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Making government information more accessible

The federal government relies on technology to carry out its business and deliver information to citizens – and that means ALL citizens, including more than 13 million in the United States who have at least one disability. Nearly every federal employee plays a role in supporting accessibility. For more than 15 years, the Section 508…

FDA Launches Campaign that Affirms LGBT Young Adults’ Freedom to Be, Tobacco Free

Last week, I had the privilege of participating in the launch of “This Free Life,” the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new anti-smoking campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young adults. This is FDA’s first-ever national campaign designed to prevent and reduce tobacco use among LGBT young adults (ages 18-24) who are occasional…

Hepatitis Awareness Month: Join the Twitter Chat!

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and Altarum and NMAC are taking to Twitter to spread the word about viral hepatitis, particularly in minority communities. Millions of Americans in every community are living with viral hepatitis. While anyone can be exposed, being informed about which communities are disproportionately impacted can help focus…

A (former) White House Intern’s Personal Reflection on AIDS

When our (former) ONAP intern, Daniel, told me what prompted his interest in HIV/AIDS work, I was quite moved and wanted you all to hear his story, too. This young man is driven by similar factors that motivated thousands of us many years ago: a personal connection, inspiration derived from witnessing extraordinary bravery, and a…

The Evolution of Digital Image-Sharing

Images are an  important part of storytelling. For the HIV community, images have long provided a way to tell stories, share experiences, inspire people to get tested, etc. Images like those of ACT UP protests, or the AIDS Memorial Quilt covering the National Mall in Washington, D.C., created a sense of urgency and/or empathy for…

Twitter Polls: Same Channel, New Engagement

AIDS.gov is always exploring how social media can amplify our engagement . Our unofficial motto is LETS (Learn, Explore, Try, Share) DO THIS! When Twitter Polls were launched in October 2015, we started watching some brands use them. Before we tried a Twitter Poll, we set three goals: First, we wanted to test the viability…

Meet the 5 Men that are putting a “Positive Spin” on HIV

Thanks to advances in HIV treatment, people living with HIV who are diagnosed early, linked to care, prescribed antiretroviral therapy (ART), and stay adherent to their medication are able to live healthy lives and reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others. Positive Spin is nominated for a Webby Award . We created this listicle to celebrate…

Why We Launched A Snapchat Account and How We’ll Measure Success

Editor’s Note: AIDS.gov is learning about Snapchat and today we share how other organizations are using this new tool and measuring impact. Here’s how the Human Rights Campaign  is using Snapchat: “As one of the first nonprofits to launch on Snapchat, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)…