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Top 5 Digital Trends of 2014 for the HIV community

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The AIDS.gov team monitors the digital landscape so we can adapt our outreach to meet our audiences’ communication preferences. We also learn about the HIV community’s evolving needs through AIDS.gov’s Social Media Labs—free, in-person, technical assistance sessions we offer at conferences—and our newly launched Virtual Office Hours, when we offer free technical assistance twice each…

Social Media and Accessibility: Resources to Know

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When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, there was no Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Since then, the number of social media channels, and their use for communication among all demographics, has grown exponentially. Unfortunately, however, despite newer ways to reach individuals living with disabilities, many individuals in this community face challenges…

Black Voices: HIV from a Friend’s Perspective

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As an HIV-negative, black, gay male, I can’t pretend to know the feelings and emotions that come with discovering that you are HIV-positive. However, what I do know is that I have chosen to use my skills in marketing and communications to inform, influence, advocate, and serve as an ally for individuals near and far…

The 2014 Liver Meeting – Report on Viral Hepatitis Coverage at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Meeting

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Last month, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) annual meeting  (The Liver Meeting®) took place, convening nearly 10,000 physicians, surgeons, researchers, allied health professionals and advocates from around the world to discuss the natural history, prevention, and cure of liver diseases. With the availability of new all-oral, direct-acting agents (DAAs), there…

Millennials and Social Media: Engaging, Mobilizing, and Learning for HIV Outreach

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 50,000 Americans are newly infected with HIV each year. Of those, one in four (26%) is 13-24 years old. In 2012, the highest rate of new diagnoses of HIV infection occurred among people aged 20–24 years. In response to these rates, government agencies, youth-focused…

AIDS.gov Virtual Office Hours! Register now for free social media training

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AIDS.gov Virtual Office Hours is our new social media technical assistance service. Registering for a Virtual Office Hours session gives you one-on-one time with an AIDS.gov social media expert, to ask questions about new media tools, learn strategies that are well-suited to your HIV outreach, and share your organization’s best practices. You can make an…

Social Media Technical Assistance at the #APHA14 Conference and After

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Over 10,000 public health professionals recently gathered in New Orleans to attend the American Public Health Association’s 142nd Annual Meeting . For the second year, we collaborated with APHA to provide conference attendees with free social media technical assistance (TA) during two full days of the conference. This year, conference attendees had two ways to receive…

Black Voices Bloggers on World AIDS Day 2014

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December 1st was World AIDS Day, and the U.S. Government theme for this year was ‘Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.” In recognition of this global observance in the HIV community, the AIDS.gov Black Voices bloggers shared their individual perspectives on one question: Is World AIDS Day a celebration or a call to action? “World…