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Happy Holidays from AIDS.gov

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A study out of Kenya and published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that weekly text message to patients with a single word — “Mambo?” (“How are you?”) helped patients feel cared for and supported. This holiday season, we hope you, too, feel cared for and supported.

Measuring World AIDS Day 2013

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World AIDS Day was another huge success for AIDS.gov in 2013. It was the busiest day in the website’s history in terms of raw audience numbers. One major goal for AIDS.gov, especially on World AIDS Day, is to increase access to HIV testing and care services. Our main avenue for this information is the HIV Testing…

How YOU Were #FacingAIDS for World AIDS Day (Storify)

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“Hashtag” was the word of the year in 2012, and we’ve seen its use expand from Twitter to Instagram, Facebook, Vine, and other social networks in the last few years. Hashtags link unique keywords and phrases with the “#” symbol, allowing conversations to be more organized and searchable across social network users. We commonly use…

HIV Activist Shares His Experiences with Facing AIDS Initiative

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Editors Note: Bradford McIntyre, an HIV activist who runs the “Positively Positive: Living with HIV” website in Canada (www.PositivelyPositive.ca ) has participated in AIDS.gov’s #FacingAIDS initiative for four years. We asked him how he heard about the initiative, how he uses it in his work, and what Facing AIDS means to him. How did you first…

Giving Thanks and Gearing Up for World AIDS Day

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Today is Thanksgiving and World AIDS Day (December 1) is right around the corner. We at AIDS.gov wanted to take a moment to thank you, the HIV community, for the work that you do. Your commitment is an integral part of what will help bring us closer to an AIDS-free generation. To this end, we’ve…

Join the World AIDS Day Thunderclap for HIV Testing & Services

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We know that using social media can be a powerful way to communicate our messages, and we’re always looking at how we can amplify those messages even more. Last August, Howto.gov hosted a webinar on Thunderclap , a new online tool designed to create action with social media (you can view the webinar here). It inspired…

New Pew Report Released: The Diagnosis Difference

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Editor’s Note: Scientific and technological advances have made HIV a manageable chronic disease for many people, allowing individuals to lead healthy, happy, and productive lives. With World AIDS Day (December 1) approaching, Pew Research Center’s new report about how people living with a chronic disease access health information and use social media is particularly timely….

Write. Snap. Share. Download the app(s).

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Last year we released the first version of the Facing AIDS app for iOS (iPhone and iPad) . This year we’re pleased to share the updated version of the app, which is now available for Android . It’s also available in English and Spanish. Just like the original app, simply take a photo or select one from your…