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Using New Media on College Campuses to Improve HIV/AIDS Education

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It’s that time of year. Students across the country are settling into colleges and universities, many living away from home and responsible for their own well-being for the first time. As a college student and summer intern for AIDS.gov, I’m interested in how college campuses are using social media to promote awareness around HIV/AIDS. Why…

Lost a Follower? Tracking Followers and Unfollowers on Twitter

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Last week we shared a video from AIDS 2014 that discussed going beyond the number of followers who “like” and “share” your content on social media, and focusing on the the impact of your messaging for HIV prevention. Impacting people on social media however involves growing and building a following. But what happens when you…

Harnessing the Potential of Social Media in HIV Prevention- Voices from AIDS 2014

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Earlier this week, our AIDS.gov team blogged about the lessons we’ve learned in the use of online video as part of our ongoing efforts to use social media in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Today, the fourth day of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, I had the opportunity to…

If You Film It, Will They Watch?

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If you’ve been following our blog and social media channels this week, you’ve likely noticed we’re producing videos from the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) . Starting on Sunday morning with a message from Dr. Fauci, and continuing throughout the week with highlights from Dr. Ron Valdiserri, Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, Ambassador Deborah Birx, and other senior…

What’s A Twitter Chat? Let’s Chat for HIV/AIDS

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Twitter chats, also called “tweetchats”, have increasingly become a way to discuss key topics and exchange knowledge and resources among experts and community members . Twitter chats can be excellent opportunities to network with those in your field, learn about new topics, and gain visibility for your work. Many HIV organizations host Twitter chats on health topics,…

Maximizing Community Reach: Social Media Peer Mentors

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For many HIV/AIDS agencies, social media can be an effective tool to build awareness and knowledge, recruit community members to participate in prevention and care programs, promote community events, and increase HIV testing. Nevertheless, simply having a social media presence is often not enough to meet these goals. How can HIV/AIDS prevention and care organizations…

Tips for Producing Online Videos

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Every day, millions of videos are uploaded to the internet to inform, teach and entertain. In 2005, when YouTube launched, I personally did not immediately grasp its significance. Fast forward to 2014 where there is hardly anyone who uses the internet that has not clicked on a video link. Today, video is a vital part…

3 Takeaways from our Black Voices Blog Series

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From the beginning of the AIDS.gov blog, we found that encouraging conversations is the best way to ensure that we are connecting with our readers. By joining our “voice” with the voices of those we are working to reach and serve, we work together to increase access to HIV/AIDS information. Our conversations have yielded important…