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First Six Months on Twitter: Lessons Learned from Our Twitter Chat (Part 1)

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On March 29, HOPWA celebrated our 6-month Twitter anniversary. We joined Twitter to share HIV housing resources and information. In our short time on Twitter, @HUD_HOPWA  has grown to 273 followers and increased circulation of new publications and resources. We recently hosted a Twitter Chat – a chat on Twitter which allows users to participate…

Positive Spin: New digital storytelling project encourages HIV prevention, testing, and treatment

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We are excited to announce the release of Positive Spin, a digital educational tool that uses the power of personal stories and video to raise awareness about the HIV care continuum and to encourage people living with HIV to get into treatment. The AIDS.gov team worked with our Federal colleagues, healthcare professionals, people living with…

Virtual Office Hours: Social Media Conversations with the HIV Community

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Through Virtual Office Hours, AIDS.gov offers free, personalized technical assistance to help federal and non-federal HIV program staff on how to access, talk about or improve their use of digital tools and social media channels to improve their outreach. We hold these 45-minute sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Eastern). You can register…

The (Positive) Power of Digital Storytelling

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We do a lot of thinking about digital storytelling at AIDS.gov. In particular, we think about using digital tools and social media channels, like video and images, to help share content and to support HIV testing, care and treatment. Wikipedia definition: “Digital storytelling” is a relatively new term which describes the new practice of ordinary…

Evolving our social media strategy to reach women and their families

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In March 2012,  I shared Iris House’s social media strategy. We are a community-based organization that provides comprehensive services and advocacy for women, families, and communities impacted by HIV/AIDS. As we commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, I want to take this opportunity to share with you how our strategy has evolved over…

SAMHSA Announces Funding Opportunity: Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Services for At-Risk Minority Youth and Young Adults

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A new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will support substance abuse and HIV prevention services for at-risk racial/ethnic minority youth and young adults. Eligible applicants are community-level domestic public and private nonprofit entities, tribes, and tribal organizations. Applications are due April 23, 2015. A brief synopsis…

Black Voices: Youth-Focused Digital Outreach with Greater Than AIDS

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#SpeakOutHIV  is an LGBTQ youth-focused campaign from Greater Than AIDS  that emphasizes conversations around relationships, healthcare, and community; it’s a dialogue geared toward eradicating stigma, and it’s driven by the power of digital stories and social media platforms such as YouTube , Facebook , and Twitter . This campaign is so important because between 2008-2010, the U.S. Centers…

Free AIDSinfo Drug App: HIV-Related Drug Information for Health Care Providers and Consumers

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Healthcare providers and consumers need HIV-related drug information and, increasingly, they depend on mobile devices to access that information. AIDSinfo is meeting both needs with the release of the AIDSinfo Drug App. Using data from the AIDSinfo Drug Database, the drug app provides information on more than 100 HIV-related Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved and…