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Updated New Media Toolkit Now Available on AIDS.gov

New Media Tool page

As a part of our technical assistance and training efforts with the HIV community, we provide resources on how to use new media. We recently updated the “New Media Tools” section of AIDS.gov. The section features overviews of various new media tools, and provides: a description of the tool data on who is using the…

Supporting National HIV Testing Day with New Media

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June 26 - National HIV Testing Day

With the annual observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on June 27, advocates, policy makers, healthcare providers, and others encourage people to “Take the Test. Take Control”. Since NHTD was first observed in 2005, we have seen a tremendous rise in the use of new media tools. In June 2010, AIDS.gov launched the HIV…

New Tool Can Assist Adults in Obtaining Recommended Vaccines

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HealthMap Vaccine Finder

While we hear a lot about the importance of getting a flu shot, there are many other vaccines that are recommended for adults. Starting this month, it will be easier to find all of the vaccinations you need. The HealthMap Vaccine Finder is a free online service that helps you locate nearby vaccine providers (such…

Getting Started with Pinterest

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Pinterest is a social media platform that demonstrates the power of photo sharing, helping users connect through similar interests. If you are an avid “pinner”, you have seen the boards that users typically create on topics such as fashion, apartment decor, or tourism. Government agencies and nonprofits are seeing the potential for using Pinterest to…

Announcing the Locator API

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We’re pleased to announce a more flexible way to access the information found in our HIV/AIDS Service Provider Locator tool (a location-based search tool that allows you to search for testing services, housing providers, health centers and other service providers near your current location). We’re launching an API, or application programming interface, making it possible…

Who. What. When. Where. Widget.

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We think a lot about spreading the news. Today we are excited to launch the Federal HIV/AIDS News Feed Widget. The AIDS.gov widget consolidates the many federal HIV/AIDS news updates released by our partner U.S government (USG) agencies. Follow the following feeds to learn about program or policy updates, new resources, funding opportunities, upcoming events,…

Open Data in Action: What is an API?

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In the past, information or data sharing typically required a fee or specific agreements. For example, if you wanted to get content from a news article, you had to buy a newspaper. Technology has changed how we share information: it has removed barriers and created incentives for open data sharing. One way that online data…

A Box of Tools for National HIV Testing Day 2011

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Co-authored by Deb LeBel, Partnerships Specialist, AIDS.gov

This is the season for toolboxes. Sunday was Father’s Day – and tools are a popular gift for dads. Summer is the time when many of us pull out our toolboxes to work on home improvement or hobby projects.

So that got us thinking about the “tools” we have in our HIV prevention