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I Know. I Took the Test: National HIV Testing Day Call to Action

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Back in April, I shared that according to CDC estimates, one of every five people living with HIV in the U.S. is unaware of their HIV status. Stigma remains a barrier to people getting an HIV test. I also asked for your suggestions in naming our AIDS.gov National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) initiative which will…

The Wonderful World of Widgets

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Widgets . Gadgets . Call them what you’d like, but there is definitely a lot of buzz around these small applications that you can embed in a social network site, blog, or website. Our Federal colleagues have developed salmonella, flu, and HIV test widgets. At AIDS.gov, we’re starting to use widgets, too. We used a…

Capitol Hill Conference: Future Directions in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

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On Wednesday I had the pleasure of speaking about new media during the “Capitol Hill Conference: Future Directions in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS” co-sponsored by amfAR and Research!America . This event brought together international HIV experts, celebrity advocates, and government officials to talk about the importance of HIV research and a National AIDS Strategy. The…

Quest for an HIV Vaccine Continues: HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

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HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD

Wear the upside-down AIDS ribbon to create a “V” for “vaccine” and the vision of a world without AIDS. Recently I talked with Kathy Stover from NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) — the lead organizer for HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD) – May 18. As HVAD approaches, I wanted to learn…

2009 National Technology Conference: Highlights for the HIV Community

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NTC Conference

Last week, Jennie Anderson and I attended the Nonprofit Technology Network’s (NTEN) 2009 National Technology Conference (NTC) . Because many AIDS service organizations are non-profits, the conference provides us with an opportunity to gain invaluable insight into how non-profit organizations across the country and around the world are using new media to inspire, connect and…

Personal Health Records and People Living with HIV

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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…