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Facebook, Instant Messaging, Skype and More—To Encourage HIV Testing

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Last month, we attended the 9th Annual National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities (AAMSM) in New Orleans, LA,  to encourage the use of new media in HIV/AIDS programs. Over 350 federal, state, and local health officials, community based organizations (CBOs), HIV/AIDS service providers, and community leaders gathered to share…

Taking the AIDS.gov HIV/AIDS Prevention & Service Provider Locator to Facebook

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Eight hundred million people are active users of Facebook , according to the site’s own statistics. That’s one in nine people living today. Of those 800 million, over 50% check their account on a daily basis. Because it serves as a connecting point for millions, we developed a Facebook app with our HIV/AIDS Prevention and…

Geosocial Connections: Where we’ve been and where we’re going

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A recent Pew Internet & American Life Project study [PDF-843KB] found that 28% of American adults use mobile and social location-based or “geosocial” services and 55% of smartphone owners use global positioning systems (GPS) for directions and recommendations of places to visit. Geosocial networking uses location-based software or “geolocation” and GPS to identify an individual’s…

Recapping the 2011 mHealth Conference

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The 3rd Annual mHealth Summit took place from December 6-8 at the Gaylord Convention Center near Washington, DC. The summit presented by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health brings together developers, health care professionals,  and government officials to talk about the science and the promise of mobile health technologies. Secretary of Health and…

A Remarkable Day: The Beginning of the End of AIDS

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Optimism. Passion. Poignancy. Excitement.  Last week’s World AIDS Day observances generated these emotions worldwide. Thirty years ago, when the first federal first reports of AIDS emerged, none of the new media tools we use today were available. Since then, so much has changed to inform people about HIV and AIDS. Within the Office of the…

How the Administration on Aging Embraced Social Media through Facebook

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In 2009, Facebook’s popularity was escalating and we started to believe that we were missing an important communications opportunity if we didn’t develop an Administration on Aging (AoA) Facebook page.  Before we started planning AoA’s Facebook page , we needed to ask and answer some questions. Who would be our audience and how would they…

One Month until World AIDS Day (December 1): How are YOU Facing AIDS?

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Co-authored by Aisha Moore, Communications Director and Deb LeBel, Partnerships Specialist, AIDS.gov

World AIDS Day (December 1) is a month away and once again we’re using social networking and photos to share messages about how we are all still Facing AIDS. Some of us once knew a world without AIDS, and for others AIDS has been around our entire lifetime. No matter your age or your familiarity with the epidemic and the many people who have been infected or affected, we hope you’ll join us again this year.

New Media Round-Up

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that planning is a very important part of our approach to new media. What you might not know is that we often plan our blog posts, particularly those about new media, weeks in advance. We believe strongly in the importance of planning—but we…