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Personal Health Records and People Living with HIV

Chitra Mohla

I spoke with Chitra Mohla from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to learn more about Personal Health Records (PHRs) and their importance in the HIV community. A PHR allows you to store and manage all your information in one place. Chitra told me that people who are chronically ill are…

Responding Rapidly to Public Health Emergencies Using New Media: Swine Flu

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As many of you know, this week, HHS declared swine flu to be a national public health emergency. At AIDS.gov we’re particularly concerned about this issue because people with compromised immune systems, including those living with HIV/AIDS, are more likely to become ill from diseases like the flu. New media tools can help support our…

Ready to Share: NAPWA Embraces New Media

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Earlier this week, Michelle Samplin-Salgado and I gave a workshop on using new media in response to HIV/AIDS at the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) annual Skills Building Institute for HIV Testing and Awareness Day Events and Campaigns. The Institute is part of NAPWA’s “Mobilized to Succeed” initiative. It was an honor to…

Open for Suggestions: Help us name this year’s National HIV Testing Day Project!

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One out of five – that’s the latest CDC estimate of how many people living with HIV in the U.S. are unaware of their HIV status. People who know their HIV status are more likely to take action to improve their health and well-being. So HIV testing is essential––yet, for many people, the stigma around…

Using New Media to Act Against AIDS

Every 9 1/2 minutes someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV. Get the facts. CDC. NineAndAHalfMinutes.org.

Every 9½ minutes someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV. That’s the message behind a national campaign that was announced today by officials from the White House, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the CDC. Act Against AIDS is a new five-year national communication campaign that will highlight this alarming statistic…

Reaching Gay Men Using the Internet

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Earlier this week, I attended a technical assistance meeting sponsored by the National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) about reaching gay men using the Internet. Engaging in a dialogue on how gay men are using the Internet and its impact on HIV transmission, testing…

Sex::Tech: Using Technology to Reach Youth with HIV and Sexual Health Information

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Deb Levine

Co-authored by Josie Halpern-Finnerty, AIDS.gov. Last week at ISIS, Inc.’s Sex::Tech conference , we heard from leading voices in the field that we need to engage with our young audiences and use the tools they use to provide HIV and sexual health information. As ISIS Executive Director Deb Levine said in her opening remarks, we…

Applying Lessons Learned from South by Southwest (SXSW) to HIV

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We’re changing our tone here at AIDS.gov, increasing our transparency and letting you know just who “we” are. Stay tuned for more…and let us know what you think! Last week was the annual South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas. Our HHS colleague Andrew Wilson attended nearly 25 panels and presentations on new…