For many, it’s this…

National Day of Service: Locate, Share, Watch, and Pledge


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In honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., thousands of people from across the country will take part in the National Day of Service, January 19. Here are four ways you can use new media to connect to volunteer opportunities and inspire others. LOCATE:  Go to to find a local service…

Pew Online Health 2013 Report


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Shanwlus N. Wonzer-Nesbit from Texas Women's University

Earlier this week, the Pew Internet & American Life Project  released their 2013 Health Report  which provides us with information about how people are going online to access health information. Pew found that one in three American adults have gone online to learn more about a medical condition. Here are some highlights from the Pew report:…