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#mypositivespin – helping address stigma in the Black community

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Last March, we launched the digital storytelling project, Positive Spin to continue to raise awareness and understanding of the HIV care continuum. Given the disproportionate impact of HIV on young Black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and our ongoing commitment to using new media tools in HIV efforts, Positive…

Black Voices: Two Fellows and their Social Media Engagement

Kahlib Barton and Ronnie McCrea

Social media has moved to the epicenter of social change. Personally, I have used multiple platforms to spread awareness, perform outreach, and engage others in challenging conversation. I wanted to know more about how other millennials are using social media, so I interviewed Ronnie McCrea during the 2016 NAESM (National AIDS Education & Services for…

We’re on Snapchat: Add WhiteHouse

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Editor’s Note: We were thrilled to hear that the White House is on Snapchat (and just in time for the State of the Union tonight). If you would like information on using new and emerging tools, like Snapchat, sign up for a Virtual Office Hours session where someone from our social media team can answer…

Twitter & AIDS.gov – Continuing to Learn and Share

Jodi Sperber

In October, we wrote about a noticeable drop in our new followers each month on Twitter, which we discovered as part of our routine monitoring efforts. We were concerned and wanted to understand why this change occurred. We also believe in transparency and sharing as a mechanism to learn, and in that spirit are providing…

Got smartphone. Got INSTAGRAM?

Instagram feed - AIDSgov - for new media blog Oct 6

Instagram has become a key tool for photo-sharing—28% of online adults  in the United States are now using it. If you haven’t yet joined that group, this visually driven platform could be a strong contender for a spot in your social media toolkit. The AIDS.gov team previously shared “how to” Instagram. Now we offer 5…

Highlights – Pew Research Report: Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015

Pew Report August 2015 - FB and Instagram daily usage

AIDS.gov continually monitors digital research and tools that can improve the way we share health information. Today we present highlights from the Pew Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015 Report about how different demographics are using social media platforms.We hope this will help inform your communications planning efforts and help you engage with your audiences…

Is It Time to Try Medium? New Federal-Friendly Terms of Service

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AIDS.gov works to share information on the wide range of digital tools. The following post is by our Federal colleagues at DigitalGov. What is Medium? Good question. Is it a publishing platform , a social network , a distribution channel , a 21st century version of the op-ed page , or something else ? With a continuously evolving feature-set, Medium…

STORIFY: Digital resources for HIV testing beyond #NHTD

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June 27 was the 20th observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). Organizations and individuals across the HIV community use this annual observance to amplify resources that encourage HIV testing as the first step to living healthy. Topsy, a social media analytics tool you can track Twitter conversations and data, stated that the #NHTD hashtag …