Start Your HIV Prevention Planning for Adolescent Health with the New School Year

How young people learn about health issues

Don’t wait till spring! The beginning of a new school year presents a great opportunity to start thinking about integrating HIV prevention programming into young people’s lives. While youth as a whole are not overrepresented among HIV positive communities, adolescents are particularly vulnerable to disease transmission due to their risk-taking stage of life. Currently, each…

Emory Launches New Tool to Visualize HIV Epidemic in the US

Screenshot of AIDSVu

Today, the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University launched AIDSVu , an interactive online map that, 30 years into the epidemic, provides a detailed view of the number of people living with an HIV diagnosis in the United States by state and county. AIDSVu is a project of Emory University that aims to…

April is STD Awareness Month. Did you GYT?

Get yourself talking with your patients. GYT

April is STD Awareness Month.  Every year there are over 19 million new cases of STDs in the United States (CDC). Half of these new STD infections occur among young people ages 15 to 24 even though this age group makes up only 25% of the sexually active population. There are many negative outcomes of…

HHS Launches New Website: screenshot

Today, HHS launches a new website called The site provides information from government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators, and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying. It also provides information on finding help if you, or someone you know, is being bullied. In October 2010, we posted twice…

National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition’s New Focus: New Media


According to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, MSM (men who have sex with men) and racial and ethnic minorities are both disproportionately affected by HIV. We spoke with Venton Jones from The National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition (NBGMAC)* about his efforts to use new media to extend the reach of their programs. NBGMAC will be…

Future Federal Directions in Mobile Technology and Health


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Katelyn Sabochik, Audie Atienza

Co-authored by Michele Clark, Managing Director What is the role of mobile technology in Federal government health communication? Where are we going? At last week's Federal HIV/AIDS Web Council (FHAWC) meeting, we asked four of the leading voices in mobile and public health these questions. We heard from the White House, General Services Administration (GSA)…

Federal HIV/AIDS Web Council: Grateful Collaboration


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FHAWC members at the 2011 annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Co-authored by: Deb LeBel, Partnerships Specialist, and Cathy Thomas, Technical Director As we start the New Year, we're launching a series about new media planning. In upcoming weeks we'll be hearing from our community and Federal colleagues about steps they are taking to implement a new media strategy. At we use new…

New York State Department of Health: Breaking Ground in New Media Response to HIV and STIs


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AIDS Institute Department of Health Social Media Forum staff

Earlier this month, we participated in the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute’s forum, Social Media: Going Viral Against HIV and STIs . The room was filled with nearly 300 public health colleagues from across New York who were there to learn and share how they use social media in response to HIV….