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CDC Data Should Spur Action to Protect the Health and Wellbeing of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth

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CDC recently released the first nationally representative data on the health risks of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) high school students. These data show that the approximately 1.3 million LGB youth in this country experience physical and sexual violence and bullying at levels 2 to 3 times higher than their heterosexual peers. Data from CDC’s…

5 Inspiring Stories, 1 message: Get tested, live healthy

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Editor’s Note: For National HIV Testing Day, 5 people shared with us inspiring stories of living healthy – with HIV or by managing their HIV risk. Each of their journeys began with an HIV test. We hope these stories will encourage others to know their status and take control of their well being. Justin Lofton…

FDA Launches Campaign that Affirms LGBT Young Adults’ Freedom to Be, Tobacco Free

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Last week, I had the privilege of participating in the launch of “This Free Life,” the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new anti-smoking campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young adults. This is FDA’s first-ever national campaign designed to prevent and reduce tobacco use among LGBT young adults (ages 18-24) who are occasional…

Meet the 5 Men that are putting a “Positive Spin” on HIV

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Thanks to advances in HIV treatment, people living with HIV who are diagnosed early, linked to care, prescribed antiretroviral therapy (ART), and stay adherent to their medication are able to live healthy lives and reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others. Positive Spin is nominated for a Webby Award . We created this listicle to celebrate…

Why We Launched A Snapchat Account and How We’ll Measure Success

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Editor’s Note: AIDS.gov is learning about Snapchat and today we share how other organizations are using this new tool and measuring impact. Here’s how the Human Rights Campaign  is using Snapchat: “As one of the first nonprofits to launch on Snapchat, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)…

Using our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to Prevent HIV among Our Nation’s Youth

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Summary: Ahead of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Dr. Lansky recognizes the HIV disparities facing youth and actions to improve them. Last week, I attended the National Rx Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, which drew a crowd of nearly 2,000 policymakers, researchers, advocates, parents, and persons in recovery. The widespread abuse of prescription drugs,…

3 Ways Digital Tools Can Reach Youth

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National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) is on April 10, and Advocates for Youth plans and leads this observance. Rachel Cooke, Associate Director for Communications at Advocates for Youth, recently shared the following takeaways about how digital tools fit into their NYHAAD planning and dissemination. How has your integration of digital communication tools…

March 20 is National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide effort designed to promote HIV testing and awareness in Native communities. March 20, 2016 marks the 10th annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This year’s theme is “Hear Indigenous Voices: Uniting Bold Voices of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders.” HIV/AIDS testing is free…