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Making the most of hashtags on Twitter

Hashtags provide a quick and easy way to search, organize, and share information on Twitter. What are they? Hashtags can be any word preceded by the # symbol. Using them lets you associate your tweets with a larger topic (e.g., #HIV), group, or conversation. Why use them? Adding hashtags to your tweet is like adding…

5 Inspiring Stories, 1 message: Get tested, live healthy

Editor’s Note: For National HIV Testing Day, 5 people shared with us inspiring stories of living healthy – with HIV or by managing their HIV risk. Each of their journeys began with an HIV test. We hope these stories will encourage others to know their status and take control of their well being. Justin Lofton…

National HIV Testing Day: Deondre’s story

Tests tend to make a lot of us very nervous. Though we may study and prepare, there always seems to be some sort of anxiety or nervousness that comes with taking them. For me, it‘s the thought of not knowing 100% what the end result will be. The truth is that we don’t always get…

National HIV Testing Day 2016: Digital Communication Tools

Digital tools have transformed the ways we share HIV messages. Each HIV/AIDS observance day is an opportunity to use those tools to encourage individuals to know their HIV status and stay healthy. For National HIV Testing Day 2016 – June 27th – we want to draw attention to several digital communication tools that can support…

#NHTD Twitter Chat and Thunderclap: Are you #DoingIt?

In support of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), CDC’s National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) will host a Twitter chat and Thunderclap, which are available to all partners. The Twitter chat will be held on June 23 from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT, and it is moderated by @CDCNPIN and Dr. Jonathan Mermin (@DrMerminCDC) , director…

Men’s Health Month: Come Chat with Us!

Together with many of our community colleagues and AIDS.gov, NMAC and Altarum have joined forces to commemorate Men’s Health Month [external-disclaimer]. Men’s Health Month is observed every year in June, and the goal is to raise awareness about preventable health problems, as well as to encourage early detection and treatment of illnesses among men and…

How to Make your Facebook Content ‘POP’ with Images

Facebook is a highly visual medium. Studies  show that Facebook posts featuring photos  are the most noticed, liked, and shared. Posts featuring an image stand out in the news feeds of people who like your page. While a great image can cut through the clutter, you don’t need to fill your feed. Think “representative” and…

Addressing HIV with Digital Resources

Earlier this year, CDC released new projections of lifetime risks of acquiring HIV – “If current HIV diagnoses rates persist, about 1 in 2 black men who have sex with men (MSM) and 1 in 4 Latino MSM in the United States will be diagnosed with HIV during their lifetime, according to a new analysis…